Our Yorkshire Farm star Amanda Owen details road to fame and Channel 5 show
Amanda Owen discusses her 'strange fate' as a farmer
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Our Yorkshire Farm star Amanda Owen, 46, has detailed her ascent to stardom, which came from a chance meeting on her Yorkshire farm, Ravenseat. The mum-of-four revealed that after sharing cups of tea with walkers who passed by the farm, she met “amazing, bright intellectuals from all over the world,” including TV presenter Julia Bradbury and soon became good friends.
All I really want is for my children to be happy and my animals to be happy
The traditional Yorkshire Dales farm is located in the middle of the famous, coast to coast, Alfred Wainwright walk.
As a result, nearly 20,000 walkers pass the famous farm each year and it was after chatting to a hiker that Amanda started her ascent to fame.
Following on from chance meetings on her land, Amanda ended up filming with Julia before securing multiple book deals with Macmillian.
Despite her bestselling author status, the star said she feels “guilty” for thinking of herself as a writer.
Speaking to Town and Country magazine, she said: “It is what it is, I suppose.
“All I really want is for my children to be happy and my animals to be happy. Anything else is a bonus. I’m just doing my thing.”
After releasing her first book The Yorkshire Shepherdess in 2014, she promptly penned A Year in the Life of the Yorkshire Shepherdess which was released in 2016 and three years later Adventures of the Yorkshire Shepherdess.
Her fourth book Tales From The Farm was released earlier this year.
In August 2017 she made her first appearance on BBC Radio 4’s The Museum of Curiosity, where she hypothetically donated a shepherd’s whistle to the imaginary museum.
She went on to make appearances on David Oakes’ podcast Trees A Crowd.
Following on from her success, Channel 5 documentary Our Yorkshire Farm hit screens in 2018 and has remained a firm favourite with fans since.
The series follows the lives of Yorkshire Shepherdess Amanda, her husband Clive and their nine children on Ravenseat Farm.
The star has gained a huge social media following, including more than 270,000 followers on Instagram and 160,000 fans on Twitter.
Earlier this year it was announced that the hit series had been renewed for a two-year deal.
The Channel 5 show will see 20 new episodes of the programme hitting screens over the next 24 months.
The news comes as the programme quickly became the channels highest rated factual programme of 2020, with an average consolidated rating of 3.2 million viewers.
The broadcaster said: “The series, which first aired in 2018, has garnered immense popularity over the years for its heart-warming and refreshingly honest portrayal of family life in the countryside.
“Viewers and critics have praised Amanda and Clive Owen’s unique parenting style as they raise their nine ‘free-range’ children on their 2,000-acre remote hill farm in the Yorkshire Dales.”
In the latest episode of Our Yorkshire Farm, shepherdess Amanda Owen was preparing her youngest children for a return to school after months of homeschooling.
However, it all became a bit too much for Amanda as she quickly gave up and left her children as she decided she needed a cup of tea.
Our Yorkshire Farm is on Tuesdays at 9pm on Channel 5.
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