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Finola Hughes

CELEBRITY
Birth Name: Finola Hughes
Birth Place: London, England
Profession: Actor, TV host, Dancer

Biography

Finola Hughes was born in London, England. Her parents nurtured a creative environment for their two children as they grew up. Hughes attended the Arts Educational Center, studying ballet, which lead to performing at the London’s Royal Opera House at the age of 11.

After graduating high school, she was accepted into a professional ballet company. Hughes left the company to take care of her mother. When her mother passed six months later, Finola decided to honor her mother by pushing forward, auditioning for and winning the role of Victoria the White Cat in the original London Production of Cats.

Hughes added a few TV and stage credits, before moving to the states and landing the role of Laura, John Travolta’s love interest in the sequel to Saturday Night Fever, Stayin’ Alive directed by Sylvester Stallone. The movie tanked but it introduced Finola to a wider audience.

Two years later, Hughes scored the role that would make her a fan favorite and a daytime legend. General Hospital auditioned Finola for the role of a spy named Anna Devane and she nailed it, beginning the journey of one character spread over three daytime and nighttime serials, General Hospital, General Hospital: The Night Shift and All My Children, where writers introduced Anna’s twin, Alex.

While the saga of Anna/Alex and the Scorpio family unraveled on the soaps, Finola continued adding credits to her growing resume. Hughes clocked into shows and film like L.A. Law, The Garry Shandling Show, The Bride in Black, Soapdish, Aspen Extreme, Burke’s Law, Dream On, The Dark Side of Genius, Men Who Hate Women and the Women Who Love Them and Above Suspicion.

Finola, when storyline allowed, added other recurring roles to her repertoire such as Chelsea on Jack’s Place, Carol on Blossom, Kate on Pacific Palisades, the voice of Lara on Superman the Animated Series, Helena on Sunset Beach and Patti Halliwell, the mother of Prue, Piper, Phoebe and Paige on the cult favorite, Charmed.

Other credits include Generation X, The Crying Child, Prison of Secrets, Life With Louie, Pocahontas 2: Journey to a New World, Love Boat: The Next Wave, Tracey Takes On, Intrepid, Killer Hair, CSI: NY, Make it or Break it, Melissa & Joey, Dance-off and Granite Flats.

Finola resides in Santa Barbara, California, with her husband Russell and their three children, Dylan, Cash and Sadie.

Fast Facts

  • October 29, 1959 — Birthdate
  • Her mother is Italian and her father is of Irish Descent.
  • Studied ballet from the age of 10 through 17 at the Art’s Educational theatrical school.
  • Originated the role of Victoria in the London production of Andrew Lloyd Weber’s beloved musical Cats.
  • Created a jewelry line for home shopping network QVC in 2005.
  • Co-authored, with Digby Diehl, the book Soapsuds: A Novel (2006), a fictionalized look at the behind-the-scenes world of soaps.
  • Supports the Art of Elysium, a non-profit organization that provides artistic workshops for seriously ill children.

Relationships

  • Bill Hughes — Father
  • Maria Hughes — Mother
  • Sean Hughes — Brother
  • Russell Young — Spouse
  • Dylan Joseph Young — Son
  • Cash Justice Young — Son
  • Sadie Beatrice Young — Daughter

Summary

Finola Hughes started out as a dancer, and got her first big break and taste of acting in 1983 after landing a role in Stayin’ Alive.

It was her role as Anna Devane on General Hospital in the middle of one of the hottest storylines, later her pairing with Tristin Rogers as Robert Scorpio creating another great super couple, that made Finola an international star.

Hughes’ acting career has kept a busy pace ever since with roles on L.A. Law, Soapdish, Burke’s Law, Blossom, Superman, Pacific Palisades, Sunset Beach, All My Children, Charmed and CSI: NY, not to mention a steady flow of voice-over work. Currently, she has signed on to double duty, playing both Anna and her twin Alex on General Hospital.

Finola Hughes Photos

Actor (22 Credits)

Title Role Year

General Hospital (TV Show)

13919 — 2017
13918 — 2017
13917 — 2017

Anna Devane 2017

Granite Flats (TV Show)

The Threads That Were Spun Are Gathered — 2015
Some Intricate Purpose — 2015
The Terrible Doubt of Appearances — 2015

The Avon Lady 2015

Beware the Batman (TV Show)

Like Crazy (Movie)

Liz 2011

Melissa & Joey (TV Show)

Dancing With the Stars of Toledo — 2010

2010

CSI: NY (TV Show)

Sanguine Love — 2010

Mrs. Christensen 2010

Killer Hair (TV Show)

Josephine Radford

General Hospital: Night Shift (TV Show)

