Andrea Gibb is a Scottish screenwriter and actress.
Early life and education
Andrea Gibb was born in Greenock, Scotland. She studied drama and sociology at Glasgow University and then did a post-graduate teaching degree at Manchester Polytechnic before going on to do an acting course at the Drama Studio London.
She acted regularly in theatre and television before she started writing. Her most high-profile role was as Deirdre, Calum Buchanan's girlfriend in All Creatures Great and Small. "When I was doing All Creatures, I had absolutely no desire, no intention, no belief that I could write," recalled Gibb in 2016. "It never occurred to me, and it was never something I imagined myself doing in the future. My writing career just happened, almost accidentally, and now I don't act very much at all. Occasionally I'll do the odd short film for a friend. I did a theatre job about three years ago that I absolutely loved. I miss actors and I miss that sense of camaraderie. You become a family." "I had just moved from London up to Liverpool because my partner at the time was made the associate director of the Everyman Theatre, so I moved with him. I was doing a fair bit of acting in the North West around Liverpool, including at the Everyman, but I still had a London agent, so I was going down for auditions all the time. She rang me and asked if I'd be interested in going up for All Creatures Great and Small because they were looking for a Scottish character. At first I thought it was to play a vet and I was really excited, then I read the script and, of course, it transpired that Deirdre worked at the Ministry of Agriculture."
She was shortlisted for The Dennis Potter Award with her screenplay Lucky Bag and then went on to win a Mental Health Media Award for the film Golden Wedding, which she wrote for BBC Scotland. She then wrote the screenplays for Dear Frankie and AfterLife. Both these films were shot in her home town of Greenock at exactly the same time. She has a small cameo role in Dear Frankie. Gibb was nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Newcomer and the BAFTA Scotland award for best Screenwriter. She was nominated for a Scotland on Sunday/Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland Award and won the Scottish Screen Bowmore filmmaker of the year award in 2005. She also won the Women in Film and Television Script award for her work on these two films.
Gibb is currently in development with several projects including high-profile adaptations of Swallows and Amazons for BBC Films, Vikram Seth's An Equal Music for Cuba Pictures, Rose Tremain's The Road Home for BBC 2 and Andrea Gillies's Keeper for BBC1.
Gibb lived in her native Scotland until she was seven, at which point her family moved to Nigeria, where her father was working.
Gibb married composer Paddy Cunneen in 1987, just after the second run of All Creatures Great and Small had started, and gave birth towards the end of the series. "By then I'd been contracted to come back for series six, and getting pregnant was a complete shock. My baby was due a month before my start date to be back at work. My baby was very late, and in the end I had to have him induced. I was literally back on set for this series when he was just ten days old."
- All Memories Great & Small, Oliver Crocker (2016; MIWK)
- "I can't watch my big movie since mum died; EXCLUSIVE WRITER'S HEARTACHE AFTER CANCER TRAGEDY. - Free Online Library". Scottish Daily Record & Sunday. Retrieved 10 December 2019.