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Andy Hamilton (I)

Andy Hamilton is a British comedian, game-show panellist, comedy screenwriter, television director, radio dramatist, and novelist. He is best known for writing the BBC Radio 4 comedy series Old Harry's Game (in which he plays an amusing version of Satan himself), and the BBC One sitcom Outnumbered, about a middle-class family with three unruly children.

Biography

Born in Fulham, southwest London, Andy Hamilton was educated at Westminster City School and later read English at Downing College, Cambridge, where he was a member of the Cambridge University Light Entertainment Society (CULES).

Hamilton first came to the attention of British audiences when performing at the Edinburgh Fringe in the 1970s, paying the bills during this early career in comedy by undertaking roles at Harrods and the Post Office before joining the BBC in 1976.

Working predominantly on BBC Radio 4, Hamilton wrote for shows including THe Jason Explanation, Week Ending, The News Huddlines and The Million Pound Radio Show.

In the late 70s, he wrote on such shows as Not The Nine O'Clock News, The Dawson Watch, and Scotch And Wry. As his star continued to rise, throughout the 80s he wrote and produced four series of Who Dares Wins..., and also wrote on The Kit Curran Radio Show.

Moving into the 90s, Hamilton was a regular guest on BBC Radio 4's The News Quiz, and both wrote and produced the successful TV show Drop The Dead Donkey.

From 1995 to 2012 Hamilton wrote and directed Old Harry's Game, a hugely successful radio comedy set mainly in Hell in which Hamilton plays the cynical, world-weary Satan. Four series of six half-hour episode each are aired by 2001, with further series broadcast in 2005, 2007, and 2009. Many of the notable cast members, including Andy Hamilton, David Swift, David Grout, and Robert Duncan, had all worked together previously on Drop The Dead Donkey.

Hamilton is frequently invited as a guest panellist on I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue, and is the voice of Dr Elephant, the dentist in the children's show Peppa Pig.

In 2007 he co-created (with Andy Jenkin), wrote, directed, and produced the long-running and partially improvised BBC sitcom Outnumbered, about a middle-class family with three children. The adult actors learn the scripts, while the children are given last-minute instructions by the writers. It would run for five series, ending in 2014, with a Christmas special in 2016.

In 2014 Hamilton co-wrote, with Andy Jenkin, a classic British comedy film entitled What We Did On Our Holiday. With a stellar cast including Rosamund Pike, Billy Connolly, and Annette Crosbie, it centres on the struggles of a family to hold itself together amid the pressures of parenthood.

Hamilton married Libby Asher in 1998 and they have three children together.

Gender
Male
Nationality
England
Born
Friday 28th May 1954 (65 years-old)

