A big eastern city, an isolated lakeside cabin, a prairie farming town, and a multicultural world city on the Pacific Rim. If an actor should know much of life, Amanda grew up in the right places: born in Toronto (moved when still a toddler), she was raised in a rustic cabin on Rainy Lake (no running water or indoor plumbing), spent her teens in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, and finally landed in vibrant Vancouver. There she completed a theatre degree at the University of British Columbia, while acting and producing with the UBC Musical Theatre Society.
Since then she has applied her talents across an equally broad range of productions—performing in musical theatre and improvisational comedy, singing with a jazz orchestra, and acting both in film and television. Amanda also loves ballroom dancing and met her husband, Paul-André Panon Desbassayns de Richemont, while enjoying Vancouver's vibrant Argentine Tango and West Coast Swing community dances.
She is past VP of Women in Film & Television Vancouver, having been on the board of directors for four years (2013 to 2017), and was chair of their #VIWIFF Film Festival Committee for three of those years.
In 2017 she was nominated for a Leo Award for her work in the feature film Cadence. In June of 2018 she was awarded a WIFTV Spotlight Award for her years of volunteer work.