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Dean Andrews (born 1963 in Rotherhammarker) is a Britishmarker actor.

He is most famous for his role as DS Ray Carling in the BBC Television drama, Life on Mars in 2006 and 2007. He continues the role in the show's 2008 spin-off series Ashes to Ashes.

Early life

Born in 1963 in Rotherhammarker, South Yorkshiremarker, Andrews went to Sitwell Junior school on Grange Road and Oakwood Comprehensive School (now called Oakwood Technology Collegemarker) on Moorgate Road. He went to school with Top Gear presenter James May . His parents were publicans and he lived at The Masons Arms pub on Wellgate and the Green Dragon in Kimberworthmarker. He belonged to the local Phoenix Amateur Operatic Society and appeared in several productions with Phoenix Players. He began work at Kirkby Central, a Vauxhall car dealership, in Wellgate, then began singing at holiday resorts such as Skegnessmarker, and on cruise ships over twenty years. His entry into acting came when successfully auditioning for the 2002 film, The Navigators, which was set in Sheffieldmarker.

TV career

In 2005, Andrews played the character of Steven Maynard in the ITV drama Wire in the Blood. In 2007, he appeared in the BBC dramas True Dare Kiss and The Street. In 2006, he appeared in yet another BBC drama, Life On Mars, as the character DS Ray Carling. In 2008, he returned to play the character in the spin-off series Ashes to Ashes.Andrews also had a small role in the Channel 4 series No Angels playing Neil.

He has also recorded voice-overs for Currys television advertisements.

Personal life

He lives in Upper Hoylandmarker with his wife, Denise, has two daughters (born c.1985 and c.1991). Andrew is also a passionate supporter of his local football team, Rotherham United. He also enjoys watching rugby league.


  1. Q&A with Dean Andrews feature - 2008 - Features - Top Gear
  2. Dean Andrews official blog, November 2, 2008

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