January 23, 2022, 10:47

    Our Yorkshire Farm star Amanda Owen’s drastically different former life as a model

    Our Yorkshire Farm star Amanda Owen’s drastically different former life as a model

    Our Yorkshire Farm fans are used to seeing matriarch Amanda Owen milking cows, driving tractors and getting stuck into running Ravenseat.

    But what viewers of the Channel 5 show might be surprised to learn is that Amanda's life was once very different.

    The reality series, which debuted in 2018, follows Amanda, 47, and her husband, Clive Owen, 67, on Ravenseat Farm in Yorkshire – documenting their life on the 2,000 acre estate.

    But when willowy mum-of-nine Amanda was a teenager, she first embarked on a modelling career.

    Her mother had also been a model, while her father was an engineer.

    Huddersfield-born Amanda, who is 6ft 2, had high hopes of gracing the covers of the likes of Vogue, but her dreams were dashed when she experienced the reality of the industry.

    Willowy Amanda had dreams of being a model
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    "You think you're going to be a model in like Vogue, Cosmopolitan, but actually then you end up doing knitting catalogues and things like that," she explained on the show.

    Admitting it didn't live up to her expectations, Amanda added: "It was cardigans, floral, Princess Diana 1980. No thank you."

    The star also experienced immense loss aged just 17 when her father Maurice died.

    "We had a great relationship," she said as part of Barnado’s Believe In Me Campaign.

    "But I suppose thinking about it now, I maybe would have made more of the time that we have together if I’d known I was going to lose him at such a young age."

    Amanda had no family background in farming but was inspired when she found a hill shepherd book in the library full of photos of beautiful landscapes and animals.

    As a teenager, Amanda soon realised modelling wasn't all it was cracked up to be

    "It was the pictures, it was the landscape, it was the people – everything in that book just appealed to me," she explained.

    "It wasn't glossing over the hard side, it was very real and very gritty and atmospheric but it was just the thought of working outdoors and actually doing something, having a physical job where you were out there feeling the elements – windburn, sunburn, rained on, all the rest of it – sounded like a good idea back then."

    Amanda quickly realised that being at one with nature was her calling, so she swapped catwalks for cows and began to get some "hands-on experience" at local farms in the Dales.

    To make extra cash in the meantime, Amanda worked at a local corner shop and newsagents.

    And while she was training to be a shepherdess aged 21, she would meet Clive Owen, then 42.

    He was running the farm single-handedly when Amanda knocked on the door one cold, dark night, looking for a ram.

    Amanda and Clive Owen have been together for more than 20 years
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    Amanda explained that she came to borrow a "tup", which is a male sheep, when she first set eyes on divorced father-of-two Clive.

    It may not have been love at first sight for Amanda, but bachelor Clive was immediately attracted to the young woman standing in his doorway.

    "I do remember this six-foot something woman knocked on the door. I was very taken with her. You couldn't not be," he said.

    Despite the 21-year age gap, Amanda and Clive became friends before they started developing feelings for each other.

    "It was a slow burn thing we kind of got to know each other. Made friends first then went out a little bit together," said Amanda.

    "With us both coming from non-farming backgrounds we were kind of peas in a pod really but we didn't know that at the time."

    Amanda and Clive share nine children
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    The couple went on to have nine children, Raven, 18, Reuben, 15, Miles, 13, Edith, 10, Violet, eight, Sidney, seven, Annas, six, Clemmy, five, and Nancy, two, who all muck in on the farm.

    Not only that, they also care for 1,000 sheep, 40 cows, six dogs and four ponies at Ravenseat Farm.

    Incredibly, Amanda gave birth on the roadside six times, and once in the living room with only a dog for company.

    She has been breastfeeding virtually non-stop for 15 years of her life and with their ninth child didn't even realise she was pregnant until she was six months gone.

    Second child Rueben was born ten weeks early and weighed just three pounds, and Amanda recently wrote a gushing post to celebrate how he had thrived – growing to even taller than his mum.

    Reuben, who was born ten weeks early, now towers above his mum at 6ft 6

    Alongside a selfie with her son, Amanda wrote: "Reuben towering above me! From just over 3lb and 10 weeks premature to 6ft’ 6in.

    "From small acorns, mighty oaks grow #yorkshire #farm #family #boy."

    Back in October last year, reports emerged suggesting Amanda had moved out of her family home and she was assessing her future with Clive.

    A source told The Sun at the time: "It’s incredibly sad. Amanda and Clive are two hugely popular figures here in the Dales, and no one saw this coming.

    "Clive loves Amanda to bits and adores her, and fears the marriage may be failing even though he desperately doesn’t want it to. He fears they will divorce."

    The couple released a shared statement that said: "With the TV show and the books we've always aimed to show the reality of life on the farm.

    "And just like any marriage, we have our stresses and strains, coupled with all the complexities of what we do on the farm and bringing up nine kids.

    "We’re a normal family and we’ve never said our marriage is perfect."

    They added: "Unfortunately, the constant intrusion into our lives from the media has amplified a rocky patch that we’re going through.

    "We ask that the media respect our privacy as we work through this."

    Despite this, Amanda says she has no regrets about letting the world into her home.

    "I think it is important that people see the reality of living on a farm," she said.

    "We are just a normal family dealing with everything life throws at us and the programme is life as it’s happening, whether there’s someone filming it or not and that’s what keeps everybody grounded."

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