Andrew Buchan

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Andrew Buchan
Born (1979-02-19) 19 February 1979 (age 42)
Stockport, England
Alma materSt Cuthbert's Society, Durham
Years active2005–present
Spouse(s)Amy Nuttall (2012–present)

Andrew Buchan (born 19 February 1979) is an English stage and television actor known for his roles as Mark Latimer in the ITV drama Broadchurch (2013–17), as Scott Foster in the BBC political drama Party Animals (2007), as John Mercer in ITV drama series The Fixer (2008–09), and as William Garrow in BBC period drama Garrow's Law (2009–11).

Early life[edit]

Buchan was born in Stockport and brought up in the suburb of Lostock in Bolton.[1] He attended the nearby Rivington and Blackrod High School where he was head boy during sixth form years in Horwich.[1]

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,[1] and as a labourer for several months in Italy.

In 2001, he graduated from St Cuthbert's Society, Durham University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Modern Languages. Following that he attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA).[1]


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.[2]

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 alongside Matt Smith 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 2009, he appeared as Fishwick in the John Lennon biopic Nowhere Boy acting opposite Kristin Scott Thomas, and directed by Sam Taylor-Wood.

In the BBC's Garrow's Law, he starred in the leading role as William Garrow. Series 1 started on BBC One on 1 November 2009, and continued for two more series.[3]

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.[4] In 2010 he appeared as Joseph in the BBC's The Nativity.

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.[5] 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.[6] That same month his film, Having You, was premiered on Sky Movies.[7] 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.

2013 also saw the release of multi-award-winning independent film Still Life, in which Andrew took a cameo role alongside Eddie Marsan. Later the same year, Buchan produced and starred in film short, 1946,[8] based on the life of Hollywood actor, Jimmy Stewart. The film won the Award of Distinction at the 2014 Williamsburg Independent Film Festival.[9]

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 October 2014 he starred in ITV's The Great Fire, portraying Thomas Farriner, the baker from Pudding Lane.

In 2015 it was announced that Buchan was cast[10] as the lead role in TNT drama pilot Home alongside Bethany Joy Lenz. Unfortunately Home was not subsequently serialised and remains unaired.

On Christmas Day 2016 the lavish dramatisation of Jasper Fforde's fantasy novel The Last Dragonslayer premiered on Sky, featuring Buchan in the role of wizard, The Great Zambini.

Christmas Day 2017 saw the high-profile release of Ridley Scott's All the Money in the World -the story of the kidnap of John Paul Getty III, grandson of billionaire John Paul Getty. Andrew played John Paul Getty II, father of the kidnapped boy, son of JPG and husband to Gail Getty, played by Michelle Williams. Some of Andrew's scenes had been re-shot when Christopher Plummer replaced the disgraced Kevin Spacey as JPG just one month earlier.

In February 2018 Andrew was seen in a cameo part in James Marsh's The Mercy – a BBC film about ill-fated 1960s yachtsman Donald Crowhurst, featuring Colin Firth and Rachel Weisz in the lead roles. Later that same year, and wearing substantial prosthetic enhancements, he was seen as Henri Matisse in National Geographic's 2nd season series Genius: Picasso, playing alongside Antonio Banderas and Clémence Poésy. At Christmas 2018 he starred in Agatha Christie's The ABC Murders adapted by Sarah Phelps on BBC. He played Franklin Clarke, alongside John Malkovich as Hercule Poirot and Rupert Grint as Inspector Crome.

In 2019 Andrew featured in the third series of The Crown, as Andrew Parker-Bowles, a friend and a rival of royal family members. He continued playing the role in the fourth series that finished filming in March 2020. In addition Andrew appeared in two films: Intrigo: Samaria[11] alongside Phoebe Fox and Millie Brady and Baghdad in My Shadow[12] by Swiss/Iraqi filmmaker Samir alongside Zahraa Ghandour.

