Andrew Hislop was a proud student of Betty Isabel Meakin's Studio of Drama in Derby where he completed his LAMDA Certifications in both Speech and Drama. He later auditioned for the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain and was immediately successful. Andrew enjoyed 6 consecutive seasons with the NYTGB becoming an integral member of the organization, working alongside the likes of Daniel Craig, Paul Roseby, Tom Hollander and Jamie Theakston.
Andrew later decided to hold off taking up a place at a London drama school for one year to travel. By the time the year had completed he had met his wife.
He has now returned to acting in a manner described by the Derby Evening Telegraph as "in spectacular form".
His credits include Horatio, Othello and Macduff with the Derby Shakespeare Theatre Company. Andrew has continued his love for Shakespeare taking on the challenges of Orsino in Twelfth Night, Oberon in A Midsummer Night's Dream, and also playing the title roles of Macbeth and Othello more recently.
In March 2016 the life and works of Victor Hugo were celebrated in the island of Guernsey, with special attention given to his most famous of works Les Miserables. Guernsey was given the rights to perform the famous musical, and Andrew was cast in the role of Javert. This was his first musical! Under the firm guidance of singer, songwriter, composer, and teacher Lydia Pugh, it was a musical debut that the island continues to talk about to this day. Les Miserables was sold out within a day, and saw standing ovations every night.
Recent credits include the principal character of Marcus in the short film Imminent directed by Kasun Hapuarachchi and Marco in a short film entitled Patch and directed by Kristjan Knife.
He is respected for his on stage and screen presence, as well as his deep resonant voice. As one critic articulated in connection with his portrayal of William Shakespeare's Othello, "He won't be the last black actor to play the role in Derby; but he may well stay the best".
Andrew is also a morning breakfast presenter and producer for BBC Local Radio.