Amber Heard Biography: Facts Childhood, Family Life, Success Story

Amber Heard is an American actress and model who was born on April 22, 1986, in Austin, Texas. Her parents are Patricia Paige and David Heard. She has a younger sister named Whitney.

Heard began her acting career in 2004 with a small role in the sports drama Friday Night Lights. She then appeared in films such as Alpha Dog, All the Boys Love Mandy Lane, and Never Back Down. Heard gained wider recognition for her role in the film The Stepfather, which was released in 2009.

In 2011, Heard appeared in the films Drive Angry and The Rum Diary. The latter film was based on a novel by Hunter S. Thompson and starred Johnny Depp. Heard and Depp began dating after filming ended and were married in 2015. However, they divorced in 2017 amid allegations of domestic abuse.

Heard has also appeared in television shows such as The Playboy Club and Top Gear. In addition to her acting career, she has been a vocal advocate for women’s and LGBTQ rights. In 2018, Heard spoke publicly about her experiences with domestic violence and was subsequently named a Human Rights Champion by the United Nations.

Heard has also been involved in a number of high-profile legal cases. In 2016, she was charged with illegally bringing her dogs into Australia while visiting Depp, who was filming a movie there. She later pleaded guilty and was given a one-month good behavior bond.

Heard’s divorce from Depp was also highly controversial and led to much public debate and discussion. Both Heard and Depp have made allegations of domestic violence against each other, and the case has been closely followed by the media.

Despite the controversies in her personal life, Heard has continued to act and has appeared in films such as Aquaman and the upcoming sequel, Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom.

Amber Heard Quick Facts

Boyfriend: Elon Musk (Ex), Valentino Lanus (Ex)

Also Known As: Amber Laura Heard

Age: 37 Years, 37 Year Old Females

Amber Heard Family: Spouse/Ex-: Johnny Depp (m. 2015–2017)

Father: David Heard

Mother: Patricia Paige

Siblings: Whitney Heard

Partner: Tasya van Ree (Ex)

Born Country: United States

Height: 5’7″ (170 cm), 5’7″ Females

City: Austin, Texas

U.S. State: Texas


Amber Heard
Amber Heard

Amber Heard is an American actress from Texas who has starred in various movies in different and unconventional roles. She began her acting career with the sports drama ‘Friday Night Lights’ and soon appeared in various small characters. Her breakthrough arrived when she was recognized as a supporting actress in several box-office successes, including ‘The Pineapple Express’ and ‘Never Back Down’.

She gained recognition from these movies and soon began to star as the lead actress. She has since been a part of several commercially successful films and has been noticed for her taut and convincing performances. Raised in Austin, Heard is known to have made her way through Hollywood through grit and determination as she came from a humble background. She is known for her spiritedness and never-say-die attitude as she had to battle a cancelled TV series, several unsuccessful releases, and many unfavorable reviews.

Despite this, she has continued to be a part of many films and has earned many awards. Apart from films, Heard is an activist as well. From 2015 to 2017, Heard was married to actor Johnny Depp, and their divorce drew a lot of media attention as Heard alleged that Depp had been verbally and physically abusive throughout their relationship. She has spoken openly and raised awareness about domestic violence and sexual abuse.

Amber Heard Childhood & Early Life

Amber Heard was born on April 22, 1986, in Austin, Texas, to Patricia Paige, an internet researcher, and David Heard, a contractor. She has a younger sister, Whitney. She had a strict Catholic upbringing.

The death of her best friend when Heard was sixteen affected her deeply. She was disenchanted with religion and veered toward atheism as she was heavily influenced by Ayn Rand’s ideas around this time. She eventually dropped out of school at seventeen and moved to New York City to pursue modelling.

