Actor, Voice Artist, Radio Producer and WriterAs an actor Andy (Andrew) began his training in April 2008 and since then has appeared as part of Arthur Smith’s Arturart Collective at the BAC and at the Edinburgh Festival (2008) and featured in a one-off specially produced show Forbidden Vaudeville at Lord Lloyd Webber’s exclusive Sydmonton Festival (2008). In 2009, he played the central character landlord Charlie Rowland in The Hotel, written and directed by Mark Watson, at the Assembly Rooms Edinburgh; other stage appearances include: The 24 Hour Plays (2010), Scenes From The Medieval Mysteries (2011) and as The Duke Of Venice in Othello (2012). His TV work includes: The Suspicions Of Mr Whicher; Seconds From Disaster: Mumbai; Endeavour; Mr Selfridge and Trollied. Andrew has also appeared in the feature films Ghosted; Dual Crisis; Tezz; Hysteria; The Iron Lady and The Look Of Love.
Andy Foster started working in radio in 1996, when he devised and researched Variety Lives, a series of 6 short documentaries (BBC Radio 2) about variety performers. Subsequent radio work, as researcher, includes: Bob Monkhouse Archive; The Seven Ages Of Man (with Jo Brand); Clive Anderson Bites The Ballot; Wax On (with Ruby Wax); A Talent To Amuse (with Simon Fanshawe) by Unique Broadcasting for BBC Radio 2. Thirty Years Of The Marquee Club (with David Bowie); Blue Angel—Marlene Dietrich (Ten Alps Broadcasting for BBC Radio 2); Boards And Lodgings—A Documentary On Theatrical Digs (BBC Radio 4); Revueing The Situation and Groucho And Me (Unique Broadcasting for BBC Radio 4); The Sunday Service and Julian Worricker (Ten Alps for BBC Radio 5 Live).
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Andy has also compiled and produced Mel And Sue’s Comedy Breakdown; Walking With Comedians: four one-hour specials for BBC Radio 2 hosted by Greg Proops, Sean Hughes, Julian Clary and Lee Hurst); Not The End Of The Pier Show (Ladbroke Production for BBC Radio 2)—a documentary on Brighton’s historic West Pier presented by Pete McCarthy. Weird Science—a documentary on science fiction presented by Brian Aldis (Unique Broadcasting for BBC Radio 4 Archive Hour); Peter Cook: Beyond The Veil presented by Clive Anderson (Unique Broadcasting for BBC Radio 2); Alexei Sayle’s Alternate Take (TBI for BBC Radio 2); The Kipper Country Code presented by Sid Kipper (Unique Broadcasting for Channel 4) and Artuart presented by Arthur Smith (White Pebble for BBC Radio 4)
In his more that 14 years as a freelance radio producer, Andy produced 16 series of BBC Radio 2’s top-rating Saturday lunchtime show The Smith Lectures, presented by Arthur Smith.
Prior to his radio and acting work, Andy had an earlier successful career as a professional photographer (IIP SIAD). He photographed many comedians and variety artists around at the time and was resident photographer for the Hackney Empire 1986–1991 as well as staff photographer for The Heckler (Britain’s first comedy magazine 1990–1993). Andy co-wrote, with comedian Steve Furst, the definitive Radio Comedy 1938–1968 (Pub: Virgin 1996/1999) and is the Sound Archivist for the British Music Hall Society. He is also renowned for owning one of the largest and most comprehensive comedy archives in Britain.
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