Andrew Marr is an authoritative, charismatic and witty speaker, a seasoned political commentator well known as an informed and entertaining TV personality, newspaper columnist, and TV presenter. A great after dinner speaker, keynote speaker, conference chair and facilitator.
Andrew Marr is the host of The Andrew Marr Show on BBC One, the politics and current affairs programme broadcast every Sunday morning since 2005. He moved to the programme after a five-year stint as Political Editor at BBC News. As political editor Marr helped revolutionise its coverage of Westminster, making politics interesting again to a whole new generation of viewers.
Andrew also presents BBC Radio 4’s Start The Week each Monday morning. He joined the programme in November 2002.
He wrote and presented Andrew Marr’s History Of Modern Britain (BBC Two), winning a string of awards including a Royal Television Society award for best historical programme.
He was born in Glasgow, Scotland and attended Dundee High School, Craigflower School in Fife, and Loretto School, Musselburgh. He then gained a BA in English from Trinity Hall, Cambridge.
Andrew joined The Scotsman as a trainee and junior/business reporter in 1981 and became parliamentary correspondent in 1984 and political correspondent in 1986. He worked for two years at The Independent, and then returned to The Scotsman as political editor in 1986. He moved to become political editor at The Economist from 1988 to 1992. He then returned to the Independent as chief political commentator in 1992 and was promoted to editor in 1996.
He became a columnist for The Express and The Observer in 1998 before being appointed as BBC political editor in May 2000.
Andrew has had ten books published which include: The Battle For Scotland (Penguin, 1992); Ruling Britannia (Penguin, 1996, 1998); The Day Britain Died (Profile, 2000); My Trade (Macmillan, 2004); A History Of Modern Britain (2007) and A History of Modern Britain part 2 (2009). Broadcasting includes series on contemporary thinkers for BBC Two and Radio 4, and political documentaries for Channel 4 and BBC One’s Panorama.
He has received more than a dozen major awards for writing and broadcasting – including from BAFTA, the Royal Television Society and most recently the Broadcasting Press Guild, which awarded two prizes for The Andrew Marr Show and Andrew Marr’s History Of Modern Britain. Not afraid to speak his mind – Marr’s History of Modern Britain was regularly watched by more than 3 million people on BBC2 and critics praised him for his ability to “effortlessly communicate his enthusiasm and hint at fundamental truths of the human condition”.
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