Amanda Holden reveals she was engaged at the time of 'Blind Date' appearance aged 19

Amanda Holden has opened up about her famous 'Blind Date' appearance. (Photo by Keith Mayhew/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Before Amanda Holden hit the big time and became the well known media personality she is today, she had her television start as a contestant on Blind Date at the age of 19 in 1991.

While the 48-year-old’s appearance on the dating show was unearthed years ago, in a new interview with Reader’s Digest she's said she was actually engaged at the time of filming.

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"I’d seen an audition poster and, being dramatic and quite loud, I went along for a laugh," she shared with the publication. "I was actually down as a reserve, but someone was forced to pull out, which left me centre-stage, so to speak.

"I was actually engaged at the time, but it was all done for a laugh and the producers knew I wasn’t single."

The Britain's Got Talent judge described her stint on the programme as a "great experience" and that she was both "embarrassed and extremely proud" of participating.

As she appeared on the show, Holden divulged to host Cilla Black that she was looking for "experienced, mature men".

Holden never wed her unnamed then-fiancé, as she eventually went on to marry Les Dennis when she was 24 years old and he was 41.

Amanda Holden was married to Les Dennis for eight years. (Photo by Tim Ockenden - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)

They divorced in 2003, following on from a temporary split in 2000 after Holden was discovered to have been having an affair with Men Behaving Badly star Neil Morrissey.

She went on to marry husband Chris Hughes in 2008 after welcoming their daughter Lexi in 2006. They also share daughter Holly, who was born in 2012.

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