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,[13] and radio dramatisations of Therese Raquin[14] and The Great Gatsby.[15] He has read prose and poetry on BBC Radio for Words and Music: Law and Order[16] and Ave Maria,[17] as well as featuring in on-line role-playing games, audio books,[18] advert voiceovers and narrating TV documentaries and reality-competition shows, such as Britain's Best Home Cook.

Personal life[edit]

Buchan married his long-term girlfriend, actress Amy Nuttall, on 8 September 2012, not far from their respective childhood homes in Lancashire, England.[19] The couple had been together since 2007. In January 2015 Buchan revealed the couple were expecting their first child.[20]


Year Film Role Notes
2006 If I Had You Marcus TV film
Jane Eyre St. John Rivers TV mini-series (1 episode: "Episode No. 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: 2009–2012)
Nowhere Boy Fishwick
2010 Abroad Billy Marshall TV film
Coming Up Ben TV series (1 episode: "Eclipse")
The Nativity Joseph TV series (4 episodes)
The Sinking of the Laconia Mortimer TV mini-series
2011 Whitelands Connor short
2013-2017 Broadchurch Mark Latimer 3 series
2013 Having You Jack
2014 The Honourable Woman Ephra TV series (7 episodes)
1946 Jimmy Stewart short
The Great Fire Thomas Farriner TV series (4 episodes)
2016 Home Joe TV movie
The Last Dragonslayer Zambini TV movie
2018 The Mercy Ian Milburn
Genius Henri Matisse TV series (3 episodes)
The ABC Murders Franklin Clarke TV miniseries (3 episodes)
2019-2020 The Crown Andrew Parker Bowles Series 3-4
2020 Alex Rider Ian Rider TV series
2020 The Spanish Princess Thomas More Series 2
2020 Industry Felim Bichan TV series (2 episodes)


  1. ^ a b c d Minard, Jennifer (9 October 2006). "A classic role for TV star Andrew". The Bolton News. Retrieved 29 July 2016.
  2. ^ Donmar (2011). "Richard II". Donmar Warehouse. Archived from the original on 17 August 2016. Retrieved 29 July 2016.
  3. ^ BBC One. "Garrow's Law: Tales from the Old Bailey". BBC. Retrieved 31 October 2009.
  4. ^ McLaren, Leah. "Abroad | TV Movie". Leah McLaren. Retrieved 16 March 2010.
  5. ^ "Andrew Buchan for Broadchurch - Supporting Actor Dagger, 2013". Crime Thriller Awards. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 29 July 2016.
  6. ^ "Attendees announced for the Arqiva British Academy Television Awards". BAFTA – TV. Retrieved 29 July 2016.
  7. ^ "Having You". Sky Movies. Retrieved 29 July 2016.
  8. ^ 1946 (2014 film) at IMDb
  9. ^ Bloch, Peter (1 December 2014). "Willamsburg Film Festival Archive". Archived from the original on 16 May 2018. Retrieved 12 January 2017.
  10. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (16 September 2015). "Andrew Buchan & JoBeth Williams Cast in Jerry Bruckheimer's TNT Pilot 'Home'".
  11. ^ "Intrigo: Samaria (2019) - IMDb".
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  13. ^ BBC Radio 4 Extra. "Dickens Confidential". BBC. Retrieved 29 July 2016.
  14. ^ BBC Radio 4 Extra. "Therese Raquin". BBC. Retrieved 29 July 2016.
  15. ^ BBC Radio 4 Extra. "F Scott Fitzgerald - The Great Gatsby". BBC. Retrieved 29 July 2016.
  16. ^ BBC Radio Three. "Law and Order". BBC. Retrieved 29 July 2016.
  17. ^ BBC Radio Three. "Ave Maria". BBC. Retrieved 29 July 2016.
  18. ^ "Julius Caesar". Naxos AudioBooks. June 2016. Retrieved 29 July 2016.
  19. ^ Nuttall, Amy (9 September 2012). "Is now legally and finally and more important HAPPILY... MRS Amy BUCHAN!!!". Twitter. Retrieved 29 July 2016.
  20. ^ Wilson, Benji (4 January 2015). "The perils of being Mr Nice". The Sunday Times. London. Retrieved 29 July 2016.

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