Andy is an actor and author who was born in Wales but now, by way of London, Brighton and Devon, finds himself in Cheltenham.
Probably best known for being the voice of Watto in the two Star Wars prequels: The Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones, he is also an accomplished stage, television and radio actor, with a career spanning four decades.
Andy has had a long career in theatre, including stints at the Old Vic: The Gingerbread Man; King Lear; The Rivals. Then, down the road at The Young Vic, appearing in Hamlet; What a Way to Run a Revolution; Coriolanus; and Stags and Hens. He has also appeared nationally in many productions, including: Godspell; A Little Bit on the Side (With Beryl Reid); Funny as Hell; Cabaret; A Rose Between Two Thorns; Long Day's Journey into Night; A Study in Scarlet; Crazy People; Guys and Dolls; Love off the Shelf; A Midsummer Night's Dream; Around the World in Eighty Days and, most recently, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Radio Show, Live! Appearances in the West End include: Godspell; Joseph and Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat; Darling of the Day and The Invisible Man. Recently he played Mr Gillie in the play of the same name at the Finborough and has twice appeared at the Old Red Lion inTalk Radio and the double bill: The Recruiting Officer/Indebted to Chance. He has just returned from touring in Handbagged, a joint production between Salisbury Playhouse, York Theatre Royal and the Oldham Coliseum, in which he played Denis Thatcher, Ronald Regan, Prince Philip and countless British politicians.
Andy's first incursion into television was as a presenter on BBC's iconic children's programme, Playschool. From there he moved into the (slightly) more grown up, Playaway, working with the legendary Brian Cant. More television followed: Fast Forward; Chips' Comic; Five Alive; The Brian Conley Show; This Way Up. Other television appearances include The Detectives; Executive Stress; Robin Hood; The Bill; Casualty; Star Cops; Amnesty - Beausire; Peak Practice; Unreported Incident for BBC Scotland; Britannia; Killing Eve (series 2)
He was for a time a member of the BBC Radio Rep: his first job there was playing a Viking being startled by a cow - happy days. Over the years he has appeared in countless radio productions, including playing his father, Harry in Goon Again, a cardboard replica Goon Show and more recently played the old man again in the Lost Hancocks for the BBC. He played a policeman in Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency and Colin the Security Robot in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Quintessential Phase, both produced by Dirk Maggs.
He also supplied many of the voices in the Channel 4 animation series, The King and the Devil; Foxy Fables; and Insektors, all of which he co-wrote with Teddy Kempner.
Other animations that have benefitted from his literary expertise are: Preston Pig and Bob the Builder.
He has also provided voices for various games, including, Broken Sword - Angel of Death and The Sleeping Dragon; Lego Star Wars III; Star Wars Racer Revenge and Star Wars Kinect.