A FORMER Huddersfield woman is a new TV “star”.
Amanda Owen is to feature over the next 12 weeks in The Dales, which began this week.
Amanda, 36, who was brought up in Newsome, is now a farmer’s wife and mother in the Yorkshire Dales.
She was interviewed by presenter Adrian Edmondson and is set to feature throughout the series.
Shepherdess Amanda runs one of the most isolated farms with husband Clive. They balance running their 900-strong sheep farm in Swaledale, three miles from Britain’s highest pub at Tan Hill, while bringing up five children – the youngest is only four weeks old.
And she has diversified – offering cream teas to visitors, as their farm sits on the coast to coast footpath.
She broke off from a busy day lambing to say: “It was great to be part of the filming.
“They were here over many weeks and obviously as farming is very weather dependent, they had to fit in the jobs we had to do.
“I moved out of Huddersfield when I was 19. I wanted to be a shepherdess and Newsome isn’t exactly the best place for that.
“I had worked on a farm in Flockton and then moved to the Lakes and to North Yorkshire, to where the sheep farms are.
“Clive and I have been together 10 years and we now have 900 sheep, which makes it a busy life, especially just now with the lambing”.
The new show attracted more than four million viewers for its opening episode on Monday.
The Dales has even prompted backing from Foreign Secretary William Hague who tweeted about series to his 35,000 followers.
The Dales is screened on Mondays at 8pm on ITV1.