Andy Gray Biography – Andy Gray Wiki
Andy Gray was a Scottish actor and comedy writer. He is well known for his role as Chancer in the 1980s comedy City Lights. He also starred in Naked Video and River City. He started his acting career at Perth Theatre in the late 1970s. He rose to fame in the 1980s with the BBC Scotland sitcom City Lights, playing Chancer, the sidekick of Willie Melvin, who was played by Gerard Kelly.
He was one of the stars of the Christmas panto at the King’s Theatre in Edinburgh each year. He had previously battled blood cancer after being diagnosed in 2018, but made a comeback in the King’s panto the following year . After last year’s King’s panto was cancelled, Gray was due to appear with King’s co-star Allan Stewart in a show in Milton Keynes, which was also called off due to tightened restrictions in the area.
Andy Gray Age
Andy Gray was born in 1959 and died on 18 January 2021. He was 61 years old.
Andy Gray Cancer
Andy Gray was diagnosed with blood cancer in 2018. He battled MDS, also known as Myelodysplastic syndromes – a rare type of blood cancer that causes a person’s bone marrow to stop producing healthy blood cells.
Andy Gray Actor Illness
Andy Gray was diagnosed with blood cancer in 2018. More recently he had fought against a Covid positive diagnosis, according to The Scotsman.
Andy Gray Death
He died at the age of 61. Martin McCardie, River City’s executive producer, said in a statement: “Everyone at River City, all cast and crew are devastated to hear the extremely sad news that Andy Gray passed away this morning. When Andy joined River City in 2016 he had an extremely successful stage, TV and film career behind him, but the character of Pete Galloway turned out to be one of the most popular characters ever to pass through Shieldinch. His infectious enthusiasm for his work had an influence on all those who worked with him, he became a mainstay of the production, his trials and tribulations with the love of his life Caitlin McLean, became some of the best material ever to be broadcast by the show. His loss will be felt throughout our production and he will never be forgotten by all who knew him, but that is nothing compared to the loss that his family and partner are feeling now, all our thoughts and sympathies are with them.”
Gayle Telfer Stevens, who played actor Andy Gray’s on-screen wife on River City, said: “Andy was, and will remain, a national treasure. Not only was he an exceptional actor and entertainer who brought so much joy to so many people, he was an extraordinary man. When you were in his presence you could feel it was of greatness. The most kind, clever, funny beyond measure, beautiful man. One of the finest our country has ever had the pleasure to experience and we were so lucky to have had the time we did with you. Andy – you will be achingly missed. Your laugh will echo in Scotland’s heart and you will never be forgotten. Love you forever.”
Steve Carson, director of BBC Scotland, said: “We are deeply saddened by the news that one of Scotland’s much-loved comedy actors and close friend to many at BBC Scotland, Andy Gray, has passed away. Among many roles for the BBC he will always be lovingly remembered as audience favourites, the iconic Chancer in City Lights and the silver-tongued entertainer Pete Galloway in River City. On screen and in person he could always make you laugh and was one of the kindest people to have around on any production. Our thoughts are with his family at this difficult time.”