Character Bios

Andrew Foyle

Played by Julian Ovenden

Character Bio:

Andrew Foyle (Julian Ovenden) is Christopher Foyle's only child. At the outbreak of the war he was a student but joined the RAF in "The German Woman". Undergoing training as a fighter pilot in Scotland, he is later posted to the south coast, where he is involved in radar trials ("Eagle Day"). He sees action in the Battle of Britain. Eventually, in "Enemy Fire", suffering from combat fatigue stemming from almost-constant flying, coupled with grief at the loss of many friends, he briefly goes AWOL. His superior, Turner (Martin Turner), is understanding and transfers him to a training unit.


Andrew is seen with a girlfriend in "Among the Few" but the relationship doesn't last. For a time, he becomes involved with Sam Stewart until he is posted to Debden as a training officer in "Enemy Fire" (his penultimate on-screen appearance). Soon after this posting he ends his relationship with Sam by letter (read in voice-over only in "Invasion") after entering into a short-lived relationship with another girl there. He is subsequently promoted to Squadron Leader and posted to Malta on active service, but after a serious bout of sinusitis ruins his eyesight he is demobbed and sent home. However, he remains an unseen character, referred to solely in dialogue and props, until his return to Hastings during the intended last episode ("All Clear"). Apologizing to Sam for his poor treatment of her, he tries to resume their relationship – she, though initially only able to accept that they meet as "friends", appears to be thawing towards him by the end of the episode. In the seventh series, he is mentioned as living in London, but he is not referred to when his father visits London or when he leaves for America.

Actor Bio

Ovenden is an English television and film actor and singer. He is one of three children of Canon John Ovenden, chaplain to Queen Elizabeth II.

Ovenden sang in the St Paul's Cathedral Choir as a child. He later won a music scholarship to Eton College. He subsequently studied at the University of Oxford on a choral scholarship. Whilst he has received training as an opera singer, he has professionally used his music training in musical theatre. He continued academic studies in drama at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art
Ovenden's roles in the theatre have included:

Ovenden also originated the role of J.M. Barrie in the musical version of the film 'Finding Neverland' produced by Harvey Weinstein and premiered at The Curve theatre, Leicester in 2012.
Ovenden has also sung musical theatre songs in several concerts at The Proms, in particular concerts of Stephen Sondheim and of Rodgers and Hammerstein.

Ovenden's work in television has included:

In 2012 he signed a recording contract with Decca and his first album If You Stay was released. 

In private life, Ovenden and his wife, the soprano Kate Royal, have a son, Johnny Beau, born in October 2009. The couple married in December 2010, the ceremony being conducted by Ovenden's father, who also christened their son in a double ceremony. They also have a daughter, Audrey, born in November 2011.


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