Host of BBC One’s The Andrew Marr Show, Andrew Marr explores life in politics, media and the world today. He moved to the programme in 2005 after a five-year stint as Political Editor at BBC News. An accomplished after dinner speaker, keynote speaker and conference facilitator, Andrew weaves current affairs with entertaining commentary to entertain and educate all manner of audiences.
A seasoned political commentator, newspaper columnist and entertaining TV personality, Andrew Marr presents BBC1’s The Andrew Marr Show.
An excellent after dinner speaker, keynote speaker and conference facilitator, Andrew began hosting his namesake programme in 2005 following a five-year stint as Political Editor at BBC News. He also presented the BBC’s Radio 4 programme, Start the Week, from 2002 to 2013.
Born in Glasgow, Scotland, Andrew gained a BA in English from Trinity Hall, Cambridge and embarked on a career in newspaper journalism.
Starting out as a trainee business reporter at The Scotsman in 1981, he became parliamentary correspondent in 1984 and political correspondent two years later.
He then went to work for two years at the Independent before returning to the Scotsman as political editor in 1986 and moving The Economist in 1988.
In 1992, he went back to the Independent as its chief political commentator and, four years later, its editor.
After bouncing back as a newspaper columnist for The Express and The Observer, Andrew was appointed the BBC's political editor in 2000, where he pulled off a number of scoops.
He has written and presented numerous series for the BBC including Andrew Marr's History of Modern Britain, Britain from Above, Darwin's Dangerous Idea, Andrew Marr's The Making of Modern Britain, Megacities and Andrew Marr's History of The World.
He has also had a number of books published including: The Battle For Scotland (1992); Ruling Britannia (1996); The Day Britain Died (2000); My Trade (2004); A History Of Modern Britain (2007); A History of Modern Britain: Part 2 (2009); The Diamond Queen: Elizabeth II and Her People (2011); and A History of the World (2012).
Andrew has received more than a dozen major awards for writing and broadcasting - including from BAFTA, the Royal Television Society and the Broadcasting Press Guild, which awarded two prizes for the Andrew Marr Show and Andrew Marr's History of Modern Britain.
He was named Columnist of the Year in the What The Papers Say awards, Columnist of the Year in the British Press Awards and Journalist of the Year in the Creative Freedom Awards. He also received the Journalist Award in the Channel 4 Political Awards and was named as the best individual contributor on television at the Voice of The Listener And Viewer's Annual awards.
Andrew lists his hobbies as reading (he has been the chair of judges for the Samuel Johnson Prize), painting, cooking and remembering his children’s names.