Andy Hamilton

Andy Hamilton

Infobox Comedian
name = Andrew Neil Hamilton


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birth_name = Andrew Neil Hamilton
birth_date = 1954
birth_place = Fulham, London [cite news | first= | last= | coauthors= | title=Andy Hamilton | date= | publisher=BBC | url =http://www.bbc.co.uk/comedy/people/andy_hamilton_person_page.shtml | work = | pages = | accessdate = 2008-09-15 | language = ]
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medium = Radio, television
nationality = British
active = 1972-present
genre = Political satire
subject = Politics
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spouse = Libby Asher
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notable_work = "Old Harry's Game"


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Andrew Neil Hamilton (born 1954) is a British comedian, game show panellist, director, and comedy scriptwriter for television and radio.

Early life

Hamilton was born in Fulham, south-west London. Despite being born with ten fingers, soon after his birth it was noticed that six of these were on the same hand. At the age of five, his extra thumb was removed; as a result, Andy has no thumb on his right hand.fact|date=September 2008 Hamilton is not a dwarf, despite his diminutive stature.

Educated at a grammar school, Hamilton read English at Downing College, Cambridge, where he was a member of the Cambridge University Light Entertainment Society (CULES).

Career

Early career

Hamilton first came to major notice whilst performing in the world famous Edinburgh Fringe Festival in the 1970s.

Television work

He has appeared regularly in "Chelmsford 123", "Have I Got News for You", "The News Quiz", "QI", and "If I Ruled the World". Andy is the voice of Dr. Elephant, the dentist in the children's' show Peppa Pig.

Radio work

His early radio work included "Week Ending" and "The News Huddlines". [cite news | first= | last= | coauthors= | title=Andy Hamilton | date= | publisher=BBC | url =http://www.bbc.co.uk/comedy/people/andy_hamilton_person_page.shtml | work = | pages = | accessdate = 2008-09-15 | language = ]

On 16 March 2007, he co-presented BBC Radio 4's "Woman's Hour" programme, alongside usual presenter Martha Kearney, as part of that day's Comic Relief fundraising activities, after defeating Richard Hammond and Kelvin Mackenzie in a poll. Hamilton is an occasional guest panellist in "I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue" and on "The News Quiz".

Since 1995, Hamilton has written and played the lead role of Satan in the Radio 4 sitcom "Old Harry's Game".

tand-up

Andy is currently touring with his UK stand-up show “Hat of Doom” 2008.

Personal life

He supports Chelsea FC.fact|date=September 2008 He is married to Libby Asher, the mother of his three children - Pip, Robbie, and Isobel - and lives in Wimbledon.fact|date=September 2008

Andy is 5'3 tall, a short stature which has provided jokes on Have I Got News For You and The News Quiz. He attributes his short height to his mother, who he claims wouldn't feed him adequate vegetables.

cripts

Hamilton has written scripts for:

*"Not the Nine O'Clock News" (1979)
*"Scotch and Wry" (1980)
*"Who Dares Wins" (1983)
*"Alas Smith & Jones" (1984)
*"The Kit Curran Radio Show" (1984; with Guy Jenkin)
*"Scotch & Wry" (1986)
*"Shelley" (1979)
*"Drop the Dead Donkey" (1990; co-creator with Guy Jenkin)
*"Eleven Men Against Eleven" (1995)
*"Never Mind the Horrocks" (1996)
*"The Exam" (2002; for the National Theatre Connections Anthology)
*"Bedtime" (2001–2003)
*"Trevor's World of Sport" (2003)
*"Outnumbered" (2007; co-written with Guy Jenkin)
*"The Million Pound Radio Show" (radio, with Nick Revell)
*"The News Huddlines" (radio)
*"Old Harry's Game" (radio, creator, in which he also stars as Satan)
*"The Armstrong and Miller Show" (2007)
*"Revolting People" (radio; co-creator with Jay Tarses), in which he also stars as Sergeant McGurk)
*"The Two Ronnies"
*"Week Ending" (radio)

References

External links

*imdb name|id=0357725|name=Andy Hamilton
* [http://www.bbc.co.uk/comedy/people/andy_hamilton_person_page.shtml Andy Hamilton Biography] bbc.co.uk

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NAME= Hamilton, Andy
ALTERNATIVE NAMES= Hamilton, Andrew Neil
SHORT DESCRIPTION= Comedian
DATE OF BIRTH= 1954
PLACE OF BIRTH= Fulham, London
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