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Andrew Shim (born 18 August 1983 in Miami, Florida) is an American-born English actor best known for his appearances in the films and TV shows of Shane Meadows, especially This Is England (2006-15).

Andrew Shim
Born (1983-08-18) 18 August 1983 (age 36)
Miami, Florida, United States
Other namesAndy Shim
OccupationActor, MMA fighter
Years active1999–present

Early lifeEdit

Although born in the United States, Shim moved over to England with his family when he was six years old. He is of Jamaican and Chinese descent.[1] He started at Nottingham's Central Junior Television Workshop when he was 14.[1] His sister, Shauna Shim, was already attending and, although not initially keen, he joined to please his grandma.[1] Shim was on the verge of leaving when he auditioned for a local film project to be directed by Shane Meadows. Repeated callbacks resulted in him being cast as the title character in A Room for Romeo Brass.[1]


Since starring as Romeo in A Room for Romeo Brass, Shim has appeared in subsequent Meadows' features Once Upon a Time in the Midlands (2002), Dead Man's Shoes (2004) and This Is England (2006) as well as the spin-off TV series This Is England '86 (2010), This Is England '88 (2011) and This Is England '90 (2015). He was also in the quarter-minute film "The Stairwell", which was Meadows' 2005 entry in the Nokia Shorts competition.

Additionally, Shim has appeared in several advertisements. He played a salesman in an Act On CO2 commercial, and also appeared in an Orange Mobile advert which was filmed in Cape Town, South Africa. He played the role of Jamie in British prison film Screwed (2011) and played the character of Sam Airborne starring Mark Hamill.[2]

Personal lifeEdit

Away from acting, Shim has a passion for sports cars. Having also worked for an IT software company,[1] he regards himself as "a bit of an Arthur Daley",[1] being quite successful at buying and selling used vehicles.[1] He has stated that his dream car would be a black Lamborghini Murcielago Roadster.[1] Shim is also an amateur mixed martial artist, competing in the featherweight division and training under Jim Wallhead.[3]


Year Film Role Notes
1996 Get out of Sight TV series (1 episode: "Getting Rid of Ingrid")
1999 A Room for Romeo Brass Romeo Brass
2002 Once Upon a Time in the Midlands Donut
2004 Dead Man's Shoes Elvis
Fungus the Bogeyman Grot TV series
2005 The Stairwell Man short
2006 This is England Milky
2010 This is England '86 Milky TV series (4 episodes)
2011 Screwed Jamie
This is England '88 Milky TV series (3 episodes)
2012 Airborne Sam
2015 This is England '90 Milky TV series (4 episodes)
Anti-Social Jason


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Wilson, Jared; Interview with Andrew Shim
  2. ^ TheLittleSongbird (6 February 2013). "Airborne (2012)". IMDb.
  3. ^ "Fight UK 4 - Interview with Andrew Shim - MMA Pundit". Archived from the original on 31 March 2012.

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