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13 April 1966 |
Leicester, Leicestershire, England, UK
|Education||Guildhall School of Music and Drama|
|Spouse(s)||Sophie Abbott |
|Children||Preston and Macy |
Andy Nyman (born 13 April 1966) is an English actor and magician.
Life and career
Nyman was born in Leicester, Leicestershire. Andy Nyman learnt the golden rules of acting the hard way, through twenty-five years of working in theatre, film and television. Nyman is also a well respected magician and mentalist. In addition to acting and magic, Nyman still finds to time to write, direct, and do voiceovers. His first noteworthy performance was in 2000 as Keith Whitehead in "Dead Babies" which is an adaptation of the 1975 Martin Amis novel. Nyman felt that he had "achieved what he always wanted to achieve...by playing the lead in a film." He knew from that point on that he wanted to continue working in film. He worked with Jon Voight, David Schwimmer and Leelee Sobieski in Jon Avnet's 2001 Emmy award winning film Uprising (NBC) as a Polish freedom fighter. His next film role was in the 2003 film Coney Island Baby as a gay French gun dealer. Nyman continued to work in television between film roles. 2006 saw the release of the Severance, "Wild Romance" and "Are You Ready for Love?".  In 2008, Nyman appeared as Patrick, a sleazy reality show producer in Charlie Brooker's E4 horror satire "Dead Set," during a fictional series of Big Brother, a zombie outbreak occurs, but the house-mates are unaware of the impending doom outside of the Big Brother House.  In 2007, Nyman appeared as one of the leads in the Frank Oz film "Death at a Funeral," starring opposite Matthew Macfadyen, Ewen Bremmer and Keely Hawes. He portrays Macfadyen's character "Daniel’s best friend, Howard (the scene-stealing fussbudget Andy Nyman), a germophobe assigned to accompany Daniel’s cantankerous, wheelchair-using Uncle Alfie (Peter Vaughan), who is therefore guaranteed to wind up on the receiving end of the nastiest of Mr. Oz’s six sensational gags."  Nyman says that "Death at a Funeral" is the most favorite production he has worked on, particularly working with Frank Oz. Nyman says, " Working with Frank Oz was amazing. People who are truly legends - it’s great just getting to meet them, let alone become a friend and a colleague and someone you work with and collaborate with. I’m never ever blasé about any of that stuff. How lucky I am to do that?"  In December 2008 he appeared in BBC Four's supernatural drama series Crooked House. His next recurring role would be as Jonty de Wolf, in Channel 4's semi-improvised show Campus. Nyman remained busy with television and film projects as well providing voice talent for Chuggington Episode List and Holliston (TV series). In 2013, Nyman appeared in Kick Ass 2: Balls To The Wall, as "The Tumor." He continued doing voice over work for the series Sarah and Duck and "Chugginton". Nyman took a more serious turn, playing a young Winston Churchill, in the Netflix Original Programing drama Peaky Blinders (TV series). 2014 has seen Nyman take to the stage in Stephen Sondheim's controversial musical "Assassins." He also stars in the 2014 film "Automata" with Antonio Banderas and Dylan McDermott. Nyman's fans can look forward to the 2015 release of the film "Bone in Throat." Set in the glamorous world of the London restaurant scene Andy stars as 'Ronnie 'the Rug' in this thriller which boasts a stellar British cast featuring Ed Westwick, Tom Wilkinson, Vanessa Kirby, Rupert Graves & John Hannah.
As an accomplished magician and mentalist, Nyman has frequently collaborated with magician Derren Brown. He is the co-creator and co-writer of theTV shows Derren Brown – Mind Control and Trick of the Mind. He and Brown wrote Russian Roulette, Séance, and Messiah, as well as three series of Trick of the Mind. He also co-wrote and co-directed four of Brown's stage shows, all of which have toured and played the West End. For Something Wicked This Way Comes they were awarded the 2006 Olivier Award for Best Entertainment. Their fourth show Enigma was also nominated for Olivier Award 2010. Nyman shares some of his magic "know-how" in the DVD, Insane. 2015 will also be a busy year for Nyman and Brown. Their latest collaboration is entitled "Miracle" and is set to open in March 2015 in England.
Another side project of Nyman's is the successful theatrical experience Ghost Stories. The show has proved a phenomenon since it opened at the Liverpool playhouse on February 4th 2010. From there it moved to the Lyric theatre Hammersmith before transferring to the Duke of Yorks theatre in the West End, opening on June 25th 2010. Since then it has played in Moscow, Toronto, thrilling over 300,000 audience members who have all jumped, laughed & screamed like never before in a theatre. The show was also awarded a remarkable accolade when it was nominated for 2 Olivier Awards in 2011, Best Sound & Best Entertainment. The totally unique West End show comes from the truly talented and dark minds of Andy & The League of Gentlemen's master of the macabre, Jeremy Dyson. Jeremy & Andy, best friends for 30 years, co-wrote the show and co-directed it along with Sean Holmes.Ghost Stories received rave reviews and has developed a cult following among horror fans, theatre goers and the general public alike. A heart-pounding theatrical experience, Ghost Stories has left even the most hardened of viewers gasping for breath and reaching for their coats to hide behind.  The stage play Ghost Stories finished after 1000 Shows in the Duke of York's Theatre, on 15 March 2015.
Nyman won the award for best actor at the 2006 Cherbourg-Octeville Festival of Irish & British Film for his role as Colin Frampton in Shut Up and Shoot Me. He was nominated for the Lew Grade Award at the 2007 BAFTA Awards for his work on Derren Brown: The Heist. He shared the nomination with fellow collaborators Derren Brown, Simon Mills and Ben Caron.
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Television work includes:
- Uprising as Calel Wasser (2001) (TV film)
- Dead Set as Patrick (2008)
- Crooked House as Nicholas Duncalfe (2008)
- Campus as Jonty de Wolfe (2009–2011)
- Olly the Little White Van as Jethro, Royston, Mick, Bertie and other voices
- Stargazing Live as Himself (2012)
- Sarah & Duck as Bag and other voices (2013)
- Peaky Blinders as Winston Churchill (2013)
Film work includes:
- Dead Babies as Keith (2000)
- Coney Island Baby as Franko (2003)
- Severance as Gordon (2006)
- Wild Romance as Leo Leitner (2006)
- Played as Danny (2005)
- Are You Ready for Love? as Barry Schneider (2007)
- Death at a Funeral as Howard (2007)
- The Tournament as Tech Eddie (2009)
- Black Death as Dalywag (2010)
- Kick-Ass 2 as The Tumor (2013)
- Autómata (2014)
- 2006 - Olivier Award, Best Entertainment "Something Wicked This Way Comes"
- 2006 - Cherbourg-Octeville Festival of Irish and British Film - Best Actor - Shut Up and Shoot Me
- 2008 - Member of the Inner Magic Circle
- "Andy Nyman on IMDb". IMDb. Retrieved 18 September 2011.
- "Actor". Andy Nyman. Retrieved 2014-08-26.
- UK Smash Hit Ghost Stories to Close After 1,000th Performance
- "Celebrities' open letter to Scotland – full text and list of signatories | Politics". theguardian.com. 2014-08-07. Retrieved 2014-08-26.
- Official website
- Andy Nyman at the Internet Movie Database
- Liberation Frequency interview and feature
- 20 Questions With Andy Nyman
- Ghost Stories Review