Amanda Burton (born January 8, 1957) is an actress from Northern Ireland best known for her role as forensic pathologist Doctor (later Professor) Sam Ryan in the BBC crime drama series Silent Witness (from 1996).
Burton was born in Ballougry, Co. Derry, a Protestant area of Northern Ireland, as the youngest of four daughters of a primary school headmaster. Her first notable television appearance was in Brookside (1982-86). After Silent Witness, Burton also took on the role of Prosecutor Helen West in a series based on Frances Fyfield's novels.
Amanda Burton's first marriage was to Jonathan Hartley (1977-1982). Since 1989 she has been married to photographer Sven Arnstein. The couple have two children -- Phoebe (born 1989) and Brid (born 1991) -- and live in London.