Who is Amanda Anka?

Amanda Katherine Anka-Bateman was born in New York City, USA, on 10 December 1968 – her zodiac sign is Sagittarius, and she holds American nationality. She’s an actress and a film producer, with close to 30 acting credits to her name, while she’s perhaps known best for being the wife of Jason Bateman, a famous American actor, film producer and director.

Early life and education

Amanda was raised in New York City alongside her four sisters Alicia, Amelia, Anthea and Alexandra, by their father Paul Anka who is a famous Canadian-American singer-songwriter and actor, and their mother Anne de Zogheb who is a former model; Paul and Anne were married from 1963 to 2000. Amanda also has a paternal half-brother Ethan Anka, who was born in 2004.

She became interested in acting while attending a local elementary school, and was encouraged by her father to try and pursue it as a career. Amanda enrolled at high school in 1982, and was interested in numerous activities during her four years there: she practiced acting with the school’s drama club, played volleyball, and also practiced creative writing.

She matriculated in 1986, and although she hasn’t spoken of her further education, it’s widely believed that she attended college, from which she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in drama in 1990.

Roles in movies

Amanda made her debut film appearance in the 1991 science fiction comedy “Frankenstein: The College Years”, and gained recognition in the following year, when she played a supporting character in the popular action fantasy TV comedy series “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”.

It was directed by Fran Rubel Kuzui, starred Kristy Swanson, Donald Sutherland and Paul Reubens, and follows Buffy Summers who has just learned that her family has been fighting vampires for centuries; the movie won Kristy a nomination for Fangoria Chainsaw Award for Best Actress.

A couple of Amanda’s following roles were in the 1993 short crime “The Last Job”, the 1996 drama “Cityscrapes: Los Angeles”, and the 1996 crime drama “The Method”. In 1997, she was cast to play a supporting character in the hit mystery thriller “Lost Highway”, written and directed by David Lynch, and which starred Bill Pullman, Patricia Arquette and John Roselius. It follows a gangster’s girlfriend who has seduced a car mechanic; the movie won four of the 10 awards for which it was nominated.

She appeared in two movies in 2000: the mystery thriller horror “Cherry Falls” and the crime drama “Bob’s Video”, then in 2003, Amanda played a supporting character in the romantic comedy “Sol Goode”. The year 2004 saw her appear in the popular action crime comedy “Taxi”, directed by Tim Story, and which stared Queen Latifah and Jimmy Fallon; it follows a taxi driver who’s helping a police officer catch four Brazilian bank robbers, and the movie won three of the 10 awards for which it was nominated.

Amanda appeared in only two other movies in the 2000s: the 2006 comedy drama “The TV Set” and the 2009 romantic comedy drama “Ingenious”.

She has had only two other movie roles: in the 2010 comedy drama “Somewhere”, and the 2013 comedy drama “Bad Words”.

Roles in TV series

Amanda made her debut TV series appearance, with her portrayal of Patti in the 1994 episode “Teen Angel” of the action crime adventure “Renegade”, and in 1996, she appeared in three episodes of the critically acclaimed romantic drama “Beverly Hills, 90210”. It was created by Darren Star, starred Jason Priestley, Luke Perry and Shannen Doherty, and follows the lives of friends who are about to matriculate from a local high school; the series aired from 1990 to 2000, and won 14 of the 38 awards for which it was nominated, including a Primetime Emmy nomination.

In 2001, Amanda played Joan in the episode “Deja Vous” of the mystery crime drama “Diagnosis Murder”, and the following year heard her voice Margaret Nussbaum in the episode “Black Widows” of the animated action adventure “Totally Spies!” Amanda appeared in an episode of a couple of series in the 2000s, with some of the most popular amongst these having been the romantic drama “ER”, the romantic comedy “Notes from the Underbelly”, and the crime comedy drama “Bones”.

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Between 2012 and 2014, she voiced several characters in the comedy “The Greatest Event in Television History”; Amanda has since appeared in only two TV series: the 2014 episode “Girls Reunited” of the romantic drama “The Fosters”, and the 2021 episode “My Least Favorite Year” of the drama “The Morning Show”.

Other credits

She has provided additional voices for three movies: the 2002 action comedy “Undercover Brother”, the 2004 mystery horror comedy “Club Dread” and the 2005 romantic family comedy “The Honeymooners”.

Amanda received special thanks for the 2017 comedy movie “Fun Mom Dinner”.

She co-produced 20 episodes of the series “The Morning Show”, which aired between 2019 and 2021.

Amanda has made a guest appearance in a couple of talk-shows, including “E! Live from the Red Carpet” and “Entertainment Tonight”.

Love life and marriage with Jason Bateman

Amanda exchanged vows with Jason Bateman on 3 July 2001, in a large ceremony attended by many of their friends and family members. On 28 October 2006, she gave birth to their daughter Francesca Nora Bateman, while their second daughter Maple Sylvie Bateman followed on 10 February 2012.

Jason has appeared in close to 100 movies and TV series, while he’s probably known best for his portrayal of Michael Bluth, in the comedy series “Arrested Development”. It was created by Mitchell Hurwitz, also starred Michael Cera and Portia de Rossi, and follows Michael Bluth who has to take over his family’s business now that his father has been sent to jail; the series aired from 2003 to 2019, and won 67 awards, including six Primetime Emmys, while it was nominated for 122 other awards.

For his performance, Jason won a 2005 Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Comedy or Musical.

Neither of the two have spoken of any other people whom they might have been with, so as of January 2022, Amanda’s married to Jason Bateman, and they have two daughters together.

Hobbies and other interests

Amanda’s interested in fashion, and enjoys reading fashion magazines in her spare time, with her two favorites being “Vogue” and “Elle”; she’s also a bit of a shopaholic, as she goes shopping for clothes multiple times every week.

Amanda’s passionate about travelling, and her career has taken her to more than 10 US states, while she’s also been to a couple of European countries, including Russia, England and France. Her dream travel destination is Hawaii.

She’s physically active, and has a couple of training sessions at the gym every week.

Amanda has her own favorite actors and actresses, some of whom are Bill Murray, Tom Hanks and Natalie Portman, while a couple of her favorite films include “The Groundhog Day”, “Sleepless in Seattle” and “Leon: The Professional”.

Age, height and net worth

Amanda’s age is 53. She has long brown hair and brown eyes, her height is 5ft 8ins (1.7m) and she weighs around 130lbs (60kgs).

As of January 2022, her net worth has been estimated at over $1 million, while her husband Jason’s net worth is reputedly over $30 million.

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