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Nickname Oggie
Height 6' 3" (1.91 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Andrew is a Spotlight listed English actor (and writer), known for Holmes and Watson (2018), Justice League (2017), Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016), and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) among others. Born in the late 1960's to parents Donald and Valerie Ogleby, his home town the then Motor City of Coventry was something of a boomtown at the time (following the devastation it had experienced during the heavy bombing raids of WW2) with its football club Coventry City also gaining promotion to the top-flight of English football, the same year of Andrew's birth.

By the time Andrew left school however, Coventry had turned more into the 'Ghost Town' so poignantly portrayed in song at the time by its most famous band The Specials. Although the mood in the city would later improve when Coventry City F.C went onto win the F.A Cup in 1987, in what many still regard as the greatest Cup Final played in modern times.

After leaving school, Andrew would certainly then have had no aspirations to be involved in film though, for that would surely have been considered something only 'other' people did. However, due to his love of classic film comedy such as Laurel and Hardy and satirical British humour, he had always wanted to become a comedian and could impersonate some of the personalities of the time. But that was soon drummed out of him at secondary school and then later with the need to find a 'real' job and earn money.

Fast forward though to 2013, and a 'chance' meeting with the film producer Sharon Rapose at a business event at the O2 London, where Andrew would later be offered the opportunity (and appear) in the short romantic comedy 'Konnichiwa Brick Lane' (2013) by Saera Jin. Following which, this then rekindled the idea of becoming a comedian, and so he began writing short sketches, with the idea of trying his hand at stand-up.

Then in the summer of 2014, whilst absently minding his own business at a community festival, Andrew was offered, 'out of the blue' by the head of Global Fusion Music & Arts (a local charitable arts based organisation) the opportunity to appear in an original play 'All About the Boys' by one of its members, playwright Robert Fanshawe, about the WWI poet Wilfred Owen and his final battle scene. Andrew would then go onto play one of its main characters, that of Private 'Jacko' Jackson, portraying the classic ironic humour of the British Tommy.

After which, this then lead Andrew to attend an acting course at The London Theatre and play other stage roles, before being inspired to write a play of his own 'Troubled meets the Troubadour' a bittersweet musical comedy, which he was to also direct and perform in. Andrew has since also completed a 7 week run playing Chief Dogberry in the Fox and Chips production of Shakespeare's comedy 'Much Ado About Nothing' as well as playing Private Jackson again at The Gulbenkian Theatre, Canterbury to mark Armistice Day (2016). Andrew has also recently written the script and songs for a full-length pantomime, as well as having writing another short play commenting on social issues which he is also looking to put on and perform in soon. Moreover, Andrew plans to continue writing and taking on other such interesting and challenging stage roles in the future.

In terms of film, Andrew initially signed up with various agencies to take on acting roles and supporting artiste work. During this time he has gone onto work on major feature films, including acting double roles for main actors in Holmes and Watson (2018), The Commuter (2017) and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) as well as also working on TV dramas and in many other short independent films. Andrew also has an avid interest in martial arts/boxing films, having trained in the fighting/healing arts for over 25 years and with experience of stage combat, which he is now able to bring to the screen as well. Similarly, Andrew plans to also continue bringing this wide experience into further acting roles and take on larger parts to become fully established himself.

At present, there are many varied and exciting opportunities coming up for Andrew to allow this to happen. Furthermore, as a result of all his endeavours, Andrew was also recently accepted on Spotlight and is now listed with them. So the future is looking bright for this hard working, dependable and highly versatile observational, physical/comedic actor and writer, who is also able to bring aspects of his wide, life experiences and heightened emotional observations into his work. So please, do watch this space...

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Andrew G. Ogleby

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