Born in London, England, Amanda Pays is the daughter of show
business agent Howard Pays and former actress Jan Miller. An aunt,
Mandy Miller, won fame as a child star of the '50s film "Mandy."
When she was eight, Pays started school at a nearby convent and it
was there that she demonstrated her early skills as an actress.
Possessing a distinctively throaty voice, she was invariably cast
in the male roles in the all-girls school productions. At her
mother's suggestion, Amanda sent a Polaroid picture to a modeling
agent and almost instantly found herself enjoying a successful
career which, for the next four years, took her around the world.
Then, at twenty-two, she suddenly tired of what she called
"clotheshorsing" and decided to jump into the acting field.
Intensive study at London's Academy of Live and Recorded Arts led
to her professional debut opposite George Segal in "The Cold Room,"
an HBO production written and directed by James Dearden, who would
later write "Fatal Attraction." Since then, Pays had appeared on
stage, screen and television in her native England and in America.
Her credits include the London fringe production of "Fire Eaters,"
Thames Television's "Minder on the Orient Express," Lady Victoria
in "Oxford Blues" opposite Rob Lowe, as the host of the
ground-breaking television experiment "Max Headroom," as Sarah in
the ABC miniseries "A.D.," opposite Ava Gardner and James Mason and
as Sister Nicole in "Off Limits," starring Willem Dafoe and Gregory