Amanda, who is of Afro-American ethnicity, started out dancing as a child, but later she left it. She attended York University, where she was a part of its Theater Program, on a Fine Arts fellowship. She graduated in 2000 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts.
Amanda’s acting career took off with the movie Vendetta alongside Christopher Walken. She then cast in the TV movie A Diva's Christmas Carol. Brugel was cast as Pastor Nina Gomez in the first two seasons of the sitcom Kim's Convenience. She is renowned for her role in the TV series Seed. Recently, she stars in a recurring role as Rita in the hit Hulu web television series The Handmaid’s Tale.
In 2013, Brugel co-starred as Vanessa in the comedy movie Sex After Kids, for which the actress won an ACTRA Award in the category of Best Female Performance. Next year, she appeared in two movies. She was in David Cronenberg’s satirical drama film Maps to the Star and The calling, alongside Susan Sarandon. She also played Marci Coates in the Sci-fi TV series Orphan Black. Her other notable role includes in Room, Suicide Squad, and TV series Eyewitness.
Amanda Brugel married footballer Marcel Lewis from Chelsea and had two sons with him. The eldest son Phoenix and second son is Jude.
Amanda Brugel’s estimated net worth as of 2018 is $16 million. She has received a sizable income from her role in The Handmaid’s Tale. Though her income from the series has not been disclosed, the highest amount paid to any actress by the series is $200,000 for actress Elizabeth Moss.
Amanda has a house in Whitby, Ontario, Canada, where she lives with her husband and children. The average house price in that area hovers at $360,000. She is also said to own an apartment in Los Angeles, where she stays while working in Hollywood.
Brugel founded Brugs Army, a non-profit organization, in 2013. The nonprofit works to improve the lives of women and children. The organization raised $21,000 in November 2017 for Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital in Toronto with their premier event Mingle for a Mission. The event brought together stars from the US and Canadian TV, including cast members from Lost Girl, Defiance, and Orphan Black.
The astonishing thing was that the event was formed, motivated and supported by social media and was live-streamed. Brugs Army is one of the few charities that operate via social media only. There’s no office, no budget for advertising, no paid staff, no PR department, and no event coordinator. It is literally an army of females who want to make a difference in the world.
Actress Amanda Brugel has a large fan base with over 10.8k followers on Instagram, 4700 followers on Twitter.