Andrew Gower (actor)

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Andrew Gower
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Andrew Gower at the Las Vegas Outlander convention on 14 July 2018
Born (1989-11-08) 8 November 1989 (age 28)
Aintree, Merseyside, England
Occupation Actor
Years active 2010–present

Andrew Gower (born 8 November 1989) is an English actor. A staple in British television and theatre, he is best known for his recurring role in Being Human and his turn as Prince Charles Stuart in Outlander. Gower won the Spotlight Prize for Best Actor in 2010.

Life and career[edit]

Gower was born in Aintree, Merseyside, near Liverpool in North West England. His early schooling included Davenhill Primary School in Aintree and Great Sankey High School in Cheshire.[1] It was during Year Nine of his studies that Gower began acting, appearing in school plays and musical productions. He enrolled in Barrow Hall College, Great Sankey High School's sixth form college, in 2007, while studying for his A levels, he joined a local amateur drama group.[2] Gower, an Oxford School of Drama graduate, was awarded the prestigious Spotlight Prize for Best Actor in July 2010.[3]

In March 2011 Gower made his debut in British television on the ITV's medical drama Monroe, in the role of Dr Andrew Mullery, a heart surgeon in training.[4] To research the role, Gower watched two coronary artery bypass surgeries while standing next to actual surgeons.[1] Gower appeared in both series, reprising his role as the newly promoted General Registrar, under Head of Clinical Services Alistair Gillespie (Neil Pearson), in the second series.[5]

That same year, Gower appeared in the television broadcast of the musical Frankenstein's Wedding... Live in Leeds, a modern adaptation of Mary Shelley's gothic novel Frankenstein.[6] Instead of being pre-recorded as a traditional television musical, it was broadcast live, with an audience of 12,000 in attendance at Kirkstall Abbey, on BBC Three.[7]

In 2012, Gower joined the cast of BBC Three's Being Human, as vampire solicitor Nick Cutler, in series 4 of the hit television series.[8] Filming for the series began in Barry, Wales in late July 2011 and was broadcast in 2012.[9] Gower was the recipient of critical praise for his work on the series.[10][11] This year also saw a guest role in series 4 of E4's science-fiction comedy Misfits and a run as Seiffert in Manfred Karge's surreal play The Conquest of the South Pole at the Arcola Theatre.[12][13] In his first radio performance, Gower played Lupin in the BBC Radio 4's comedy Diary of a Nobody, adapted by Andrew Lynch from George and Weedon Grossmith's Victorian novel. [14]

Gower returned to episodic television in 2013. He appeared as Sherlock Holmes in series 6 of CBC's Victorian drama Murdoch Mysteries and would later reprise his role in series 7. [15][16] After a cameo in Showtime's The Borgias, Gower appeared as Lord Strange in several episodes of the BBC's mini-series The White Queen.[17]

In 2014 Gower was featured in Jon Stewart's film directorial debut, Rosewater, as Jimmy the Avid Editor.[18] That same year, he appeared in series 2 of the BBC's drama The Village as Gilbert Hankin and in series 2 of ITV's crime drama Endeavour as Nicholas Myers.[19][20]

The next year (2015) Gower was cast in the role of Caligula in NBC's drama A.D. The Bible Continues [21] and he played Mark, an ambitious young banker, in the Emmy awarded[22] three-part BBC series Capital, based on John Lanchester's novel of the same name later that year.[23]

In 2016, Gower made his West End debut[24] as Winston Smith in a theatrical adaptation of George Orwell's 1984, a dystopian look at life in the future, at the Playhouse Theatre in London. [25][26] He also appeared as Prince Charles Stuart in series 2 and 3 of the Starz historical dramatic series Outlander, based upon Diana Gabaldon's best-selling book series.[27]

Returning to the dystopian roots he explored in 1984, Gower played Rob in series four of the award winning Netflix drama Black Mirror.[28][29] The episode, entitled "Crocodile", was helmed by Australian director John Hillcoat and centres on the idea of a device that can access personal memories.[30] It was announced in December 2017 that Gower will portray Ezra Spurnrose, the young heir of a wealthy family, in Amazon's upcoming eight-episode fantasy-noir drama Carnival Row.[31] The series from executive producer Rene Echevarria is set to premier in January 2019.[32]

Another upcoming project for Andrew Gower is Running Naked, a full-feature length film written and directed by Victor Buhler. The film is also set to be released in 2019. [33]

Gower is currently working on his first documentary, an in-depth look at Merseybeat musician Tommy Quickly, with friend and fellow actor Stephen Walters.[34] The project was funded through Kickstarter, a widely used crowdfunding platform.

