Leyland actor in Tommy Cooper biopic

Andy Rush
Andy Rush

Leyland-born actor Andy Rush is set to appear before an audience of millions on national TV tonight – just like that!

The 25-year-old, who grew up on the stage at his local church, will play the son of the late comedy legend Tommy Cooper in an Easter Monday biopic.

The former St Mary’s Catholic High School and Cardinal Newman College student is no stranger to the small screen.

He made his debut in Casualty in 2010 and has since appeared in other BBC dramas including Holby City and New Tricks.

Andy, whose real surname is Jones, also played a role in Wizards vs Aliens, written by Doctor Who creator Russell T Davies.

The latest show, a feature-length drama on ITV, features Tommy’s dilemma when he fell in love with his assistant, and his very public death in 1984 when he suffered a heart attack while featuring on a live television show, broadcast across the country.

Playing the comic’s son Tom, Andy will star alongside the likes of Helen McCrory and Amanda Redman, starring as the assistant and wife respectively, as well as David Threlfall (Shameless, Nowhere Boy), who plays Tommy.

Andy, who has a part in an upcoming film, followed his parents Tony and Madeleine Jones onto the stage, treading the boards with Leyland St Mary’s drama group.

He studied drama at Cardinal Newman College in Preston, before attending the Birmingham School of Acting and then moving to London.

Andy said: “It has been a privilege to work alongside such incredible actors and we’re all thrilled with the finished film.

“Tommy was a legend in the industry and his story is so interesting, it’s about time it was told. I hope that everyone in Preston will be tuning in on Easter Monday.”

The primetime show Not Like That, Like This will be broadcast on ITV1 at 9pm on Monday.