Fellow typeHonorary Fellow
Honorary Fellow, Alumnus 1977 English
Andrew Marr was born in Glasgow in 1959, brought up outside Dundee in Perthshire, and schooled in Dundee, Fife, and at Loretto, Musselburgh. He joined in 1977 to read for a BA in English. He went on to become a trainee journalist with The Scotsman in 1981, where he was subsequently general reporter, business reporter and parliamentary correspondent. Andrew joined the start-up team of The Independent as political correspondent in 1986. He has also been political editor of The Economist and Scotsman, and chief commentator of The Independent and editor, 1996-8. He was also a political columnist for The Observer and Express, 1998-2000. He worked as political editor of the BBC 2000-5 and has hosted Start the Week from 2002-present and The Andrew Marr Show 2005-2021.
Documentary series include The History of Modern Britain, The Making of Modern Britain, Darwin’s Dangerous Idea, Diamond Queen and History of the World. Andrew is also the author of twelve books on subjects including history, biography, political theory, fiction and art. His awards include two RTS and two Baftas, “book of the year” for non-fiction plus six awards for political journalism and two radio awards. His first solo painting show opened in Liverpool in June 2017 and he held an exhibition of his works at Trinity Hall in November 2017. He is married to Jackie Ashley, former President of Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge and has three children.