Amber Heard Career

Amber Heard’s initial appearances were in two music videos, Kenny Chesnet’s ‘There Goes My Life’ and Eisley’s ‘I Wasn’t Prepared’. She made several cameo appearances in many primetime dramas, including ‘Jack & Bobby’, ‘The Mountain’, and ‘The O.C.’. Her debut film ‘Friday Night Lights’ (2004) was a commercial success.
In the next couple of years, she appeared in minor roles in various films such as ‘Drop Dead Sexy’ (2005), ‘Price to Pay’ (2006), ‘You Are Here (2006)’, and ‘Alpha Dog’ (2006). She also appeared in an episode of ‘Criminal Minds’.
Soon, she began starring in more noticeable roles. In ‘North Country’ (2005), she played younger version of Charlize Theron’s character. She also acted in the horror movie ‘Side FX’ (2005).
In 2007, she was cast as a lead character in ‘Hidden Palms’, a teen drama. This didn’t receive positive reviews and was cancelled after 8 episodes. Subsequently, she acted in the short movie ‘Day 73 with Sarah’; an indie drama ‘Remember the Daze’; and in an episode of ‘Californication’.
In 2008, her supporting roles in the movies ‘Pineapple Express’ and ‘Never Back Down’ helped her gain mainstream recognition. Her other films in the same year included ‘The Informers’, which was shunned by critics and ‘All the Boys Love Mandy Lane’, in which her performance was appreaciated.
She starred in the movies ‘The Stepfather’, ‘ExTerminators’, ‘Zombieland’, and ‘The Joneses’ in 2009. In 2010, her releases included ‘The River Why’ and ‘The Ward.’ She co-produced and acted in the thriller ‘And Soon the Darkness.’ She was regularly noticed and praised by film critics during this period.
She was cast as the female lead opposite Johnny Depp in ‘The Rum Diary’ (2011). The movie wasn’t a success and received mixed reviews. Later in the year, she starred in ‘Drive Angry’ alongside Nicholas Cage. She also appeared on ‘Top Gear’, a BBC program.

After a brief interlude, Heard’s 2013, releases included the thriller ‘Paranoia’, the action-comedy ‘Machete Kills’, and the satire ‘Syrup’. Her solo film for 2014 was ‘3 Days to Kill’, which was a commercial success.

2015, marked a turning point in her career as she had four releases in the year. She played a photographer in ‘Magic Mike XXL’ and a ballet dancer in ‘The Danish Girl’. These were successful at the box office. The other films were ‘The Adderall Diaries’ and ‘One More Time’

She played the female protagonist in ‘London Fields’, an adaptation of Martin Amis’s novel. Though it was scheduled to premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2015, it was pulled out owing to disagreements between the director and the producers.
In the popular film ‘Justice League’ (2017), she played Aquaman’s Atlantean queen Mera. She is slated for a repeat of the same role in ‘Aquaman’ (2018).

Amber Heard Major Works

Amber Heard’s first leap to acclaim happened with the teen slasher film ‘All the Boys Love Mandy Love’. It received mixed reviews, but Heard’s performance was widely praised.
She rose to prominence with ‘The Rum Diary’, an adaptation of the novel by Hunter S Thompson. She played Johnny Depp’s love interest, and the chemistry between them was instantly noticed. She won her first award for this film.

Amber Heard Awards & Achievements

In 2015, The Weekend joined the ranks of Elvis Presley, The Beatles and Taylor Swift after his track ‘The Hills’ replaced his other chart-topping single, ‘Can’t Feel My Face’, on the ‘Billboard’ Hot 100 chart. He is the 12th person to have two tracks back-to-back on the top of the list.

In 2015, his album ‘Beauty Behind the Madness’ won two Grammy Awards for ‘Best Urban Contemporary Album’ and ‘Best R&B Performance’. His song, ‘Earned It’, which was included in the album, earned him an Academy Award nomination.
The album ‘Starboy’ received positive reviews from critics and debuted at number one on the ‘Billboard’ 200 chart. It became the top album in 80 countries within a day of its release.

Amber Heard Personal Life & Legacy

The Weeknd has been in a relationship with runway model Bella Hadid since early 2015. She also appeared in his music video ‘In the Night’. However, they reportedly broke up in late 2016, due to conflicting schedules.

In early 2017, he sparked rumors of dating pop star Selena Gomez. Apparently, they came close while working on a project together. They parted ways in late 2017. He was also romantically linked to Alice Ustinova. In 2022, he started dating Simi Khadra.

Amber Heard Trivia

The Weeknd is also a philanthropist. He has provided monetary support to various causes including $250,000 donation to the Black Lives Matter movement.


Amber Heard Movies

1. Zack Snyder’s Justice League (2021)

(Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi)

2. Zombieland (2009)

(Horror, Sci-Fi, Comedy, Adventure)

3. Aquaman (2018)

(Sci-Fi, Action, Adventure)

4. North Country (2005)


5. Friday Night Lights (2004)

(Sport, Action, Drama)

6. The Danish Girl (2015)

(Drama, Romance, Biography)

7. Pineapple Express (2008)

(Action, Crime, Comedy)

8. Alpha Dog (2006)

(Drama, Biography, Crime)

9. Never Back Down (2008)

(Sport, Action, Drama)

10. The Joneses (2009)


Amber Heard Awards

Grammy Awards
2018 Best Urban Contemporary Album Winner
2016 Best R&B Performance Winner
2016 Best Urban Contemporary Album Winner

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