Amanda Pays

Amanda Pays (born 6 June 1959) is an English actress. She is known for her roles as Theora Jones in the film and television series Max Headroom and as Christina "Tina" McGee in The Flash.[2]

Amanda Pays
Pays in 2018
Amanda J. Pays

(1959-06-06) 6 June 1959
Years active1984–present
Peter Kohn (m. 19841987)
Corbin Bernsen (m. 1988)

Personal life

Pays was born in London, England, the daughter of Jan (née Miller), an actress, and Howard Pays, a talent agent and former actor.[3] She is the niece of former child actress Mandy Miller, after whom she is named. Her first marriage, from 1984 to 1987, was to Peter Kohn, the son of producer John Kohn, who later went on to be the production manager for Pirates of the Caribbean.[4] Following her divorce, Pays married American actor Corbin Bernsen on 19 November 1988, with whom she has four sons. Her mother-in-law was long-time The Young and the Restless actress Jeanne Cooper.[5]


Pays made her film debut in Oxford Blues (1984) and she played a French nun, Sister Nicole, in Off Limits (1988 film) with Willem Dafoe, Gregory Hines and Fred Ward.[6] Pays also had a guest role as Phoebe Green in the episode "Fire" (1993) of The X-Files, in the episode "Cindy Plumb" (2006) of Nip/Tuck and in the episode "Black and Tan: A Crime of Fashion" (2008) of Psych, opposite husband Corbin Bernsen.[7][8]

She also appeared in some early 1980s music videos, including those for "Love Shadow" by Fashion, and "Smooth Operator" by Sade.

Pays is an interior designer and hosts Fine Living Network's Breathing Room.[9][7]

She made her debut in the dual role of Carla Martin and Christa Bruckner in the 1984 cable film The Cold Room, played Sarah in the 1985 miniseries AD (known as Anno Domini in some releases) and narrated the 1988 documentary Computer Dreams. She also appeared in the low-budget 1987 horror film The Kindred and 1989's Leviathan.[6]

In 1985 she played the part of Nikki South in the television film Minder on the Orient Express, alongside Dennis Waterman and George Cole.[10]

In 2014, Pays was cast in the new The Flash series to play a reimagined version of the character she played in the first series.[11]


Year Title Role
1984 Oxford Blues Lady Victoria Wingate
1986 The Frog Prince
1987 The Kindred Melissa Leftridge
1988 Off Limits Nicole
1989 Leviathan Elizabeth "Willie" Williams
1991 A Grande Arte Mariet
1995 Solitaire for 2 Katie Burrough
1996 Subterfuge Alex
1997 Spacejacked Dawn
2001 Ablaze Jennifer Lewis
2020 Mary for Mayor Olivia
Year Title Role Notes
1984 The Cold Room Carla Martin/Christa Bruckner
1985 AD Sarah 5 episodes
1985 Thirteen at Dinner Geraldine Marsh
1985 Dempsey and Makepeace Tiffany Grace 1 episode
1985 Mr. and Mrs. Edgehill Vivienne
1984 Minder on the Orient Express Nikki South 1 episode
1985 Max Headroom: 20 Minutes into the Future Theora Jones
1987–1988 Max Headroom Theora Jones
1988 CBS Summer Playhouse Alexandra Greer 1 episode
1990 Parker Kane Sarah Taylor
1990–1991 The Flash Christina "Tina" McGee some episodes edited into films and released on videocassette as
  • 'The Flash (1990)
  • The Flash II: Revenge of the Trickster (1991)
  • Flash III: Deadly Nightshade (1992)
1991 Dead on the Money Jennifer Ashford
1993 Age of Treason Helena
1993 Sade – Life Promise Pride Love Gangster's Girlfriend (segment "Smooth Operator")
1993 The X-Files Phoebe Green Episode: "Fire"
1994 I Know My Son is Alive Katherine Elshant
1997 Hollywood Confidential Joan Travers
1996–1998 Thief Takers Anna Dryden
1999 Vengeance Unlimited Gail Dawson 1 episode
1999 7th Heaven Emily Grant Episode: “Sometimes That's Just the Way It Is”
1999 It's Like, You Know... Angela Blendal 1 episode
1999 Martial Law Dr. Broderick 1 episode
1999 Any Day Now Helen 1 episode
2000 Grapevine Paulina 1 episode
2002 Breathing Room Host
2002 The Santa Trap Doris Spivak
2006 Nip/Tuck Interior Designer 1 episode
2008 Psych Susan B 1 episode
2014–2016 The Flash Dr. Christina "Tina" McGee 5 Episodes


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  2. "Amanda Pays - Biography, Movie Highlights and Photos". AllMovie.
  3. "Amanda Pays Biography (1959–)". Film Reference.
  4. "Amanda Pays". Retrieved 15 February 2013.
  5. "Psych TV Show - Watch Psych Online". USA Network. 13 May 2013.
  6. "Amanda Pays". BFI.
  7. "Amanda Pays - TV Guide".
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  9. "Home Made". C Magazine.
  10. "Minder on the Orient Express (1985) - Francis Megahy - Cast and Crew". AllMovie.
  11. "Original Flash Actress Amanda Pays To Play Dr. Tina McGee Again In The CW's Flash".
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