Creative people sometimes tend to dabble into different art forms and excel at all. Finola Hughes is one such versatile creative being. She is a dancer, television host, author, actress, and an entrepreneur. She became well-known in 1985 when she played the role of Anna Devane in the soap opera, General Hospital. As her popularity has soared over the years, so have her fans’ interest in knowing more about her. From her early life and career to her family and everything in between, here’s Finola’s story.
Finola Hughes Age and Background Details
Finola Hughes was born on the 29th of October, 1959 in London. She was ‘born’ with a flair for dance and many other performing arts. As expected, she honed in on this gift and attended ArtsEd (Arts Educational Schools, London) in Chiswick where she studied ballet till age 17.
The early years of her acting career
Upon graduation, the actor went right into performing in theatre musical productions in London. One of Hughes’s early roles in the theatre was as the white cat, Victoria named after Queen Victoria by T.S. Elliot, in the musical play Cats. Cats was adapted from Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats written by T.S. Elliot in 1939. The 1977 dance movie, Saturday Night Fever, and its sequel, Staying Alive (1983), also had Finola as its major cast alongside actor John Travolta.
Breaking out into the big screens
The X-Men mutant Emma Grace Frost is none other than Finola Hughes, a role she assumed in 1996 in the movie Generation X. Still, on villains and superheroes, the English entertainer happens to be the beautiful voice behind Kal-El’s biological mother, Lara, in DC Comics animated television series, Superman: The Animated Series.
For her astounding performance in General Hospital, Finola was nominated as the Outstanding Lead Actress for the Daytime Emmy Awards and almost effortlessly took it home. Her recognition as a Daytime star came upon further nominations for this same category in both 1990 and 1992 for some of her other roles. In 2006 August, she returned to General Hospital for a rerun and same as in July 2007 and April 2008. In 2012, the star was brought back in permanently on the General Hospital spin-offs.
Other films in which Finola has acted include Nutcracker (1982), The Master of Ballantrae (1984), Soapdish (a comedy directed by the renowned American director, Michael Lynn Hoffman in 1991), Intrepid (2000), Tycus (2000), Killer Hair (2009) and Like Crazy (2011). In 1993, she acted in Aspen Extreme as a supporting cast alongside fellow actors, Paul Gross, Peter Berg, and Teri Polo. She also starred in Platinum the Dance Movie with Kathryn McCormick, an American actor, and dancer.
The London born is also credited for her appearances/ roles in some television series and sitcoms. These include Charmed, Pacific Palisades (in April to July 1997), Jack’s Place, Dream On, Sunset Beach, All My Children, Crime Scene Investigation: New York, Melissa & Joey, Make It or Break It, Beware The Batman and Granite Flats.
She is equally a good dancer
As a dancer, Finola Hughes has made appearances in films and shows like The Apple (1980), Clash of the Titans (1981) and The Hot Shoe Show (1983). Her voice roles also include Dr. Woodward in The Corporate Ladder (1997), Queen Anne in Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World (1998), Lilo in All-Star Superman (2011).
Another major lineup on the list of Finola’s skills is her directorial ability. She has directed two movies to date. Her debut was the 2013 comedy drama, The Bet, in which she also featured. Two years later, she directed a comedy film laced with romance titled Byrd and the Bees.
From 1984 to date, Finola Hughes has been nominated for about 19 awards in various categories by the Golden Raspberry Award, Soap Opera Digest Award, Daytime Emmy Award and LA Femme Filmmaker Award, and has won five of them.
Finola has also co-authored a book titled Soapsuds: A Novel (in 2006) with Digby Diehl. The book is a fictional detail of what goes on behind the scenes of soap opera shows. In 2005, she also showed off her versatility when she made a jewelry line for QVC, the home shopping network.
How Much is She Worth?
Finola Hughes is said to have an estimated net worth of $8 million. It is easy to believe she’s worth this or even more considering the many works she has been involved in. All things being equal, Finola Hughes is bound to surpass the figure in the nearest future.
What to know about her husband and children
In 1992, she signed the dotted lines with her heartthrob, Russell Young. The couple has three children together: Dylan Joseph Young born on the 9th of November, 2000; another male child, Cash Justice Young, born sometime in 2005 and a girl, Sadie Beatrice Young, in December, 2007. The last two children were adopted by the couple. The family is a loving one but they try to keep their business out of the public’s eye.
Finola Hughes’ Measurements
It’s been long agreed that this actress is attractive, no one should suggest otherwise. At a height of 165 cm (5 feet, 5 inches), she weighs 57 kg (126 lb). Other details of her body measurements are as shown below:
Bra/Bust Size: 12B/34 in
Waist Size: 64 cm (25 in)
Hip Size: 86 cm (34 in).