Amanda Keller has a long and varied history on our screens, but where did it all begin?
Her first professional media job was in 1983 as a researcher for the popular children’s television show, Simon Townsend’s Wonder World! She was later a researcher and producer for Good Morning Australia and by 1985, she was a researcher and producer for Ray Martin’s Midday show.
In 1997 she appeared in the short-lived series Extra Dimensions, which looked at sustainability and human potential, but it was unfortunately axed after one season. Keller then signed on for Beyond 2000 where she won numerous awards including the United Nations Association of Australia’s Media Peace Award in 1989, and the Michael Daley Award for Science Journalism.
In 1994 she worked with Andrew Denton on Denton and combined her scientific knowledge with her love of popular culture and all things weird and wonderful. When the show wrapped a year later, the duo hosted a radio show on Triple M for 5 years. During this time Keller made regular appearances on shows like The Panel, Good News Week and Rove Live. In 2004 she hosted her own show, Mando Things, for the ABC before returning to radio in 2005 alongside Brendan “Jonesy” Jones on Sydney’s WSFM breakfast show, a partnership that is still going strong today.
From 2006 to 2008 she made regular appearances on our screens in Australia’s Brainiest Kid, David Trench Tonight and The Nation. Keller took part in Dancing With The Stars in 2006, coming sixth and appeared on shows like Spicks and Specks and 20 to 1.
In 2009 she took on the role of the Baby Bombers team Captain on Ten’s Talking’ ‘Bout Your Generation for four years until its original final season in 2012.
In mid-2012 Keller began hosting Ten’s lifestyle program The Living Room. The show, now in its eighth year, has scored TV Week Logie nominations for Most Popular Lifestyle Program since 2013, winning the award for the past three years.
In 2015 she received her first Most Popular Presenter nomination, but missed out, nominated once again in 2016, but still unable to walk away with the award. However, in 2016 she was honoured with Medal of the Order of Australia in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.
Last year Keller had her first shot a Gold, but was pipped at the post by her now co-host, Grant Denyer. The pair took on hosting 10’s revamped Dancing With The Stars earlier this year
With her shot at Gold again this year, as well as another Most Popular Presenter nomination, can Amanda finally walk away with her own Logie?