Amanda Pays entered the world of cinematography with a previous pedigree, as she was born and raised in an acting family. Namely Amanda’s parents Jan and Howard Pays were both successful actors, who certainly influenced Amanda to develop her talents and intrigued her desire to follow in her parents’ footsteps and become a renowned actress herself.
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Early life and family
Amanda comes from a family that was all about the film industry, namely her mother Jan (née Miller) used to be an actress, as well as her younger sister, Amada’s aunt Mandy Miller, who surpassed even older sister Jan and gained fame over the years’ 50, and after whom Amanda was later named.
Her father Howard Pays, also an actor and later a talent agent, met her mother Jan while filming the 1955-56 ITV soap opera “Sixpenny Corner” which was broadcast daily. Amanda was born in London on June 6, 1959 and from an early age she was surrounded by an acting environment that encouraged her to get involved in acting clubs at school and take her first acting steps. Being a girls club, she was the one who got male roles because of her throaty voice. Amanda studied at London’s Academy of Live and Recorded Arts, which, as she says, opened many doors in her life.
Later, motivated by her mother Jan, Amanda tried herself in the modeling business and sent photos to an agency that immediately accepted her. She continued to model successfully for the next four years until she switched to acting. Her first role was in the movie “The Cold Room”, directed by James Dearden in 1984.
1984 was a milestone for Amanda, not only career-wise, but she also married Peter Kohn, a son of film producer John Kohn, but that lasted only three years until 1987 when they divorced. Later, Peter was appointed as a production manager in the franchise “Pirates of the Caribbean”.
Not long after, Amanda met Corbin Bernsen, and they married in 1988 – they are still married.
Amanda and Corbin have four sons – Oliver was born on March 14, 1989 in Los Angeles, California, USA, and is also involved in films as a production designer and director, being recognized for his films “Midland” (2015) and “Connective Tissue” ( 2020).
In 1992 on March 19, Amanda gave birth to twins Angus and Henry in Los Angeles – with their older brother, they decided to build a career in acting and directing films. Henry is known for “Carpool Guy” (2005) and “When We Get To Heaven” (2012), while his brother is known for movies Rise (2019) and Upright (2019).
Amanda’s youngest child Finley was born in Hampshire, England, UK on June 9, 1998.
He is also an actor and together with his brother Henry he appeared in the movie “Carpool Guy” (2005), and later in the movie “25 Hill” in 2011.
Amanda has appeared in several movies and TV shows as well as some music videos. Her official acting career began in 1984, interestingly with a dual role, as both Carla Martin and Christa Bruckner in the James Dearden film “The Cold Room” for HBO. In 1985, she had her TV series debut as Sarah in the miniseries “AD”, also known as “Anno Domini”.
Amanda, versatile as she is, in 1988 worked on the documentary project “Computer Dreams” in the role of narrator.
It is also worth mentioning her role in the movie “Off limits” (1988) as sister Nicole, a French nun. In 1993, she guest-starred as Phoebe Green in the world famous TV show “The X-Files” episode “Fire”, then in the episode “Cindy Plumb” of the series “Nip/Tuck” (2006) as in the episode “Black and Tan: A Crime of Fashion” from the famous series “Psych” (2008). Her recent work was in the series “The Flash”, in which she played the role of Dr. Christina “Tina” McGee.
Amanda has appeared in nearly 30 TV shows and more than 10 films throughout her 36-year career.
Even though she is now involved in other businesses, she is still an actress and recently appeared in the role of Olivia in the movie “Marry for Mayor” (2020).
Amanda as interior decorator
Recently, Amanda refocused on interior design and hosted the TV show “Breathing Room” on the Fine Living network channel. Amanda enjoys growing, which she learned from her father, who, as she puts it, ‘was a real house flipper’. She and her husband recently moved to Germantown, New York, where they bought an 1880s ranch and remodeled it in her own way. Amanda says she felt completely fulfilled as an interior designer.
Amanda and her husband developed a home refurbishing business, applying all the knowledge and skills she had learned from her father to renovate old houses and sell them for a higher price. It’s no secret that Amanda and her husband bought a house in Sherman Oaks for $1.275 million and later sold it for $1.55 million, making a nominal profit of $275,000.
Amanda and her husband have also published a book called “Open House,” which focuses on “reinventing space for simple living,” on remodeling and interior design.
Amanda’s Net Worth
Along with her husband Carbin, Amanda has a net worth of more than $16 million, from acting but boosted by selling homes in the Los Angeles area – for example, they sold their home in Valley Village, California, US for $2.55 million. and a nearby $1.4 million home to singer and actress Katherine McPhee. Amanda and her husband also own a farm in France, which apparently contributes to their income.
When it comes to Amanda, it’s hard not to notice her wide smile that she wears most of the time. She has blue eyes and flat hair, which she used to change color often, but today her hair is a gray-blonde color. Her height is 170 cm and her weight is about 57 kg. Amanda says her weight was about 110 pounds when she was modeling, but she feels healthier and more comfortable with her current weight. Amanda’s life dynamism and her fine diet keep her figure fit and healthy.