Known for

Credits

 
Year Production Role
2020 Kate And Kolo Announced Writer
2019 Have I Got News For You - Series 58
  1. E7 - Episode Seven
Guest
2019 The News Quiz - Series 100 Guest
2019 Andy Hamilton Sort Of Remembers - Series 2 Host / Presenter
2019 Andy Hamilton Sort Of Remembers - Series 2 Writer
2019 Henley Festival Self
2019 The News Quiz - Series 99 Guest
2019 Have I Got News For You - Series 57
  1. E5 - Episode Five
Guest
2019 Insert Name Here - Series 4
  1. E7 - Jules
Guest
2018 The News Quiz - Series 98 Guest
2018 Saluting Dad's Army
  1. E4 - Episode Four
  2. E3 - Episode Three
  3. E2 - Episode Two
Self
2018 An Evening With Andy Hamilton Self
2018 Have I Got News For You - Series 56
  1. Special - Have I Got 2018 News For You
  2. E7 - Episode Seven
Guest
2018 The News Quiz - Series 97 Guest
2018 Geoff Lloyd's Hometown Glory - Series 2
  1. E4 - Andy Hamilton
Guest
2018 The Infinite Monkey Cage - Series 18
  1. E1 - Big Data
Guest
2018 The News Quiz - Series 96 Guest
2018 Have I Got News For You - Series 55
  1. E5 - Episode Five
Guest
2018 The News Quiz - Series 95 Guest
2017 Andy Hamilton Sort Of Remembers - Series 1 Host / Presenter
2017 Andy Hamilton Sort Of Remembers - Series 1 Writer
2017 Have I Got News For You - Series 54
  1. Special - Have I Got 2017 News For You
  2. E2 - Episode Two
Guest
2017 The News Quiz - Series 94 Guest
2017 Election Spy Writer
2017 Election Spy Director
2017 Election Spy Producer
2017 Have I Got News For You - Series 53
  1. E3 - Episode Three
Guest
2017 The News Quiz - Series 93 Guest
2017 The News Quiz - Series 92 Guest
2016 Outnumbered - Christmas Special Writer
2016 Outnumbered - Christmas Special Director
2016 Outnumbered - Christmas Special Producer
2016 Les Dawson Forever
  1. E2 - Episode Two
  2. E1 - Episode One
Self
2016 Have I Got News For You - Series 52
  1. Special - Have I Got 2016 News For You
  2. E5 - Episode Five
Guest
2016 Andy Hamilton Self
2016 The News Quiz - Series 91 Guest
2016 Power Monkeys Writer
2016 Power Monkeys Director
2016 Power Monkeys Creator
2016 The News Quiz - Series 90 Guest
2015 Have I Got News For You - Series 50
  1. Special - Highlights Special
  2. E10 - Episode Ten
Guest
2015 Britain's Best Loved Sitcoms Self
2015 Have I Got News For You - Series 49
  1. E8 - Episode Eight
Guest
2015 Ballot Monkeys Writer
2015 Ballot Monkeys Director
2015 Ballot Monkeys Creator
2015 The News Quiz - Series 86 Guest
2014 Have I Got News For You - Series 48
  1. E5 - Episode Five
Guest
2014 I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue - Series 61 Guest
2014 The News Quiz - Series 84 Guest
2014 Have I Got News For You - Series 47
  1. E6 - Episode Six
Guest
2014 Outnumbered - Series 5 Writer
2014 Outnumbered - Series 5 Director
2014 Outnumbered - Series 5 Producer
2014 Dave Allen: The Immaculate Selection Writer (Additional Material)
2014 What We Did On Our Holiday Writer
2014 What We Did On Our Holiday Director
2012 The News Quiz - Series 79 Guest
2012 Outnumbered - Christmas Special Writer
2012 Outnumbered - Christmas Special Director
2012 Outnumbered - Christmas Special Producer
2012 Have I Got News For You - Series 44
  1. Special - Highlights Special
  2. Special - Christmas Special
Guest
2012 The News Quiz - Series 78 Guest
2012 Just Around The Corner Writer
2012 Just Around The Corner Director
2012 Have I Got Sport For You Guest
2012 Have I Got News For You - Series 43
  1. E7 - Episode Seven
Guest
2012 Would I Lie To You? - Series 6
  1. Special - The Unseen Bits
  2. E5 - Episode Five
Guest
2012 Henning Knows Best
  1. E4 - Humour
Guest
2012 The News Quiz - Series 77 Guest
2011 The News Quiz - Series 76 Guest
2011 You Have Been Watching... David Croft Self
2011 Sitcom Does...
  1. E1 - Sitcom Does Families With Hugh Dennis
Self
2011 Have I Got News For You - Series 42
  1. E5 - Episode Five
Guest
2011 QI - Making Of Special
  1. QI Genesis
Guest
2011 QI - Series I
  1. Special - QI VG: Compilation Show 6
  2. E9 - Illness
