Amanda trained at London's Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Her career in Australia span's 28 years' working in all media including theatre, film, TV and radio. She has appeared in leading roles for practically every major theatre company and most leading entrepreneurs. She has won several very significant awards, for Shirley Valentine, The Rise and Fall of Little Voice (Norman Kessell Award), for Miss Hannigan in Annie (Colleen Clifford Award), Maria Callas in Master Class (a Green Room Award and a Robert Helpmann Award for best actress), and a second Helpmann Award for Best Female Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical for her role as Mercedes Cortez in the Australian Musical, Eureka! Amanda has just been nominated for an AFI Award for 'Best Guest or Supporting Actress In A Television Drama' (2008), for her role of Kathy Booth for Network Seven's City Homicide. She is best remembered for her portrayal of Chrissie Latham in Prisoner and Connie Ryan in Richmond Hill, as well as for appearances in A Country Practice, Cop Shop, Holiday Island, Headland, Peter And Pompey, Sweet & Sour, Willing And Able, Women Of The Sun and Sara Dane.
Amanda's life on stage is extremely active and demanding. During her career she has experienced disabling and worrisome chronic pain for which she has needed help from time to time. She now manages her pain well and is happy to speak out for those people distressed and isolated by chronic pain.
Alison Thomson OAM
Alison speaks out for Chronic Pain Australia - she knows about the devastation of long term pain, being an aid worker in devastated parts of the world. Last year she won an OAM for her aid work around the world. Alison wrote this letter back home early in 2010:
Hi mum and dad
The Leader – Australia Day Honours : Haiti Worker is Honoured - by Monica Leary
IN THE middle of the rubble and human misery of Haiti there could be a little pocket of celebration when Cronulla aid worker Alison Thompson officially receives her Order of Australia Medal (OAM).The medal is for the former teacher’s humanitarian aid work, particularly in the Peraliya region of Sri Lanka, in the post-tsunami trauma of late 2004. Now her proud parents are understandably worried about their daughter’s presence in earthquake-ravaged Haiti. More