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Overview (1)

Height 6' 3" (1.91 m)

Mini Bio (2)

Andrew Blackall was born in St John's Wood, London; just around the corner from the Abbey Road Studios. He's a freelance producer, working in documentary, film and television. Educated in Harrow, he trained as an actor, working in everything from fringe to film, television and advertising; employed on projects as diverse as Eastenders and a North American cereal marketing campaign for Sultana Bran. In 1995 Andrew appeared on the David Frost show alongside Eric Clapton & John Cleese, He continues to contribute his unique wit and individual take on life with occasional appearances on radio and TV chat shows. Growing up in Stanmore, one of Andrew's neighbors was Roger Moore who Andrew's mum knew from her years working with Theo Cowan, chief publicist of the Rank Organisation. Roger would often give Andrew 'The Saint' halo head and eye raise much to his amusement! He also cites seeing actor John Slater (Tom Stone in Z Cars) walking his dog as influencing his later career moves! Shouting out "Look Mum! It's Tom Stone!" in St John's Wood one Sunday, John said "With a voice like that, you should work in the movies!"

His professional influences are as varied as fellow Producers Hank Bargine and Brian Clemens, his favorite directors are Rachel Liebling, Stanley Kubrick and Robert Hamer. His is the unique ability to produce thought provoking documentary programming with mass appeal and huge marketing potential. Between 1996 and 2001 Andrew contributed his talents to over 40 productions. He has worked with fellow producers as diverse as Ron Zimmerman and Duncan Kenworthy and his good friend David Yates. Andrew has ghost written books for Paul Martin and has a number of projects awaiting commissioning. Andrew is also developing a reality show for a US Network and continues to indulge his love of history.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Lucy Blackall

Andrew wrote and produced Antique Secrets With Paul Martin, currently being distributed on DVD and download by Quantum Leap. As part of the series Shrine of the Times, he wrote, produced and directed a short factual documentary in which Sir Edward Dashwood (descendant of Sir Francis Dashwood and current resident of West Wycombe Park) talks to Paul Martin about the Hellfire Club. This led to the making of a short film, CLUBS & STYX, starring David Bailie (Pirates of the Caribbean), and to Andrew's collaboration with screenwriter Paolo Russo to develop Hellfire, the series. Andrew originally trained as an actor under Stella Greenfield and has worked on many productions both as an actor and indeed a writer, producer and director. He fronted the last Midland Bank mortgage campaign, modelled in an extensive photographic series for XL Magazine and appeared in a myriad of commercials and corporate films. On the popular All New Alexei Sayle show Andrew appeared as a character whose catchphrase was "I'm not happy!". Andrew has also appeared on a number of chat shows alongside guests as varied as Eric Clapton and John Cleese, and in the flagship episode of Three in a Bed as himself, which gained the accolade Sunday Times Critics Choice. Andrew has also contributed to Media Fairs at Oxford Brookes University and has recently judged a student film festival for Best Western at Anil Puri's Grimsdyke House. Andrew owns a successful Guest House (The Lodge) in the middle of the Avebury Neolithic stone circle, which has appeared in several television series including most recently Tony Robinson's Walking Through Britain. Andrew continues to work freelance and has developed a number of productions under the i-media-tv ltd. umbrella.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Andrew Blackall

Spouse (1)

Susan Blackall (November 1991 - present) ( 2 children)

Trivia (7)

Andrew took Hollywood actor Thomas Jane into an Italian coffee shop in Devizes, Wiltshire where Thomas became embroiled in a heated conversation with Sandra the waitress about the availability of mustard. Sandra asked Andrew who Thomas was at which point Andrew told her Thomas was his brother from out of town. Sandra, becoming more exasperated, said "You two look nothing like each other" at which point Andrew said "No, mum worked in a circus". Andrew and Thomas are not related. English mustard is rarely available in Italian coffee shops. Sandra has since moved away.
Andrew's mum, Maxine, was PA to Theo Cowan, head of publicity at the Rank Organization.
Graham Chapman's film, 'The odd job', was probably Andrew's first film appearance on the cutting room floor. Filming in Notting Hill one Sunday.
Andrew is Godfather to the daughter of Paul Martin.
Andrew's brother was the late great Flamenco guitarist Felipe Rompesillas. Felipe appeared in the movie Snatch, in one of the fight scenes with Brad Pitt and Jason Statham. Using Hollywood stars as underarm deodorant was just one of Felipe's less crazy eccentricities.
Whilst working at Hamleys Toy Shop, Regent Street, London during the 1980s, Andrew's illustrious customers included Fanny Cradock, Siouxsie Sioux and Nicholas Ball. Andrew was well known as the Regent Street monkey puppet man, working alongside Jeremy Steyn, star of 'Bar Mitzvah Boy' and 'The Professionals'.
In September 2016 Andrew was diagnosed with stage three colon cancer, undergoing radical surgery at the Cromwell Hospital in London. He has since contributed to colon cancer awareness and Cancer Research fundraisers, including articles for Bowl Cancer UK. Andrew is back working on projects and productions.

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