Oct. 29th, 1959
Kensington, London, England, UK
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Finola Hughes (born October 29, 1959) is an English actress, television host, entrepreneur, author, former dancer, director, and producer. She was born in London, England.
Hughes trained in dance and performing arts at the Arts Educational Schools London. In 1981, she originated the role of Victoria the White Cat in the London production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical Cats. In 1983, Hughes starred with 'John Travolta' in the musical film Staying Alive, a sequel to Saturday Night Fever. She played the role of Laura, an English dancer who is the romantic interest of Travolta's character Tony Manero.
Hughes also appeared on the sitcom Blossom, and as the X-Men character Emma Frost in the 1996 TV movie Generation X. In 1997 Hughes starred in Aaron Spelling's short-lived primetime soap opera Pacific Palisades. She was also a frequent guest-star on the television series Charmed, playing the mother of the Halliwell girls, Patricia "Patty" Halliwell. She provided the voice of Lara, Kal-El's biological mother in Superman: The Animated Series. Another voice-over role she had was Miss Robertson on an episode of Fox's animated comedy series Life with Louie.
From 1985 to 1992 she played Anna Devane on General Hospital. Hughes won a Daytime Emmy in 1991, for Outstanding Lead Actress on General Hospital. She was nominated for the same category in 1990 for Anna, in 2000 for AMC as Alex, and, in 2002, as Anna. After establishing herself as a daytime TV star, Hughes shot a feature film cameo as a soap actress who loses an award to 'Sally Field' in the soap opera satire film Soapdish (1991). Two years later she played a leading role in the 1993 film Aspen Extreme.
It was announced in April 2006 that Hughes would be returning to GH. In May 2006 as part of the May Sweeps period, three GH veterans would return. Finola Hughes would be reunited with 'Tristan Rogers' (Robert Scorpio) and 'Emma Samms' (Holly Sutton). Following a rise in ratings from her sweeps return, Hughes returned to General Hospital for a limited run through August 2006. Finola would return the following year on July 13, 2007 and once again on April 25, 2008.
In September 2008, Hughes guest-starred in the General Hospital spinoff series General Hospital: Night Shift. It has been said that Hughes will return to GH in early 2012 as character Anna Devane to be with her daughter, Robin, and help her through her toughest year. She will be a recurring character but Anna Devane will be front and center and staying in Port Charles awhile. Finola's onscreen ex-husband Tristan Rogers is rumored also to be returning as Robert Scorpio, his character Colin on the CBS soap The Young and the Restless exiled from Genoa City a few months back. Ex-GH costar 'Genie Francis', who played Colin's ex will still remain on the soap and will not be returning to GH.
In 2010 Finola also appeared in the CSI: NY, Make It or Break It and Melissa & Joey. Hughes made a permanent return to General Hospital in March 2012. Her character, Anna Devane, moved in with Luke Spencer.
In 2013 Hughes made her feature-film directing debut with indie comedy-drama The Bet. She later starred with 'Kathryn McCormick' in the dance movie Platinum the Dance Movie.
Hughes married Russell Young in (1992). They welcomed their first child, son Dylan Joseph Young (b. November 9, 2000). Later, they adopted a boy named Cash Justice Young (b. 2005) and a girl named Sadie Beatrice Young (born December 2007).
- She originated the role of "Victoria" in the Original London (World Premiere) production of 'Andrew Lloyd Webber' (qv)'s "Cats".
- Of Italian (her mother) and Irish descent (her father).
- Friend of 'Kelly Ripa' (qv), 'Ian Buchanan (I)' (qv) and 'Donna Rosenstein' (qv).
- Finola Hughes and husband Russell Young are parents for the third time. The couple adopted 4-month-old Sadie Beatrice Young, their first daughter. [april 2008 --> she must have been born in January or December].
- Her father died of a heart attack in 1985.
- When playing Patty Halliwell, the mother of the three witches on _"Charmed" (1998)_ (qv), she was receiving more mail individually than any of the three stars.
- Son, Dylan Joseph, born on November 9th 2000
- (2005) Adopted her second son, Cash Justice.