13 April 1966 |
Leicester, Leicestershire, England, UK
Andy Nyman (born 13 April 1966) is an English actor and magician.
Life and career
Nyman was born in Leicester, Leicestershire. He first came to note with his performance as a hard-nosed director in Musical! and then as Keith Whitehead in the film of the Martin Amis novel, Dead Babies. He has played lead roles in Jon Avnet's Emmy award winning film Uprising (NBC) as a Polish freedom fighter and in Coney Island Baby as a gay French gun dealer. In 2006, he played Gordon in Severance, and in 2008 appeared as Patrick, a sleazy reality show producer in Charlie Brooker's E4 horror satire Dead Set, and suffers the most violent death in the series, being decapitated and disembowelled.
Nyman had four films due for release over 2006–2007: London-based romantic comedy Are You Ready for Love?; a bio-pic of 1970s Dutch rock group Herman Brood, Wild Romance; and improvised gangster thriller Played where he stars opposite Vinnie Jones, Val Kilmer and Gabriel Byrne. The film was released by Lionsgate Entertainment in 2007. Nyman appeared as one of the leads in the latest Frank Oz film, Death at a Funeral. He stars opposite Matthew Macfadyen, Ewen Bremner and Keeley Hawes. The film was released by MGM in 2007.
Nyman is also a magician and the co-creator and co-writer of the Derren Brown TV 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 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.
In April 2011 he starred in a new British sitcom, Campus. Also in 2011, Nyman starred in a limited-release film, The Glass Man, alongside James Cosmo and Neve Campbell, written and directed by Cristian Solimeno.
Since February 2013 he has voiced several roles in the British animated children's series, Sarah & Duck.
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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)
- 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)
- Official website
- Andy Nyman at the Internet Movie Database
- Liberation Frequency interview and feature