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Holden: Cowell saved my career

Amanda Holden has credited Simon Cowell with saving her career by making her a judge on Britain's Got Talent.

The 41-year-old actress has been on the judging panel of the TV show with Simon since it started in 2007, and thinks it has given her career a great boost.

Amanda told Easy Living magazine: "I'm grateful to him. Obviously he's made me a lot of money, but he also gave me an amazing profile change."

She revealed: "He gave me the job on Britain's Got Talent after someone dropped out - I think it was Cheryl Cole - and I turned up with no idea what to do. He told me to be myself and have fun, and I did. It changed everything for me."

But the happily married mother-of-two joked she is the only judge on Simon's shows that hasn't had a fling with him, after revelations of his affair with Dannii Minogue, and his confession that he hired Amanda "because I fancied her".

Amanda laughed: "I'm the only one he hasn't slept with! And it's staying that way. I love Simon. I met him 15 years ago. The first thing I said was, 'Don't get any ideas. I've booked a car to take me home'."

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