04 January 2020 06:35
Amanda Henderson, who plays best known for playing Robyn Miller on Casualty, has been crowned a gay icon, the first of 2020. (Screen capture via BBC iPlayer) We're now three days into 2020, and not only is World War III on the horizon, but the internet has officially welcomed its first LGBT+ icon, actor Amanda Henderson. The roaring 20s have kicked off after the Casualty star unwittingly caused mass hysteria and face palms after she provided Greta Thunberg with a birthday present today – an entirely new name. On an episode of Celebrity Mastermind, the 33-year-old perched herself on the black leather seat as host John Humphries pelted her with questions. But her performance caused her to become an overnight sensation on the same day as Thunberg's birthday.
A true gift for the teen activist. Amanda Henderson declared new gay icon after hilarious Celebrity Mastermind stint. Henderson smashed her specialist subject – songs from animated Disney films from 1989 to 1999 – but things took a meme-worthy turn when the general knowledge round hit. 2020 is cancelled pic.twitter.com/aGDZCTTQmb — Mark Smith (@marksmithstuff) January 2, 2020 "The 2019 book titled No-one Is Too Small To Make A Difference is a collection of speeches made by Swedish climate change activist – what's her name?", asked the quizmaster. Henderson's face froze.
Her vacant eyes staring into the depths of the dark void itself, her lips clamped shut in sharp agony before she did a panicked shrug. The clock was ticking down, the audience's breath bated and viewers yelled "Greta!" louder than when Thunberg screamed "How dare you!" at her United Nations address – what was Henderson going to say? "Sharon," she said. Celebrity Mastermind just now a question was asked about a Swedish girl who became a climate change activist asking what her name was. Amanda Henderson's reply: "Sharon?" I AM SCREAMING — Jamie Kennedy (@JkUmisma) January 2, 2020 'Something very beautiful about watching some hitherto unknown quantity become a gay icon in real time.' Henderson's answer plunged the internet, nay, the world, further into chaos. Australia is a burning hellscape and we're apparently teetering into a global war, but somehow, she united the internet. Blessing us with the ultimate response to any question that seemingly has no answer. How are we going to solve the Irish border problem vexing Brexit negotiations? When will Lady Gaga and Rihanna finally drop their new albums? Why is that guy from Grindr ghosting me so hard? Sharon. Moreover, considering Thunberg's expert level trolling abilities of adding insults and slurs from critics into her Twitter, we're waiting for her to rename herself as 'Sharon Thunberg', to be honest. But in the meantime, Twitter delivered with what it does best: memes. With many users both celebrating her new crowning as a gay icon as well as making jokes about Eastenders character Sharon Watts. something very beautiful about watching some hitherto unknown quantity become a gay icon in real time, in just a short few seconds. truly, a star is born. enjoy your ticketed appearance at heaven my new queen x — Sean (@seanbgoneill) January 3, 2020 I want to go to sleep until the aliens finally take over. — Ellen-Rose Jones (@ERJones_) January 3, 2020 Thank you Sharon Thunberg x pic.twitter.com/9Y7Ye8bZpS — Love of huns (@loveofhuns) January 3, 2020 ES News email The latest headlines in your inbox Enter your email address Continue Please enter an email address Email address is invalid Fill out this field Email address is invalid You already have an account. Please log in Register with your social account or click here to log in I would like to receive lunchtime headlines Monday - Friday plus breaking news alerts, by email Update newsletter preferences Teenage climate change activist Greta Thunberg has changed her name to Sharon on Twitter after a clip of Amanda Henderson on Celebrity Mastermind went viral. The Casualty actress gave Greta an entirely new name when asked by host John Humphrys to identify the Swedish teenager while she sat in the famous black chair. Humphrys asked the actress: "The 2019 book entitled no one is too small to make a difference is a collection of speeches made by a Swedish Climate change activist. What's her name?" Unable to pick up the clues, Henderson simply replied: "Sharon." Greta has now responded to the mix-up, which left Celebrity Mastermind viewers in stitches, by changing her name to Sharon on Twitter. The episode of Celebrity Mastermind saw Henderson joined by Paul Chuckle, Geoff Norcott and chef Levi Roots on the show. After the actress mixed up the name social media users quickly flooded the site with their reactions to the comical answer. One tweeted: "Oh this is just gold. SOLID GOLD!" "Omg everyone knows Sharon gave up climate activism years ago," added another. A third said: "We can skip straight to 2021. This year won't get better than this." Greta became one of the most-talked-about people of 2019, after gaining international recognition for her campaigns to raise awareness for climate change. Amanda Henderson is best known for playing Robyn Miller in Casualty. She also made a brief appearance in the latest film adaptation of Les Misérables.