Andrew studied dramatic arts at college in the 80’s and went directly from there to playing ‘Brad’ in the 1986 national tour of ‘The Rocky Horror Show’ around New Zealand. Cast members of that tour included former New Zealand Prime Minister Sir Robert Muldoon and a young Russel Crowe. Andrew toured Rocky Horror again in 1988 in the national tour of Australia and performed at the World Expo in Brisbane on the River Stage to an estimated audience of over 15,000 people.
Returning home at the beginning of the 90’s he was cast in his first film role as the epileptic/alcoholic Bruddie Frame, brother to Janet Frame, in Jane Campion’s award winning ‘An Angel At My Table’. After this he won the role of local joker and athlete ‘Joe Dyer’ in Ian Mune’s feature film of Bruce Mason’s play ‘The End of the Golden Weather’.
In 1990 he performed in his first television production recurring as the affable and kind Constable Carmody in ‘The New Adventures of Black Beauty’. This was an international co-production between the U.K., New Zealand, Germany and Australia; with an international cast, seen the world over.
Following episodic television drama. he was core cast in New Zealand’s first five night a week serial ‘Shortland Street’ as the sensitive new age guy Steve Mills. He played this role for two years until 1994.
After leaving television he immediately returned to theatre. In the mid-nineties he appeared in Shakespeare’s ‘Titus Andronicus’ as Prince Bassianus and the political Amelius (a composite role); in Middleton and Rowley’s ‘The Changeling’, as the Changeling; and as Charles J.Guiteau in Stephen Sondheim’s ‘Assassins’. These were all performed in the classic Watershed Theatre in Auckland.
In 1995 he reprised his role as Brad in the New Rocky Horror Show around New Zealand, and then a touring version of The Phantom of the Opera, as Raoul, around Australia.
In 1997 he won the New Zealand Film and TV Awards for Best Supporting Actor for his role as the conflicted Geoff in Harry Sinclair’s film about disenfranchised twenty-somethings in Auckland: ‘Topless Women Talk About Their Lives’.
He then moved to Wellington to play the villainous core character Lord Xax in the television series ‘The Legend of William Tell’.
In 2000 he played duplicitous detective Jack Clifford,in ‘Street Legal’, a character arc that required him to drop fifteen kilograms in ninety days.
In the early 2000’s he portrayed journalist Stephen Weeks, to Christopher Maloni’s Mark Fuhrman, in the televison movie ‘Murder in Greenwich’. This production also featured Robert Forster. And the television movie ‘Lucy’ where he portrayed multiple Primetime Emmy Award nominated writer Bob Carroll Jr.
Mid 2000’s saw Andrew in the gonzo spoof comedy ‘Secret Agent Men’ as the recurring slightly deranged non-specifically eastern European master-spy Casper Gecko. In the BBC production of Robert Louis Stevenson’s ‘Kidnapped’ he played Mr. Riach. He began doing voice work for Power Rangers and in 2008 played the dark general Ransynn Fane in the ‘Legend of the Seeker’.
He then took a four year educational hiatus and returned to Auckland university and a local trade school to study Geology, Horticulture and Business.
He returned to the screen in 2012 to portray Mike Burne, a recipient of the New Zealand Bravery Star for his actions during a a deadly siege in Napier, New Zealand, in the television movie ‘Siege’. The next year he acted in Oscar Kightley’s television series ‘Harry’ where Andrew played Axle, the Sergeant-in-Arms of a vicious motorcycle gang.
In 2015, he worked with film director and musician John Maclean on his Sundance Grand Jury Prize winning film ‘Slow West’, along with Michael Fassbender, Ben Mendlesohn and Kodie Smit-McPhee, as the stoic German anthropologist Werner.
In 2016 he appeared as New York Mafia boss Frankie Yale in AMC’s ‘The Making of the Mob: Chicago’. As Senator James R. Thompson in Amazon Studios ‘American Playboy: The Hugh Hefner Story’. And in 2017 the acquitted Bruce Beauchamp in ‘James Patterson’s: Murder is Forever’.
2018, saw Andrew as soldier and eventual 9th President of the United States William Henry Harrison, in Leonardo Di Caprio’s ‘The Men Who Built America: Frontiersmen’ for the History Channel, directed by John Ealer.
|Born||Andrew Bryan Binns
9 March 1969
|Occupation||Television and Film actor|
|Height||6 ft 2 in (188 cm)|
His earlier work was credited as Andrew Binns .
- Awards: New Zealand Film and Television Awards Best Supporting Actor for Topless Women Talk About Their Lives.
- Slow West (2015) .... Werner
- Field Punishment No. 1 (2014) (TV) .... CMO
- Pirates of the Airwaves (2014) (TV) .... William Cullen
- Siege (2012) (TV) .... Mike Burne
- Kidnapped (2005) (TV) .... Mr. Riach
- Ike: Countdown to D-Day (2004) (TV) .... 101st Airborne Lieutenant (as Andrew Robertt)
- Deceit (2004) (TV) .... Ken Spradling (as Andrew Mitchell)
- Lucy (2003) (TV) .... Bob Carroll Jr. (as Andrew Mitchell)
- You Wish! (2003) (TV) .... Stage Manager (as Andrew Binns)
- Murder in Greenwich (2002) (TV) .... Stephen Weeks (as Andrew Binns)
- Blood Crime (2002) (TV) .... Deputy David Forrest (as Andrew Binns)
- Lawless: Dead Evidence (2000) (TV) .... Graham Newby (as Andrew Binns)
- Topless Women Talk About Their Lives (1997) .... Geoff (as Andrew Binns)
- The End of the Golden Weather (1991) .... Joe Dyer (as Andrew Binns)
- An Angel at My Table (1990) .... Bruddie (as Andrew Binns)
- Ruby and Rata (1990) .... Salesman (as Andrew Binns)
- American Playboy: The Hugh Hefner Story (2017) .... James R. Thompson
- Making of the Mob: Chicago (2016) .... Frankie Yale
- Harry (2013) .... Axle
- Legend of the Seeker (2008) .... Ranssyn Fane
- Amazing Extraordinary Friends (2006) .... The Wraith
- Orange Roughies (2006) .... Leo Sullivan
- Secret Agent Men (2003) .... Casper Gecko (2003–2004) (as Andrew Robertt)
- Mataku episode "The Rocks" (2002) .... Frank
- Street Legal (2000) .... Det. Sr. Sgt. Jack Clifford (as Andrew Binns)
- Dark Knight (2000) .... Brack (as Andrew Binns)
- Duggan episode "Moving House" (1999) .... Peter Bergson (as Andrew Binns)
- The Legend of William Tell (1998) .... Xax (as Andrew Binns)
- Xena: Warrior Princess episode "Is There a Doctor in the House?" (1996) .... Hippocrates (as Andrew Binns)
- High Tide episode "The Runaways" (1995).... Danny Crenshaw
- Shortland Street (1992) .... Nurse Steve Mills (1992–1994) (as Andrew Binns)
- The New Adventures of Black Beauty (1990) .... Constable Carmody (as Andrew Binns)
- Betty's Bunch (1990) (as Andrew Binns)
- Power Rangers Mystic Force (2006) (voice) .... Morticon
- Power Rangers SPD episode "Beginnings: Part 1" (2005) (voice) .... Alien
- Power Rangers Dino Thunder episode "Golden Boy" (2004) (voice) .... Dysotron
- Hunkin, Joanna (24 May 2017). "Shorty cast of 1992: Where are they now?". Spy News. NZ Herald.
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