University of Hertfordshire

Mr Andrew Parker

Andrew Parker

Mr Andrew Parker

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University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, Hertfordshire
United Kingdom


Andrew trained as an actor at Mountview Theatre School and spent the next decade working as an actor. As well as many theatre credits, his television work comprises appearances in a broad range of dramas, comedies and entertainment shows including PETS, The Brittas Empire, Silent Witness, Are You Being Serves Again, The Bill, Nelson's Column, Kiss Me Kate, Nuzzle and Scratch, The Hypnotic World of Paul McKenna, The Detectives, Shakespeare Retold, Mr Blobby, The Sitcom Trials and As Time Goes By with Judy Dench and Geoffrey Palmer. He also appeared in commercials for a wide range of advertisers including Toyota, Pizza Hut, Lombard Direct, The Sun, Penguin Biscuits, Mini, and Smarties,  At the same time, Andrew worked extensively for BBC Television Training (subsequently 'The Academy') at BBC Elstree.

Andrew also commenced a script writing career with credits including PETS, a 26-part, late night puppet sitcom for Channel 4 which he also produced, Scien-Triffic for theDiscovery Channel, The Russ Abbott Christmas ShowWeek Ending, Now What? for Lenny Henry and Six Pairs of Pants an early vehichle for Simon Pegg. For ITV network, Andrew was a programme associate for The Hypnotic World of Paul McKenna  and Paul McKenna's Hypnotic Superstars.

Andrew has also written a range of corporate promotions for advertising agencies and production companies, and in 2001 he won a prestigious 'Promax Gold' award for his work as an on-air promotions producer, creating trailers for television. Other work includes writing, producing and directing a large number of live cabaret shows with The Comedy Factory and Club De Cabaret. He is also the lyricist for comedy songs produced by The WC.

Since joining UH, Andrew has concentrated on developing the relationships between new film makers and professional actors in order to create successful on-screen performances. Recent wins at the Royal Television Student Award and membership of the highly-prestigious, oscar-qualifying CILECT group of global film and TV universities points to the power of collaboration with professional screen acting practitioners. 

Since 2015, Andrew has organised an annual study trip to the Cannes Film Festival in order to expose students to the buisness end of their chosen profession. Away from its glamorous, celebrity-led press calls, Cannes is - effectively - the world's largest sales conference for film.


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