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Amy Manson
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General Information
Gender: Female
Birthday: September 9, 1985
Age: 36
Birthplace: Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Nationality: Scottish
Other Information
Height: 5'7"
Occupation(s): Actress
Education: Stage Coach (a Saturday drama school)
Central School of Speech and Drama
Talents: Acting
Family & Friends
Family: Ailsa (sister)
James (brother)
Relationships: Ben Turner (ex-boyfriend)
Series Information
Character: Merida
First appearance: The Dark Swan
Last appearance: Only You

Amy Manson is a Scottish actress. She has portrayed Alice Guppy in Torchwood, Abby Evans in Casualty, Lizzie Siddal in Desperate Romantics, Daisy Hannigan-Spiteri in Being Human, Medea in Atlantis, and Merida in the fifth season of the ABC fairy tale drama series Once Upon a Time.

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Born and brought up in Aberdeenshire, Manson has a sister, Ailsa and a brother, James. She attended Stage Coach, a Saturday drama school, before leaving home for London at the age of seventeen. She trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama, leaving early to film Pumpkinhead: Blood Feud in Romania. She currently lives in north London.


Manson made her film debut in Pumpkinhead: Blood Feud, and has also appeared in the horror film Blood Monkey and the short film Smile Emily.

Manson has lent her voice to the radio dramas Lost in Plain Sight, The Summer Walking and The Dead Hour.

On television, she played Alice Guppy in two episodes of Torchwood, and appeared as Abby Evans in nine episodes of Casualty. She has guest-starred in episodes of Doctors, The Bill and My Family.

Manson played Lizzie Siddal, muse, wife and lover of Dante Gabriel Rossetti, in the BBC Two period drama Desperate Romantics. She appeared as the vampiress Daisy Hannigan-Spiteri in series two of Being Human, alongside Desperate Romantics co-star Aidan Turner.

Manson played Ginger Corrigan in the 2010 adaptation of Agatha Christie's Marple: The Pale Horse, and also played Fleur Morgan in Outcasts,[13] an eight-part series by Kudos for BBC One. In 2011, Manson portrayed Leah in the third series of Misfits and Emma "Whirly" Tyson in the BBC drama Young James Herriot.

She will also appear in the forthcoming fifth series of Irish drama Raw.


Manson won Best Performance (Female) at the 2008 Critics' Awards for Theatre in Scotland, for playing Stepdaughter in the National Theatre of Scotland production of Six Characters in Search of an Author.


Year TV Show/Movie Medium Role
2006 The Bill TV Series Martine McKenzie
2007 Pumpkinhead: Blood Feud TV Movie Jodie Hatfield
2007 My Family TV Series Casting P.A.
2007 Bloodmonkey Video Amy Armstrong
2007 Nearly Famous TV Series Melanie
2008 Doctors TV Series Kelly Moore
2008 Torchwood TV Series Alice Guppy
2008 - 2009 Casualty TV Series Abby / Abby Evans
2009 Desperate Romantics TV Series Lizzie Siddal
2010 Being Human TV Series Daisy
2010 Agatha Christie's Marple TV Series Ginger Corrigan
2011 Outcasts TV Mini-Series Fleur Morgan
2011 Misfits TV Series Leah
2011 Young James Herriot TV Mini-Series Whirly Tyson
2013 Raw TV Series Zoe
2013 Not Another Happy Ending Darsie
2013 The Field of Blood TV Series Karen Burnett
2013 Harrigan Vickey Frizell
2015 Two Down Air Hostess Call Girl
2014 - 2015 Atlantis TV Series Medea
2015 Estranged January
2015 The Chameleon Pamela
2015 - 2016 Once Upon a Time TV Series Merida
2017 T2 Trainspotting Woman in Club
2017 The White Princess TV Mini-Series Cathy Gordon
2017 Edie Fiona
2018 Beats (post-production) Cat
2019 Doom (post-production) Joan Dark
We Don't Talk About Love (post-production) Katie


Year Film Role Notes
2008 Six Characters in Search of an Author Stepdaughter Performed at Lyceum Theatre and Citizens Theatre


  • Was almost cast as Diana in the CW Wonder Woman series Amazon before plans were cancelled by both the network and producers.
  • She trained at London's Central School of Speech and Drama and went on to make her screen acting debut in a 2006 episode of The Bill.
  • Her performance in the National Theatre of Scotland's 2008 production of Luigi Pirandello's Six Characters in Search of an Author won her a Scottish Theatre Critics' Award.
  • She and her siblings James and Ailsa spent their early years in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. She later lived and worked in London, England.
  • In 2013, she appeared with Ford Kiernan in a two-part episode of the TV series The Field of Blood.