Andy Hamilton

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Andy Hamilton
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Hamilton in 2007.
Birth name Andrew Neil Hamilton
Born (1954-05-28) 28 May 1954 (age 67)
Fulham, London
Medium Radio, television
Nationality British
Years active 1972-
Genres Political satire
Subject(s) Politics
Spouse Libby Asher
Notable works and roles Old Harry's Game

Andrew Neil "Andy" Hamilton (born 28 May 1954) is a British comedian, game show panellist, television director, comedy screenwriter, radio dramatist, and novelist.[1]

Early life and education

Hamilton was born in Fulham, southwest London. He was educated at Westminster City School which was then a voluntary aided grammar school[2] 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.[3]

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 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.

Personal life

Hamilton is 5 feet 3 inches (1.60 m) tall.[4] He has no thumb on his right hand.[5][6]

He is married to Libby Asher and lives in Wimbledon, south London. The couple have three children, Pip, Robbie and Isobel.[6]


Hamilton has written for:






  1. "Andy Hamilton". BBC. Archived from the original on 7 October 2008. Retrieved 15 September 2008. Unknown parameter |deadurl= ignored (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Westminster City School - A Brief History Retrieved 2015-04-21
  3. Have I Got News for You - Series 44 - Episode 10 (BBC), 21 December 2012
  4. Andy Hamilton trivia at the Internet Movie Database
  5. Drop the Dead Donkey Series 1 DVD
  6. 6.0 6.1 Wark, Penny (13 July 2005). "I was made to feel quite special". The Times (paywall restrictions apply). London.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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