Pinky Amador Biography
Early Success 1981-1985
Pinky started going to the theatre at the age of 5, when her Aunt, the late Zeneida Amador founded the English language Theatre Company, Repertory Philippines, Inc., and her immediate family, were the first audiences.
Pinky’s early exposure to the performing arts may have been the reason she has been acting on Stage, Television and Films both in the Philippines and the United Kingdom for the last 27 years.
Starting out as stage crew and front of house staff during the summer, Pinky had her first Theatrical “break” via the Neil Simon play “I Ought To Be In Pictures”(1981). She was plucked out of the crew/chorus in her first play “The Visit” where she had 20 lines, to play the lead, Libby Tucker in the very next production by Repertory’s co-founder Baby Barredo, and “graduated to 200 lines”.
The production was a huge success and Pinky was then launched as the new “Ingenue” of the company, going on to play Agnes in “Agnes of God” (1981) and which also won for her the Aliw Award for Best Stage Actress.
In the four years that she was a resident actress of Repertory Philippines, Pinky had performed as lead, support and chorus for 40 plays, musicals and revues.
Pinky’s father, the late Judge Amado Amador Jr. was then legal counsel for Vicor records and Viva films and her “cross-over” to the mainstream was imminent.
Having appeared in several commercials and TV shows/specials as host or performer, her first film break came via the commercial and critical blockbuster “Magdusa Ka”, directed by Film Icon Eddie Garcia, with Dina Bonnevie and Nida Blanca where she played Millet, the evil scheming step-sister to Dina. Her impact on audiences got her a nomination as best newcomer for the Star Awards.
Other films followed in the next 2 years as she was signed up as a contract star for Viva films, where she played leading lady to Bong Revilla in “Anak ng Lupa” and the reporter in to Philip Salvador’s father “Balweg” much to critical acclaim. By this time, Pinky was juggling film, television and stage projects where she won her second Aliw Award for Best Stage Actress for her performance in “The Foreigner”. Pinky was a regular in the TV series “Maynila” for RPN-9, and had just launched her game show with Roderick Paulate “Just For Fun”, when she had won a full grant from the British Council to study acting in the UK. Pinky auditioned, (and passed with flying colors!) for Prunella Scales, who was on tour in Asia.
Pinky had also won on the same year, another 1 year, free life-time scholarship with American Acting Coach Eric Morris in the U.S., but decided to pursue her Master’s Degree at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School in England.
Pinky took her degree in 1987 and upon finishing her course in 1988, was awarded an “extension” of her grant for another 2 semesters (1988-89) until she landed a role in the original Cast of Miss Saigon in London.
Miss Saigon opened at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London, on September 20, 1989. It won the Olivier Awards for Best Actress in a Musical for Lea Salonga. Pinky was in the chorus playing a bar-girl and dancer in Bangkok, and was given first swing/cover for Mimi as Monique Wilson who was then Salonga’s understudy became her alternate.
Pinky left Miss Saigon in 1991 to pursue her acting career on both continents. This saw her doing more films for Viva and several TV specials and series in the Philippines as well as in the UK. She played Arminda in “Salt In The Blood” (S4C Wales), Princess Suni in “Head Over Heels” (Carlton TV), Kora in “Images of Tiffin” (Old Red Lion, 1993) Company in “Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” (Portsmouth, 1995) and Tiger Lily in “Peter Pan” (Cambridge Theatre, London and UK Tour 1994-1995) opposite Ron Moody and Nicola Stapleton.
In 1995 upon her return from the UK, Pinky landed the role of Maggie Monteclaro in “Anakarenina” a popular TV series with GMA-7, which lasted for 5 years. Along side this, she still continued her theatrical, singing and hosting career, and also hosted other informative/talk shows “Info Chat” and “Job network”. Pinky continued to make films as well, notably “Sana’y Pag-Ibig Na” for which she was nominated by the Urian awards for Best Supporting Actress, and for critically acclaimed directors for the films “Hesus Rebolusyonaryo” (Lav Diaz) and “Sa Huling Paghihintay” (Erik Matti) as well as blockbuster hits “Tanging Ina” with Ai Ai Delas Alas, and Angelika Panganiban, and “Sugatang Puso” with Lorna Tolentino and Cherie Gil.
In 1999, Pinky took on the role of producer/director with her company, Yellowmoon Films Inc., and produced a 2 hour documentary for ABS-CBN about the lives of the Filipino cast members of Miss Saigon in the UK, USA, Australia, Germany and Amsterdam, “Ganito Kami Noon, Paano na Ngayon”.
What originally started as a 10th year anniversary special, turned into an in-depth look into the current lives of the Filipino Cast, as well as an introduction to the Manila production of the musical. This was aired in time for the Philippine production of Miss Saigon in August 2000.
Pinky has continued to portray “villains”, “heroines”, and “character roles” in numerous television dramas, light comedies, fantasy series, namely: “Sa Dulo ng Walang Hanggan” with Claudine Baretto, “Mangarap Ka” with Piolo Pascual, “Click” with Angel Locsin, “Twin Hearts” with Ding Dong Dantes, “Encantadia” with Jennylin Mercado, “Captain Barbell” with Richard Guttierez, “Pinakamamahal” with Marian Rivera, “Pati Ba Pintig ng Puso” with Yasmein Kurdi, “Zaido” with Dennis Trillo, “Maging Akin Ka Lamang” with Nadine Samonte, “Saan Darating Ang Umaga” with Joel Torre, “Kaya Kong Abutin Ang Langit” with Iza Calzado, “Momay” with Lorna Tolentino, “Magkaribal” with Enchong Dee, “Guns and Roses” with Robin Padilla and currently “Mundo Man ay Magunaw” with Eula Valdes.
Pinky is now the Department Head for the Theater Arts Department at Meridian International School where she is excited to create a curriculum in a non-traditional setting, and boast of conservatory-style training, and mentorship programs for aspiring actors.
Pinky still continues to cross the boards from stage, to television to film: singing, dancing, acting and hosting and directing. Bringing her own style of excellence into whatever she finds herself doing. She is CEO of Yellowmoon Films Inc., her own production company, and continues to work both in Manila and London.