Hollyoaks star Amanda Clapham ask fans for help after she’s bitten by huge spider
Ex-Hollyoaks star Amanda Clapham took to social media to reveal that she was bitten by a huge spider.
The soap star added a photo of the spider, which she had trapped under a glass, to her Instagram story and asked her 216k followers for help identifying it.
She wrote: “Ok this little dude just bit me. I’m still standing but I had no idea spiders in this country bite. Anyone know what it is?”
She added: “Why do I always attract the bugs?!”
With the help of her fans, Amanda, 31, discovered that the spider was likely to be a wolf spider, a medium sized spider which hunts on the ground and pounce on their prey, much like a wolf.
Updating her story Amanda added: “Ok, we think wolf spider. Can I still claim to be Spiderwoman though?”
She continued: “I mean, it’s just a bite and a swollen thumb but it could still happen.”
Luckily for Amanda, wolf spiders are not venomous, but their bites can be painful and cause redness and some swelling. According to Healthline, the bump usually goes away in a few days. It is possible to be allergic to non-venomous spider bites, so if in doubt, it's best to check with your doctor.
Amanda starred in the long running soap Hollyoaks from 2013 to 2019 and it’s where she met co-star, and now ex-partner, Alfie Brown-Sykes. The couple were together for six years after becoming close when their Hollyoaks characters became an item.
Their on-screen romance was turbulent – with Holly and Jason getting together as teenagers and getting engaged. Holly had an affair with Jason's brother Robbie, a fact that in classic soap-land style, was revealed at their wedding. They did still go on to marry – but it didn’t last long and the characters soon separated.
The real-life couple split in late 2019, when Alfie moved out of the Liverpool home he and Amanda shared with their French Bulldog Frankie.
A source told The Sun: "The relationship just ran its course – they didn't want to make a big fuss or announce it publicly."
Since leaving Hollyoaks Amanda has had roles in Casualty, horror/comedy show Next Door and will appear in the thriller Billy Smith.
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