Past and Presence, Part 2 — 2008
Truth and Consequences — 2008
Love/Hate — 2008

Anna Devane 2008

Charmed (TV Show)

Forever Charmed — 2006
Cheaper by the Coven — 2004
That 70's Episode — 1999

1999 - 2006

Hope & Faith (TV Show)

Daytime Emmys — 2004
Daytime Emmys — 2004
Daytime Emmys — 2004

Herself 2004

Tycus (Movie)

Amy 2000

Deep Water (Movie)

Katherine 2000

Pacific Palisades (TV Show)

End Game — 1997
Sweet Revenge — 1997
Motherly Love — 1997

Kate Russo 1997

Above Suspicion (Movie)

Iris 1996

Blossom (TV Show)

Goodbye — 1995
So Many Milestones, So Little Time — 1995
You Say Tomato — 1995

Carol 1995

The Dark Side Of Genius (Movie)

Jennifer Cole 1995

Jack's Place (TV Show)

True Love Ways — 1993
Faithful Henry — 1993
Something Wonderful This Way Comes — 1993

Chelsea Duffy 1993

Aspen Extreme (Movie)

Bryce Kellogg 1993

Soapdish (Movie)

1991

Staying Alive (Movie)

Laura 1983

Nutcracker (Movie)

Nadia 1982

The Apple (Movie)

1980

Remarks by (4 Credits)

Title Role Year

OK! TV (TV Show)

OK! TV — 2013

2013

rue Hollywood Story (TV Show)

Kelly Ripa — 2006
Blossom — 2005

2005 - 2006

101 Best Kept Hollywood Secrets (TV Show)

Intimate Portrait (TV Show)

Kelly Ripa — 2001

2001

Host (3 Credits)

Title Role Year

How Do I Look? (TV Show)

Tackling the Football Fanatic — 2011
Spare the Glare — 2011
Bye Bye Birdie — 2011

2011

Style Invades NY Fashion Week (TV Show)

Fashion Week 2007 — 2006

2006

New York Fashion Week: Spring 2005 (TV Show)

New York Fashion Week: Spring 2005 — 2004
New York Fashion Week: Spring 2005 — 2004

2004

Voice (1 Credit)

Title Role Year

Beware the Batman (TV Show)

Lady Shiva

Executive Producer (1 Credit)

Title Role Year

Running in Heels (TV Show)

Person who is interviewed (but is not an on-stage guest) (1 Credit)

Title Role Year

101 Best Kept Hollywood Secrets (TV Show)

101 Best Kept Hollywood Secrets — 2004
101 Best Kept Hollywood Secrets — 2004
101 Best Kept Hollywood Secrets — 2004

2004

Guest (18 Credit)

Title Role Year

The FAB Life (TV Show)

FABLife — 2015

2015

Rachael Ray (TV Show)

Deviled Egg Recipes — 2015

2015

The Chew (TV Show)

Wild 'n' Wacky Wednesday — 2015

2015

Home & Family (TV Show)

Home & Family — 2014

2014

OK! TV (TV Show)

OK! TV — 2013

2013

Katie (TV Show)

General Hospital's 50th Anniversary Extravaganza! — 2013

2013

Live With Kelly and Ryan (TV Show)

Regis and Kelly — 2011
2007 July 12 — 2007
2005 June 15 — 2005

2005 - 2011

The Wendy Williams Show (TV Show)

The Wendy Williams Show — 2010

2010

Good Morning America (TV Show)

Good Morning America — 2006
Good Morning America — 2001

2001 - 2006

Soap Talk (TV Show)

Soap Talk — 2006
Soap Talk — 2003
Soap Talk — 2003

2003 - 2006

Isaac (TV Show)

Finola Hughes — 2006
Finola Hughes — 2006

2006

Life & Style (TV Show)

2005 September 09 — 2005
Life & Style — 2005
Life & Style — 2004

2004 - 2005

Living It Up! With Ali and Jack (TV Show)

2004 April 08 — 2004

2004

The Oprah Winfrey Show (TV Show)

The Spouse Challenge — 2004

2004

Wayne Brady (TV Show)

Wayne Brady — 2004
Wayne Brady — 2003

2003 - 2004

Caroline Rhea (TV Show)

2003 March 12 — 2003

2003

The Rosie O'Donnell Show (TV Show)

The Rosie O'Donnell Show — 2002

2002

The View (TV Show)

The View — 2000

2000

Appearing (2 Credits)

Title Role Year

Pantry Raid (TV Show)

Finola — 2007

2007

Daytime Emmy Awards (TV Show)

Subject (person only) (2 Credits)

Title Role Year

Soapography (TV Show)

Finola Hughes & Kyle Lowder — 2005

2005

Intimate Portrait (TV Show)

Finola Hughes — 2002

2002