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Andy Devine (English actor)

Occupation  Actor
Years active  1973–2011

Name  Andy Devine
Role  English actor

Born  28 February 1942 (age 73) (1942-02-28) Surrey, England
Movies and TV shows  Emmerdale, Flipper, Gutwallops
Nominations  The British Soap Award for Best Exit
Similar People  Brian Kirk, Kevin Laffan, Ricou Browning

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Andrew "Andy" Devine (born 28 February 1942 in Surrey) is an English actor primarily on television, whose best known role has been Shadrach Dingle on one of ITV's long-running soap operas, Emmerdale. He played Shadrach on and off starting in 1998 and made his final appearance in July 2010. His credits have occasionally been confused with those of the American actor Andy Devine (1905–1977).


Andy Devine began his acting career in 1963. He mainly had minor roles, such as an uncredited Draconian Guard in several episodes of the Doctor Who story Frontier in Space. He also had a memorably prominent role as a gay man in 1999–2000 episodes of the iconic Channel 4 series Queer As Folk, and he appeared in an episode of Linda Green, playing the eponymous lead character's abrasive and lecherous boss Syd Jenkins.

He also performed his Shadrach character on ITV's Harry Hill's TV Burp

He also starred in The Girl From Tomorrow an early 1990s Australian children's drama. He was a shop keeper in the first episode.

In January 2010, Devine (then aged 67) announced that he was to appear less frequently in Emmerdale. On 23 July 2010, Devine left Emmerdale after 10 years on the soap as his character Shadrach Dingle was killed off in an emotional storyline related to alcohol abuse.

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Selected filmography

  • Doctor Who (1973)
  • The Girl From Tomorrow (1991)
  • Cracker (1993)
  • Coronation Street (Minor role: Photographer at Betty Williams's wedding) (1995)
  • Heartbeat (1996)
  • Emmerdale (1998)
  • Queer as Folk (1999–2000)
  • Coronation Street (Minor role: Jason Ross) (2000)
  • Emmerdale (2000–10)
  • Monroe (2011)
  • Doctors (Minor role) (2011)
  • The Big Quiz: Coronation Street v Emmerdale (As Shadrach Dingle) (2011)
  • References

    Andy Devine (English actor) Wikipedia

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