Guest
2011 The News Quiz - Series 75 Guest
2011 Outnumbered - Series 4 Writer
2011 Outnumbered - Series 4 Director
2011 Outnumbered - Series 4 Producer
2010 The News Quiz - Series 73 Guest
2010 Old Harry's Game - 2010 Specials Satan
2010 Old Harry's Game - 2010 Specials Writer
2010 Old Harry's Game - 2010 Specials Director
2010 Have I Got News For You - Series 40
  1. Special - Highlights Special
  2. E3 - Episode Three
Guest
2010 The News Quiz - Series 72 Guest
2010 QI - Series H
  1. Special - QI VG: Compilation Show 4
  2. E6 - Happiness
Guest
2010 Have I Got News For You - Series 39
  1. E4 - Episode Four
Guest
2010 The News Quiz - Series 71 Guest
2010 Outnumbered - Series 3 Writer
2010 Outnumbered - Series 3 Director
2010 Outnumbered - Series 3 Producer
2010 The Bubble
  1. E3 - Andy Hamilton, Sarah Millican, Clive Anderson
Guest
2010 QI - Series G
  1. Special - QI VG: Compilation Show 1
  2. E9 - Gallimaufrey
Guest
2010 The News Quiz - Series 70 Guest
2009 Outnumbered - Christmas Special Writer
2009 Outnumbered - Christmas Special Director
2009 Outnumbered - Christmas Special Producer
2009 It's Only A Theory Host / Presenter
2009 It's Only A Theory Creator
2009 The News Quiz - Series 69 Guest
2009 Have I Got News For You - Series 37
  1. E4 - Episode Four
Guest
2009 The News Quiz - Series 68 Guest
2009 Old Harry's Game - Series 7 Satan
2009 Old Harry's Game - Series 7 Writer
2009 Old Harry's Game - Series 7 Director
2009 The News Quiz - Series 67 Guest
2008 Have I Got News For You - Series 36
  1. E7 - Episode Seven
Guest
2008 Outnumbered - Series 2 Writer
2008 Outnumbered - Series 2 Director
2008 Outnumbered - Series 2 Producer
2008 QI - Series F
  1. E3 - Flotsam And Jetsam
Guest
2008 The News Quiz - Series 66 Guest
2008 The News Quiz - Series 65 Guest
2008 The News Quiz - Series 64 Guest
2007 Have I Got News For You - Series 34
  1. E4 - Episode Four
Guest
2007 The News Quiz - Series 63 Host / Presenter
2007 The News Quiz - Series 63 Guest
2007 Old Harry's Game - Series 6 Satan
2007 Old Harry's Game - Series 6 Writer
2007 Old Harry's Game - Series 6 Director
2007 Outnumbered - Series 1 Writer
2007 Outnumbered - Series 1 Director
2007 Outnumbered - Series 1 Producer
2007 Have I Got News For You - Series 33
  1. E6 - Episode Six
Guest
2007 The News Quiz - Series 62 Guest
2007 Clive Anderson's Chat Room - Series 3 Guest
2007 Laughed Off The Page - Series 1
  1. E4 - Andy Hamilton
Self
2007 The News Quiz - Series 61 Guest
2006 Have I Got News For You - Series 32
  1. E6 - Episode Six
Guest
2006 The Unbelievable Truth - Pilot
  1. Pilot
Guest
2006 QI - Series D
  1. E9 - Doves
Guest
2006 The News Quiz - Series 60 Guest
2006 Have I Got News For You - Series 31
  1. E5 - Episode Five
Guest
2006 Revolting People - Series 4 Sergeant McGurk
2006 Revolting People - Series 4 Writer
2006 The News Quiz - Series 59 Host / Presenter
2006 The News Quiz - Series 59 Guest
2006 Ed Reardon's Week - Series 2
  1. E3 - The Last Laugh
Terry Savage
2005 Have I Got News For You - Series 30
  1. E4 - Episode Four
Guest
2005 The News Quiz - Series 58 Guest
2005 QI - Series C
  1. E9 - Creatures
  2. E2 - Cummingtonite
Guest
2005 Old Harry's Game - Series 5 Satan
2005 Old Harry's Game - Series 5 Writer
2005 Old Harry's Game - Series 5 Director
2005 The News Quiz - Series 57 Guest
2005 Have I Got News For You - Series 29
  1. Special - The 2005 General Election Special
Guest
2005 The News Quiz - Series 56 Guest
2004 The News Quiz - Series 55 Guest
2004 Trevor's World Of Sport - Series 1 Writer
2004 Trevor's World Of Sport - Series 1
  1. E1 - Jason
Producer
2004 Revolting People - Series 3 Sergeant McGurk
2004 Revolting People - Series 3 Writer
2004 The News Quiz - Series 54 Guest
2004 Britain's Best Sitcom
  1. E1 - The Launch
Guest
2003 Bedtime - Series 3 Writer
2003 Bedtime - Series 3 Director
2003 The News Quiz - Series 53 Guest
2003 Trevor's World Of Sport Dave
2003 Trevor's World Of Sport Writer
2003 Trevor's World Of Sport Director
