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Andy Hamilton

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Andy Hamilton
Hamilton, 2007
Birth nameAndrew Neil Hamilton
Born (1954-05-28) 28 May 1954 (age 70)
London, England
MediumRadio, television
EducationDowning College, Cambridge (BA)
Years active1972–present
GenresPolitical satire
Libby Asher
(m. 1988)
Notable works and rolesOld Harry's Game

Andrew Neil Hamilton (born 28 May 1954) is a British comedian, game show panellist, television director, comedy screenwriter, radio dramatist, novelist and actor.

Early life and education[edit]

Hamilton was born in Fulham, southwest London. He was educated at Westminster City School which was then a voluntary aided grammar school[1] and later read English at Downing College, Cambridge, where he was a member of the Cambridge University Light Entertainment Society (CULES).


Hamilton first came to notice while performing at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in the 1970s. In the mid-1970s he sustained himself by taking jobs at Harrods and the Post Office before joining the BBC in 1976.[2]

His early radio work, mostly on BBC Radio 4 included Week Ending, The News Huddlines and The Million Pound Radio Show (with Nick Revell). He has since appeared regularly in Chelmsford 123, Have I Got News for You, The News Quiz, QI, and If I Ruled the World. Hamilton is frequently invited as a panellist on The News Quiz and as a guest panellist on I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue.

He is the voice of Dr Elephant, the dentist in the children's show Peppa Pig. He was also the original voice of Bob Fish, who is also a dentist, in the cartoon Bob and Margaret. Hamilton is also the voice of Captain Squid, the pirate in the children's show Ben & Holly's Little Kingdom.

On 16 March 2007, he co-presented BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour programme alongside usual presenter Martha Kearney as part of that day's Comic Relief fundraising activities, after defeating Richard Hammond and Kelvin MacKenzie in a poll.

Since 1995, Hamilton has written and played the lead role of Satan in the Radio 4 sitcom Old Harry's Game. He toured with his UK stand-up show Hat of Doom in 2008.

In 2009, Hamilton presented the BBC Four series It's Only a Theory with Reginald D. Hunter.

BBC Radio 4 broadcast two, four-part series, Andy Hamilton Sort of Remembers, in 2017 and 2018. Series 1 comprised the topics of childhood, politics, the human body, and animals, based on his own personal experiences of them.[3]

Personal life[edit]

He has no thumb on his right hand. He joked that it was amputated when he was five "by a surgeon who felt that symmetry was over-rated" to the audience of Andy Hamilton Sort of Remembers on Radio 4 in October 2017.[4][5]

He married Libby Asher in 1988, and they have three children.[citation needed]

He is a supporter of Chelsea Football Club.


Hamilton has written for:





  • The Thatcher Papers (New English Library, 1980) (with Alistair Beaton)
  • Andy Hamilton (1994), Drop the Dead Donkey 2000, London: Little, Brown, ISBN 0316912360, OL 22627103M, 0316912360
  • "The Star Witness" ([Unbound Publishers], ISBN 1-78352-298-4, 2016), "Like its author, this book is funny, poignant and too short" - Jack Dee


  1. ^ Westminster City School – A Brief History Archived 28 October 2012 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved 21 April 2015
  2. ^ Have I Got News for You – Series 44 – Episode 10 (BBC), 21 December 2012
  3. ^ Presenter and writer: Andy Hamilton (18 October 2017). "Andy Hamilton Sort of Remembers". Andy Hamilton Sort of Remembers. BBC. BBC Radio 4. Retrieved 18 October 2017.
  4. ^ Drop the Dead Donkey Series 1 DVD
  5. ^ Wark, Penny (13 July 2005). "I was made to feel quite special". The Times (paywall restrictions apply). London.

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