Good Karma Hospital star Amanda Redman’s permanent scars she received as a child

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Actress Amanda Redman has had a career spanning four decades and is probably best known for her role as Detective Superintendent Sandra Pullman in the BBC One drama New Tricks.

The 64-year-old actress is currently on our screens reprising her role as Dr Lydia Fonseca alongside her on-screen partner Greg McConnell played by Neil Morrissey in the fourth series of ITV’s The Good Karma Hospital.

Amanda was awarded an MBE in 2012 for her services to theater and charity and over the years she has bravely told her story of growing up to the age of 5 in hospital due to burns when she was very small.

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When she was just 18 months old, Amanda suffered a horrific accident involving boiling soup that left her seriously injured.

Speaking on Lorraine in 2016, Amanda recalled how she remained in the hospital until he was five years old and his parents were not allowed to visit him except during visiting hours.

“They let me go out towards the end at Christmas and odd birthdays and all, but it was more or less solid [for the five years]“, she confided to Gaby Roslin who presented Lorraine at the time.

Amanda is a patron of the Children’s Burns Trust and in 2013 became patron of the Blond McIndoe Research Foundation.

Speaking to the Mirror in 2020, Amanda opened up about her time in hospital during her early years.

“My earliest memories are of being in the hospital and my parents coming to visit me,” Amanda recalls. “They were always happy and positive, even though my mum has since told me she thinks her world is going to end.

“But my parents always said, ‘The fact that no one else has a burn as bad as that makes you special’.”

Good Karma Hospital will continue this Sunday, January 30 from 8 p.m. on ITV and ITV Hub.

You can catch up on the first episode of the new series on the ITV Hub.

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