Music career[edit]

In June 2005 Andrew Gower formed the Manchester based rock band Emerson with his friend Michael Collins. Gower acted as the bands lead vocalist and Collins as keyboard and guitar player.[35] From the beginning the two of them wrote their own songs inspired by their favourite artists.[36] In 2006 Todd Ryan (drums) and Alasdair Ramsey (bass) joined the band. [35] They played gigs in North West England, several times at The Cavern Club (the Liverpool club where The Beatles were discovered).[1] When Gower left to attend the Oxford School of Drama the following year, he had to put his music career on hold, with every intention on getting the band back together at a later point. However, this never happened and Emerson eventually dissolved.[37] [38]

In 2015 Andrew Gower became involved in the music project The Gustaffsons who have recorded four of their songs (cover songs and original materials) and published them on SoundCloud.[39] He's also currently working on original songs for the documentary Humpty Dumpty together with Stephen Walters.[34]

Gower is a self-described "obsessed" Beatles fan.[1]

Filmography[edit]

Year(s) Title Role Network Notes
2011 Frankenstein's Wedding... Live in Leeds Victor Frankenstein BBC Three
2011-2012 Monroe Andrew Mullery ITV Series regular
2012 Being Human Cutler BBC Three 6 episodes
2012 Misfits Jake E4 Episode: "4.4"
2013 Murdoch Mysteries David Kingsley / Sherlock Holmes CBC 2 episodes
2013 The Borgias Assassin Showtime Episode: "The Face of Death"
2013 The White Queen Lord Strange BBC One 2 episodes
2013 Out of Darkness Male Mango Films short film
2014 Rosewater Jimmy Scott Rudin Productions
2014 The Village Gilbert Hankin BBC One Series regular (series 2)
2014 Endeavour Nicholas Myers ITV Episode: "Neverland"
2015 A.D. The Bible Continues Caligula NBC 3 episodes
2015 Black Work DC Jared Ansell ITV 2 episodes
2015 Capital Mark BBC One 2 episodes
2016 The Tall Tales of Urchin Mudlark Nickelodeon Animated Shorts Program voice
2016-2017 Outlander Prince Charles Stuart STARZ 10 episodes
2017 Blessed Are They That Fear the Lord James O'Harry short film
2017 Black Mirror Rob Netflix Episode: "Crocodile"
2018 Midsomer Murders Harry Ferabbee ITV Episode: "Send in the Clowns"
2019 Carnival Row Ezra Spurnrose Amazon Video Recurring role[31]
2019 Running Naked Ben Taylor

Radio[edit]

Year(s) Title Role Network
2018 Dark Visions: Speak Lucien BBC Radio 4
2012 Diary of a Nobody Lupin BBC Radio 4

Theatre[edit]

Year Title Role Director Theatre
2016 1984 Winston Smith Robert Icke & Duncan Macmillan Playhouse Theatre
2012 The Conquest of the South Pole Seiffert Stephen Unwin Arcola Theatre
2010 Terror Tales - You can do It & In for the Kill Charlie/Jamie Vicky Jones Hampstead Theatre
2010 First Time Voters Vicky Jones & Phoebe Waller-Bridge Bush Theatre
2010 After the Fall Dan George Peck Oxford School of Drama
2009 The Country Wife Sparkish David Straun Oxford School of Drama
2009 Mother in Law Pamphilus Steve Woodward Oxford School of Drama
2009 As You Like Adam Charlie Westenra
2008 Time and the Conways Gerald Thornton Steve Woodward Oxford School of Drama
2008 Enemies Sinstov Naomi Jones Oxford School of Drama

References[edit]

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