19 February 1979 |
Stockport, Greater Manchester, England
Andrew Buchan (born 19 February 1979) is an English stage and television actor known for his roles as Scott Foster in the BBC political drama Party Animals (2007), as John Mercer in ITV drama series The Fixer (2008-9), and as William Garrow in BBC period drama Garrow's Law (2009-11).
During A-Levels, and long before his acting career, he worked for Granada Studios as a tour guide, using amusing, unconventional methods to keep tourists interested. He also worked as a barman at Manchester Airport, as a concierge at the De Vere Whites hotel in Reebok Stadium, and as a labourer for several months in Italy.
On the stage he has appeared as Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet at the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester (2005). In 2008, he appeared in Arthur Miller's "The Man Who Had All the Luck" at The Donmar. The play ran for six weeks in London, before going on a short UK tour. Andrew received the Manchester Evening News Theatre Award for Best Actor in a touring production. In 2011-12 he returned to The Donmar Warehouse to play Bolingbroke in Shakespeare's Richard II.
His career in television began in 2006 when he appeared as the vicar, St John Rivers, in the 2006 Jane Eyre and then as the regular character Scott Foster in the political drama Party Animals. In 2007, he appeared as Jem Hearne in the award winning Cranford, in a cast that included Judi Dench, Imelda Staunton and Eileen Atkins. Also in 2007, he appeared as the teacher 'Sean Knowles', with Richard Coyle and Indira Varma in ITV's The Whistleblowers. In 2008, he appeared in Season 4, Episode 1 of Bones as Dr. Ian Wexler.
In 2008 and 2009, he starred in the ITV1 drama The Fixer as the lead role John Mercer, a paid assassin targeting people who have escaped the law. The first season of The Fixer received a Royal Television Society award for Best Series.
In December 2009, he appeared again as the carpenter Jem Hearne in the BBC's two-part Cranford Christmas Special.
In 2010, Buchan appeared as journalist and love interest Billy Marshall in the made-for-TV movie Abroad, based in part on the true-life experiences of Toronto's Globe and Mail columnist and author, Leah McLaren. This movie was broadcast in Canada on CBC TV on 14 March 2010. On 6 and 7 January 2011 he appeared in a dramatisation of the Laconia incident on BBC Television.
In 2013, he starred in multi-award winning ITV drama, Broadchurch, as Mark Latimer, father of the murdered boy Danny Latimer. For this role he was awarded the best supporting actor "Dagger" at the Crime Thriller Awards 2013. The immediate ratings success of Broadchurch led to Andrew, with co-star Jodie Whittaker, being invited to present a TV BAFTA at the awards ceremony in May 2013. That same month his film, Having You, was premiered on Sky Movies. In this bittersweet comedy about commitment and responsibility, Buchan played the lead character Jack, alongside Romola Garai as his girlfriend and Anna Friel as a one-night-stand from his past. Later the same year, Buchan produced and starred in film short, 1946, based on the life of Hollywood actor, Jimmy Stewart.
In July 2014 Buchan starred alongside Academy Award nominee Maggie Gyllenhaal in Hugo Blick’s eagerly anticipated political thriller The Honourable Woman. This was broadcast on both BBC2 in the UK and the Sundance channel in the USA.
In addition to stage, television and film, Buchan has built up an extensive voice acting catalogue. He has appeared in BBC Radio drama, Dickens Confidential, and radio dramatisations of Therese Raquin and The Great Gatsby. He has read prose and poetry on BBC Radio for Words and Music: Law and Order and Ave Maria, as well as featuring in on-line role-playing games, audio books and advert voiceovers.
|2006||If I Had You||Marcus||TV movie|
|Jane Eyre||St. John Rivers||TV mini-series (1 episode: "Episode #1.4")|
|2007||Party Animals||Scott Foster||TV series (8 episodes)|
|The Deaths of Ian Stone||Ryan|
|Cranford||Jem Hearne||TV series (6 episodes: 2007-2009)|
|The Whistleblowers||Sean Knowles||TV series (1 episode: "No Child Left Behind")|
|2008||Bones||Dr. Ian Wexler||TV series (1 episode: "Yanks in the UK: Part 1 and 2")|
|The Fixer||John Mercer||TV series (12 episodes: 2008-2009)|
|2009||Garrow's Law||William Garrow||TV series (12 episodes: 2009-2011)|
|2010||Abroad||Billy Marshall||TV movie|
|Coming Up||Ben||TV series (1 episode: "Eclipse")|
|The Nativity||Joseph||TV series (4 episodes)|
|The Sinking of the Laconia||Mortimer||TV mini-series|
|2013||Broadchurch||Mark Latimer||TV series (8 episodes)|
|2014||The Honourable Woman||Ephra||TV series (8 episodes)|
|The Great Fire||Thomas Farriner||TV series (4 episodes)|
- 20 Questions With ... Andrew Buchan. WhatsOnStage. Retrieved 31 October 2009.
- A classic role for TV star Andrew. The Bolton News, published 9 October 2006.
- Garrow's Law: Tales from the Old Bailey. BBC. Retrieved 31 October 2009.
- Abroad | TV Movie. Leah McLaren's website. Retrieved 16 March 2010.