Best-selling author, political journalist, distinguished TV host, the face of the BBC’s political coverage from 2000 to 2005 and the host of the Andrew Marr Show on BBC1
Andrew Marr Biography
Andrew Marr is one of the most instantly recognisable faces on TV, Andrew Marr fronted up the BBC’s political coverage through an era which included the 9/11 attacks and the Afghanistan and Iraq wars.
Andrew Marr is one of the most familiar reporters, journalists, presenters and interviewers on television. He is the host of weekly BBC ‘The Andrew Marr Show’, during which Andrew conducts live interviews with a host of high profile guests on topical issues and he also current presents the Radio 4 programme, ‘Start the Week’, on a regular basis. Prior to this, Andrew spent five years as Political Editor at BBC News.
In addition, Andrew has researched, written and presented numerous series for the BBC including ‘Andrew Marr’s History of Modern Britain’, ‘Britain from Above’, ‘Darwin’s Dangerous Idea’, ‘Andrew Marr’s The Making of Modern Britain’, ‘Megacities and Andrew Marr’s History of The World’ and ‘JFK-The Making of Modern Politics’.
His other broadcasting achievements include a series on contemporary thinkers for BBC 2 and Radio 4, and political documentaries for Channel 4 and BBC 1’s Panorama. In February 2012, Andrew Marr’s three-part BBC 1 documentary, ‘The Diamond Queen’, drew more than six million viewers per episode. Following Margaret Thatcher’s death in 2013, Andrew narrated a memorial documentary, ‘Margaret Thatcher: Prime Minister’ and, in 2016, Andrew produced and presented a thought-provoking documentary about the ‘Battle for Scotland’. More recently, in 2017, Andrew has broadcast an in-depth documentary called ‘My Brain and Me’, where he has charted his own personal battle with his development and recovery from his stroke.
In addition to broadcasting, Andrew has also found time to write his own books and had many books published, including: The Battle for Scotland, Ruling Britannia, The Day Britain Died, My Trade, A History of Modern Britain, A History of Modern Britain part 2 (best seller), The Diamond Queen: Elizabeth II and Her People, A History of the World 2012, A Short Book about Drawing and his latest book, A Short Book about Painting. Andrew has also written and published two mystery fiction books: ‘Children of the Master’ and ‘Head of State’.
Andrew has received many major awards for writing and broadcasting – including from BAFTA, the Royal Television Society and the Broadcasting Press Guild, which awarded two prizes for the Andrew Marr Show and Andrew Marr’s History of Modern Britain including the award for the ‘Best Specialist Factual Programme’ at the 2008 ceremony. More recently in May 2017, Andrew won the RTS Scotland award for Current Affairs.
Andrew attended Dundee High School, Craigflower School in Fife, and Loretto School, Musselburgh. He gained a BA First Class Honours in English from Trinity Hall, Cambridge after which he joined ‘The Scotsman’ as a trainee and junior/business reporter in 1981. He became a parliamentary correspondent in 1984 and political correspondent in 1986. He worked for two years at ‘The Independent’ before returning to ‘The Scotsman’ as political editor in 1986.
He moved to become political editor at ‘The Economist’ from 1988 to 1992. He then returned to ‘The Independent’ as the chief political commentator in 1992 and was promoted to editor in 1996. He became a columnist for ‘The Express’ and ‘The Observer’ in 1998 before starting his BBC career when he was appointed as BBC political editor in May 2000.
Andrew is married to Jackie Ashley, also in the public eye for her work in political journalism and reporting, and in July 2009 Andrew and Jackie were both awarded honorary doctorates from Staffordshire University.
Andrew lists his hobbies as reading (he was the chair of judges, Samuel Johnson Prize, 2001), painting, and cooking. He has three children and lives at home in London. Andrew supports many charities including Sense, the National Deafblind and Rubella Association, and was the face of a Sense direct marketing appeal. He was President of the Galapagos Conservation Trust until 2013 and has supported the Radio 4 Appeal for iDE UK; subsequently becoming a patron.
Despite suffering a stroke on 8 January 2013, Andrew was determined to make his recovery as quickly as possible and returned to present his own shows on 1 September 2013.
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