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UK actor back on stage

BY LUCY VICKERS
Last updated 05:00 15/09/2009
Andy Grainger
Photo: BEN WATSON
ON STAGE: Andy Grainger, who has appeared on numerous television shows, will take to the stage for Ruben Guthrie.

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If you’re a fan of British television shows and live in Torbay, you might do a double take if you spot Andy Grainger.

The British actor, who now lives near Waiake Beach, has appeared in The Bill, EastEnders and Heartbeat.

Mr Grainger also worked with Robert Redford in the film Spy Game and Vinnie Jones in Mean Machine.

He says the main reason for coming to New Zealand in 2006 was to start a family – he and his Kiwi wife Sacha now have two young children.

"I think in life if you have an opportunity to try things new you should embrace them, and the lifestyle here is fantastic."

Since the move Mr Grainger has appeared on Outrageous Fortune and Shortland Street. More recently he was Jim Edwards in Sunday Theatre’s Life’s A Riot.

Mr Grainger also stars in upcoming TV2 drama The Cult, and is in Peter Jackson’s new movie The Lovely Bones.

Now he’s getting ready to play Ray, boss to Oliver Driver’s character in Silo Theatre’s play Ruben Guthrie. Stage is where he got his start – he trained in musical theatre and began his career in London’s West End.

Written by Brendan Cowell and directed by Shane Bosher, the production is a black comedy about fame, fortune and alcohol set in the advertising industry.

Ruben Guthrie is on from September 18 to October 17 at the Herald Theatre, Aotea Centre.

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