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THE LOWDOWN ON Andrew-lee Potts


Now playing techie TomTom in By Any Means (9pm, BBC1), Andrew-Lee Potts is no stranger to the ‘action geek’ role (think Connor in Primeval). Here, we take a brief look back over his career...

In the beginning Andrew started taking drama classes at the age of seven – he claims he was no good at football, but wanted to impress girls – and soon found work. At 14, the Bradford boy moved to London to play a stage-school student in The Biz (1994-96) and in 2000, landed his first starring film role, in New Year’s Day ( 1). All in the family Sister Sarah-Jane is also an actor, and the pair starred together in the 2008 film Heart Of A Dragon. It was a rare chance to share the screen; both made their TV debuts in ITV’s Children’s Ward, but in different years.

New direction At the age of 12, Andrew received his first video camera, and his love of acting branched out into a love of directing. Today, he has his own production company, and has several short films and music videos to his name.

Hollywood bound? No stranger to filming in Canada – he was in the Primeval spin-off,

and starred as Hatter ( 2, with Caterina Scorsone) in the 2009 miniseries Alice – and working with big US stars in films such as Katherine Heigl comedy Caffeine (2006) and Samuel L. Jackson horror 1408 (2007) – he hasn’t ruled out a move to Tinseltown. His Primeval co-star (and real-life partner) Hannah Spearritt ( 3, with Andrew as Connor) once said: ‘We’ve toyed with the idea of going out there as a couple. It’s something that could potentiall­y work…’

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