Andrew Castle is one of the most experienced live broadcasters in the UK, who presents the breakfast show on Smooth FM every weekday morning and has been the BBC’s lead tennis commentator for over 10 years. He is also a former British Number One tennis player.
Andrew’s career took off in 1986 as a professional tennis player, competing in the 1988 Seoul and 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games. He also took part in Davis and European Cup competitions and was crowned the British Number One tennis player in both singles and doubles.
After retiring from professional tennis in 1992, Andrew Castle was a commentator and presenter for BSkyB, before joining GMTV in September 2000, where the sofa was his home for 10 years, interviewing everyone from Tony Blair to the Rolling Stones, Vera Lynn to Beyonce. Andrew also led the station’s coverage of The Iraq War and the Al Qaeda bombings in Madrid. Andrew showed that he was versatile enough to cover both ends of the new spectrum, from celebrity interview to hard-hitting journalism.
Andrew’s career has seen him work on 10 Wimbledon Men’s Singles Finals alongside John McEnroe, Jimmy Connors, Boris Becker and Tim Henman. The final frequently attracts over 10 million viewers and has had multiple BAFTA nominations. Andrew still plays tennis to a high standard and is a regular in the Men’s Senior Championships at Wimbledon playing with John McEnroe and Tim Henman. In addition, he plays in ‘The Statoil Masters’ at The Royal Albert Hall and at the Hurlingham Club pre-Wimbledon. As Virgin Active’s tennis ambassador, Andrew frequently played in their exhibitions, conducting specialised clinics and speaking at the group’s racquet facilities across the UK.
Andrew Castle has been invited to take part in some of Britain’s best-loved shows, such as BBC1’s Strictly Come Dancing in 2008 and ITV1’s 71 Degrees North in 2010. Andrew has also tested himself on Mastermind, Who Wants to be a Millionaire and Masterchef amongst others. He was also the presenter of ITV1’s quiz show Perseverance in 2006, a second quiz show Divided in 2009, and a regular guest presenter on Ch5’s popular panel show, The Wright Stuff.
Before hosting the breakfast show on Smooth FM, Andrew presented BBC Radio London 94.9 and the LBC 97.3’s weekend breakfast show, discussing the week’s top news stories and engaging with an audience of over one million listeners every Saturday and Sunday.
Andrew is a hugely entertaining inspiring & motivational speaker, auctioneer and a professional host/master of ceremonies, offering audiences witty anecdotes and engaging stories about his rise to the top.
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