Amanda Barrie (born Shirley Anne Broadbent on 14th September 1935 in Ashton-under-Lyne, Lancashire) is a much-loved English actress, and has been a hit on TV and the Big Screen since the 1960's.
She was also in two of the Carry On films, an extensive series of British comedy films. She had a supporting turn as a cab driver in Carry On Cabby (1963) and took the title role in Carry On Cleo (1964).
Barrie is probably best known for her role as a café proprietor's wife, Alma Sedgewick (later Baldwin), on the British soap opera Coronation Street. She was a bit player in the early to mid 1980s before she was offered a contract in 1988 where she became a very well-known character. She played the role until she decided to retire in 2001. In the story, Alma was diagnosed with terminal cervical cancer which later caused her death.
Since leaving Coronation Street, she has continued to act in the popular ITV1 prison series, Bad Girls, playing inmate Bev Tull from the fifth series to the last, along with Phyl Oswyn played by Stephanie Beacham. The characters together were known as "The Costa Cons". She also became one of the celebrities who took part in Hell's Kitchen; a popular ITV1 “reality TV” series which screened in 2004. From November 2006 to January 2007, Amanda took a starring role in the pantomime adaption of Jack and the Beanstalk in Canterbury, Kent. From December 2007 to January 2008, she appeared as the Fairy Godmother in the pantomime adaption of Cinderalla at the Gordon Craig Theatre in Stevenage, Hertfordshire.