Since leaving drama school, Andy Gathergood has firmly established himself as one the UK’s most engaging actors. His intelligence and sensitivity has bagged him a host of prominent roles and marked him out as a unique actor to call upon.
On film, he is best known for his roles in JOURNEY'S END directed by Saul Dibb alongside Sam Claflin, THE GUERNSEY LITERARY AND POTATO PEEL PIE SOCIETY directed by Mike Newell starring Lily James, RISEN alongside Joseph Fiennes, ANOTHER MOTHER'S SON with Jenny Seagrove and LECTURE 21 featuring John Hurt. Further credits include THE DEATH OF STALIN directed by Armando Iannucci.
On TV, his portrayal of Skunkhair Tom Wallace earned him great praise in the Emmy and Golden Globe winning Series HATFIELDS & MCCOYS starring Kevin Costner and Bill Paxton.
Andy was born in Farnborough, Kent on the 15th of January 1974. Raised in the small country village of Hartley Wintney west of London, Andy grew up with a passion for football, puppets and monkeys.
It was a school play at the age of 17 that gave him his first taste of acting. Heroic lead? Well, not exactly. It was a Greek comedy and joy of joys a fruity whore would be essential to everyone's fun. Now, Andy went to an all boys Catholic School and enthusiasm for the part was somewhat thin. So, with no takers the role had to be thrust upon some poor sod. Rather less than thrilled there he stood, blonde wig, lip gloss and after much protest an unnecessarily short mini skirt. The days to follow would be a never ending barage of seductive cues to go hit on one of his very reluctant best mates. Apparently, on the opening night the visiting nuns hunkering in the front row got to see a bit too much of Gods gift and had the shock of their lives! An ecclesiastical scandal which ultimately proved Andy's mini skirt protest to be wholly justified! It's true to say that this wasn't quite how Gathergood had envisaged his stage debut. However, he quickly discovered it was a hell of a lot less awkward to just commit to the part than stand off. A lesson he still remembers and uses today along with better supporting underwear. That said, Gathergood’s entrance into the profession was incredibly still over ten years off.
In 1992, he went to Birmingham to study Landscape Architecture. After 3 years proving he could tell the difference between a bush and a tree, Andy graduated. A sales career followed. However, the curiosity of acting was still very much bubbling away.
In 2001, Andy went on a yearlong adventure to South America. The trip remains one of his most challenging and inspiring of journeys. He still holds with great fondness the intoxicating mix of feeling fantastically alive yet super vulnerable. Andy gained a great many things from his adventure, with one a supreme clarity in his feelings towards acting. So much so that on his return, Andy finally made the decision to front his urge and see what all the fuss was about.
After his initial shock at being one of the oldest at drama school his journey so far has been well worth the wait. Upon finishing his training Gathergood went straight to work both on television and film, appearing in the obligatory Brit cop show THE BILL and starring opposite John Hurt and Noah Taylor in the popular Italian novelist Alessandro Barrico’s debut feature LECTURE 21.
Andy next appeared in the BBC’s compelling and award winning thriller CRIMINAL JUSTICE(2008) starring Ben Whishaw.
2010 was also the year Gathergood appeared in the BAFTA award winning Short Film UNTIL THE RIVER RUNS RED directed by the highly acclaimed young Scottish director Paul Wright.
More television work followed with Andy appearing as MS Sufferer Johnny McElwaine in the series LAW & ORDER:UK(2011) and then a return to film in THE THREE MUSKETEERS(2011) directed by Paul W.S. Anderson.
In 2012 Andy shot the multi award winning US TV Mini-Series HATFIELDS & MCCOYS directed by Kevin Reynolds. He featured, as the fiercely loyal but none too clever Skunkhair Tom Wallace, opposite Kevin Costner, Tom Berrenger and Powers Boothe. More US television was to come the following year in NBC’s action packed global crime drama CROSSING LINES(2013) opposite William Fitchner and MyAnna Buring.
Andy next appeared in the ITV series THE SUSPICIONS OF MR WHICHER(2013) alongside Paddy Considine then SUSPECTS(2013) for Channel 5. In 2014 he returned to ITV for the epic drama THE GREAT FIRE opposite Andrew Buchan and Rose Leslie before appearing in the BBC series RIPPER STREET(2014).
More film work followed in the epic biblical feature RISEN(2014) directed once again by Kevin Reynolds where Andy featured as Quintus alongside Joseph Fiennes and Tom Fenton.
In 2015 Andy shot the epic BBC series THE LAST KINGDOM for Carnival Films. 2015 would also see a return to films with Andy starring in the indie thriller WEAPON and also ANOTHER MOTHERS SON(2015) directed by Chris Menaul featuring Jenny Seagrove and John Hannah.
Andy then returned to ITV appearing in the popular crime drama DCI BANKS(2016). In 2016 Gathergood shot the eagerly anticipated feature THE DEATH OF STALIN directed by Armando Iannucci and starring Steve Buscemi, Simon Russell Beale and Andrea Riseborough. 2016 was also the year Andy shot JOURNEY'S END, the most significant film made during the WW1 Centenary directed by Saul Dibb and starring Sam Claflin, Paul Bettany, Asa Butterfield, Toby Jones, Stephen Graham and Tom Sturridge.
2017 kicked off with Andy filming the stunning feature adaptation THE GUERNSEY LITERARY AND POTATO PEEL PIE SOCIETY directed by Mike Newell and starring Lily James, Michiel Huisman, Tom Courtenay and Penelope Wilton. More US TV was to follow with Andy shooting Paramount's exciting event based drama series THE ALIENIST directed by Jakob Verbruggen. The year concluded with Gathergood filming Channel 4 and Paul Abbott's critically-lauded police drama NO OFFENCE.
More TV work was to follow in 2018 with Andy filming the hit comedy drama LIVING THE DREAM alongside Philip Glenister and Lesley Sharp for SKY 1. Gathergood would then cross to SKY Atlantic to shoot the anarchic drama BRITANNIA II starring David Morrissey, Zoe Wanamaker, Steve Pemberton and Mackenzie Crook. Andy is currently filming the red-hot feature HIS HOUSE directed by Remi Weekes and starring Sope Dirisu, Wunmi Mosaku and Matt Smith.