Forthright and determined, Amy has also inherited her father Alan's social conscience.
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She has firm beliefs and strong opinions and will fight for what she believes is right.
Her feistiness, though charming, can take her beyond the boundaries of good behaviour. When Alan feels overwhelmed, he occasionally calls on the restraining influence of Amy's Jamaican grandmother Mabel Thompson, who lives in Bradford.
When she discovered that her mother had been sentenced for a violent incident as a teenager, Amy worried that her own hot temper might one day get her into similar trouble. But Alan and Usha managed to persuade Amy that her caring side was pre-emininent.
Unless that burger's veggie it will not pass my lips.Amy Franks
- Likes - Music, campaigning, riding, ice cream
- Dislikes - Unfair regimes, the military, weak people, meat, blood sports
- Highs - Graduating as a midwife
- Lows - The death of her mother Catherine in 1995
Originally from Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, Jennifer moved to London to study for a BA in Performing Arts at Middlesex University. She then furthered her training at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art.
After graduating, she made her first TV appearance in Casualty, which was then followed by roles in Doctors, Dalziel & Pascoe, EastEnders, Hidden Lives and children’s TV show Nuzzle & Scratch.
Her first theatre job was in the acclaimed play Bashment at Theatre Royal Stratford East She created the role of Karisma, and went on to play the part in the film adaptation of the same name.
Other theatre credits include Cymbeline, Love You Too, Taken In and The South London Passion Plays.
Jennifer is proud to have played the part of Kim in the feature film Fit, a production by the charity Stonewall, which tackles homophobic bullying in schools.
She lives in North London, where she likes to spend free time learning to play the guitar.
Joining the cast of The Archers was exciting. To be a part of such an institution is pretty special gig for any actor.
- Actor - So many actors inspire me for lots of different reasons. Hilary Swank, Angela Bassett, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Elizabeth Taylor. Chloe Sevigny always makes interesting film choices. And Meryl Streep seems to be able to transform herself endlessly.
- Book - The Catcher in The Rye and To Kill A Mockingbird. And at the time of writing, I'm enjoying Waterline by Ross Raisin.
- Film - American Beauty, Precious and Withnail and I.