Dean Andrews (born 6 August 1963) is an English actor. He is known for his role as DS Ray Carling in the BBC drama series Life on Mars. He continued the role in the sequel series, Ashes to Ashes, until 2010. In 2019, he is set to appear in ITV soap opera Emmerdale.[3]

Dean Andrews
Born (1963-08-06) 6 August 1963 (age 56)[1][2]
Years active2001–present
Spouse(s)Helen Bowen-Green

Early lifeEdit

Born in 1963 in Rotherham, Andrews went to Sitwell Junior School on Grange Road and Oakwood Comprehensive School on Moorgate Road. He went to school with Top Gear presenter James May.[4]


Andrews played Barry Shiel in the Channel 4 drama Buried, which won the BAFTA Award for Best Drama Series in 2004. In 2005, Andrews played the character of Steven Maynard in the ITV drama Wire in the Blood. In 2006, he appeared in another BBC drama, Life On Mars, as the character DS Ray Carling. In 2007, he appeared in the BBC dramas True Dare Kiss and The Street. In 2008, he returned to play the character in the spin-off series Ashes to Ashes. Andrews also had a small role in the Channel 4 series No Angels playing Neil. He also appeared in an episode of BBC drama Waterloo Road. Andrews also played one of the lead roles in ITV's supernatural drama series Marchlands.

In 2011, he appeared in the BBC Two television film United, in which tells the story of the Manchester United "Busby Babes" team and the 1958 Munich air disaster. In September 2011, he appeared in the BBC drama The Body Farm as Peter Collins. In November 2012, he appeared in the six-part BBC drama Last Tango in Halifax as Robert "Robbie" Greenwood. He also played the lead role in the five part BBC One series The Case, about a man accused of murdering his terminally ill girlfriend. He has also recorded voiceovers for Currys television advertisements.[5] In February 2013, Andrews portrayed the role of Pete Lewis in the BBC show Being Eileen.[6][7][8]

In 2015, Andrews appeared as Tom Asher in ITV's Midsomer Murders episode 17.3 "The Ballad of Midsomer County".

In 2019, Andrews joined the cast of ITV soap opera Emmerdale.[3]


Year Title Role Other notes
2002 EastEnders Dean Episode dated 3 April 2002
2003 Buried Barry Sheil 3 episodes
2003 Clocking Off DS Hughes Episode: "Colin's Story"
2003 Between the Sheets Steve Ashby 6 episodes
2004 No Angels Neil 3 episodes
2004 Casualty Reg Summerston Episode: "Don't Go There"
2004 Blue Murder Will Harmon Episode: "Lonely"
2004 My Summer of Love Ricky BAFTA-winning film
2005 Wire in the Blood Steve Maynard Episode: "Bad Seed"
2005 Faith Davey Television film
2006 Shameless Geoff Mulligan Episode 3.1
2006 Missing Mark Lanser 2 episodes
2006 New Street Law Dennis Longwell Episode: "Shock to the System"
2006–2007 Life on Mars DS Ray Carling Series 1—2; 16 episodes
2007 True Dare Kiss Vinny 2 episodes
2007 The Street Cleggy Episode: "The Letter"
2008–2010 Ashes to Ashes DS Ray Carling Series 1—3; 24 episodes
2010 Waterloo Road Gary Vale Episode 5.11
2010 Doctors Jonty Stephens Episode: "A Spoonful"
2011 Marchlands Eddie Maynard 5 episodes
2011 The Body Farm Peter Collins Episode: "No Peace for the Wicked"
2011 The Case Tony Powell 5 episodes
2011 Just Henry Bill Television film
2012–2016 Last Tango in Halifax Robbie Series 1—4; 20 episodes
2013 Being Eileen Pete Lewis 6 episodes
2013 The Security Men Ray Episode: "Pilot"
2013 Frankie Joseph Corden 3 episodes
2013 Vera Jonah Regan Episode: "Poster Child"
2015 Midsomer Murders Tom Asher Episode: "The Ballad of Midsomer County"
2015 Banana Alan Episode 1.4
2015 New Tricks Barry Warnock Episode: "The Russian Cousin"
2016 Silent Witness Tony Hamilton Episode: "After the Fall"
2016 Jericho Jack Laggan Episode 1.1
2016 Father Brown Michael Negal Episode: "The Star of Jacob"
2017 The Moorside PC Steve Kinchin 2
2018 Agatha and the Truth of Murder Wade Television film
2019 Emmerdale William Taylor Series regular


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  3. ^ a b "Dean Andrews joins Emmerdale as new enemy of Cain Dingle". Radio Times. Retrieved 25 March 2019.
  4. ^ Q&A with Dean Andrews feature - 2008 - Features - Top Gear Archived 20 February 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ Dean Andrews official blog Archived 4 August 2009 at the Wayback Machine, 2 November 2008
  6. ^ Munn, Patrick (13 September 2012). "TV BBC One Orders Follow Up To Christmas Comedy 'Lapland', Stephen Graham's Role Recast". TV Wise. Retrieved 21 December 2012.
  7. ^ "BBC One commissions new six-part comedy series, Lapland". BBC. BBC Online. 4 October 2012. Retrieved 21 December 2012.
  8. ^ "Being Eileen". BBC. Retrieved 29 January 2013.

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