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Other side of Bake Off’s Andrew is treading the boards

By Ann W Schmidt

Published 28/10/2016

Andrew Smyth in amateur productions of shows including Legally Blonde
Andrew Smyth in amateur productions of shows including Legally Blonde
Andrew Smyth with Bake Off book
Andrew Smyth in amateur productions of shows including Legally Blonde

He's best known as Great British Bake Off finalist Andrew Smyth, but the 25-year-old Rolls Royce engineer had already enjoyed a taste of stardom on the stage, playing everything from a gay lover to a prison inmate.

Andrew, who was pipped to the post by Candice Brown on the BBC's last ever episode of the show on Wednesday night, is a talented comedy actor, according to musical director Jen Lewis.

He starred in an amateur production of the musical comedy Legally Blonde in Derbyshire.

The Cambridge graduate, who was born and raised in Co Down but now lives in Derby, is an aerospace engineer who designs Rolls Royce jet engines - but Ms Lewis said he is also a "gifted comedy actor".

"He was exceptional," Ms Lewis told the Derby Telegraph. "He was one of the stand-out performers in the show. He's a very gifted comedy actor, yes, but he's a gifted actor full stop. And he's very dry with his sense of humour. He's one of these people who excels in everything he does. You just think: 'Is there nothing you can't do, Andrew?'"

Andrew played a snobby law graduate in Legally Blonde who loathes the main character, Elle Woods, as well as other roles.

"When he's the gay lover, his character says he's having an affair with a woman, but ends up coming out of the closet because his real lover is in the courtroom" Ms Lewis said.

"And for his role as an inmate, Andrew had a musical number where he had to skip rope and sing. It wasn't just a couple of skips over ropes, it was the whole thing and it was a real showstopper."

For Belfast fans who want to meet the talented actor, engineer and baker, Andrew will be doing a book signing at Waterstones on Saturday at 1pm. The Holywood man will be signing copies of The Great British Bake Off: Perfect Cakes & Bakes to Make at Home, the recipe book that goes along with the 2016 series of the TV show.

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