2003 The News Quiz - Series 51 Guest
2002 Old Harry's Game - 2002 Specials Satan
2002 Old Harry's Game - 2002 Specials Writer
2002 Old Harry's Game - 2002 Specials Director
2002 The News Quiz - Series 50 Guest
2002 Bedtime - Series 2 Writer
2002 Bedtime - Series 2 Director
2002 The News Quiz - Series 49 Guest
2002 The News Quiz - Series 48 Guest
2001 The News Quiz - Series 47 Guest
2001 Bedtime - Series 1 Writer
2001 Bedtime - Series 1 Director
2001 Revolting People - Series 2 Sergeant McGurk
2001 Revolting People - Series 2 Writer
2001 Old Harry's Game - Series 4 Satan
2001 Old Harry's Game - Series 4 Writer
2001 Old Harry's Game - Series 4 Director
2001 The News Quiz - Series 45 Guest
2000 The News Quiz - Series 44 Guest
2000 The News Quiz - Series 43 Guest
2000 Revolting People - Series 1 Sergeant McGurk
2000 Revolting People - Series 1 Writer
1999 The News Quiz - Series 42 Guest
1999 Old Harry's Game - Series 3 Satan
1999 Old Harry's Game - Series 3 Writer
1999 Old Harry's Game - Series 3 Director
1999 The News Quiz - Series 41 Guest
1998 Drop The Dead Donkey - Series 6 Writer
1998 Drop The Dead Donkey - Series 6 Producer
1998 The News Quiz - Series 40 Guest
1998 Old Harry's Game - Series 2 Satan
1998 Old Harry's Game - Series 2 Writer
1998 Old Harry's Game - Series 2 Director
1998 The News Quiz - Series 39 Guest
1997 Mr White Goes To Westminster Comet Editor
1997 The News Quiz - Series 38 Guest
1997 The News Quiz - Series 37 Guest
1996 Drop The Dead Donkey - Series 5 Writer
1996 Drop The Dead Donkey - Series 5 Producer
1996 The News Quiz - Series 36 Guest
1996 The News Quiz - Series 35 Guest
1995 Old Harry's Game - Series 1 Satan
1995 Old Harry's Game - Series 1 Writer
1995 Old Harry's Game - Series 1 Director
1995 The News Quiz - Series 34 Guest
1995 The News Quiz - Series 33 Guest
1995 A Very Open Prison Eddie
1994 Carrott-U-Like Production Designer
1994 Drop The Dead Donkey - Series 4 Writer
1994 Drop The Dead Donkey - Series 4 Producer
1994 The News Quiz - Series 32 Guest
1994 The News Quiz - Series 31 Guest
1993 The News Quiz - Series 30 Guest
1993 The News Quiz - Series 29 Guest
1993 Drop The Dead Donkey - Series 3 Writer
1993 Drop The Dead Donkey - Series 3 Producer
1992 The News Quiz - Series 28 Guest
1992 The News Quiz - Series 27 Guest
1991 Drop The Dead Donkey - Series 2 Writer
1991 Drop The Dead Donkey - Series 2 Producer
1990 Drop The Dead Donkey - Series 1 Writer
1990 Drop The Dead Donkey - Series 1 Producer
1990 Drop The Dead Donkey Creator
1990 Chelmsford 123 - Series 2
  1. E5 - The Secret War
Taranis
1990 Chelmsford 123 - Series 2 Writer (Additional Material)
1988 Who Dares Wins... - Series 4 Writer
1988 Who Dares Wins... - Series 4 Producer
1988 Chelmsford 123 - Series 1
  1. E3 - The Girl Of My Dreams
Dream Interpreter
1988 Pastoral Care Writer
1987 Checkpoint Chiswick Writer
1986 Who Dares Wins... - Series 3 Writer
1986 Who Dares Wins... - Series 3 Producer
1986 The Kit Curran Radio Show - Kit Curran Writer
1985 Who Dares Wins... - Series 2 Writer
1985 Who Dares Wins... - Series 2 Producer
1984 Who Dares Wins... - Series 1 Writer
1984 Who Dares Wins... - Series 1 Producer
1984 The Kit Curran Radio Show - The Kit Curran Radio Show Writer
1982 Shelley - Series 4
  1. E3 - No News Is Good...
Writer
1981 The Jason Explanation - Series 4 Writer
1980 The Dawson Watch - Series 3 Writer
1980 The Jason Explanation - Series 3 Writer
1980 Not The Nine O'Clock News - Series 2
  1. E3 - Episode Three
  2. E2 - Episode Two
  3. E1 - Episode One
Writer
1979 The Dawson Watch - Series 2 Writer
1979 The Dawson Watch - Series 1 Writer
1978 Scotch And Wry - Series 2 Writer
1978 Scotch And Wry - Series 1 Writer
1978 The Jason Explanation - Series 2 Writer
1977 The Jason Explanation - Series 1 Writer
Good Omens
  1. E6 - The Very Last Day Of The Rest Of Their Lives
Hell's Usher

Non-comedy TV and film credits might be found here:
Andy Hamilton on IMDb

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