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Andrew Davenport

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Andrew Davenport
Andrew Davenport

(1965-06-10) 10 June 1965 (age 56)
Folkestone, Kent, England
OccupationActor, writer, puppeteer, voice actor, music composer

Andrew Davenport (born 10 June 1965) is an English producer, writer, composer, puppeteer and actor specialising in creating television and publishing for young children.

Davenport has been dubbed 'the J. K. Rowling of the under fives'[1] following the extraordinary international success of Teletubbies and In the Night Garden....

Davenport created Teletubbies (first broadcast in the UK in 1997) with Anne Wood, and wrote all of the 365 episodes.

He created In the Night Garden...[2][3] (first broadcast in the UK in 2007), wrote all of the 100 episodes, and composed the title theme and incidental music.

He is renowned for creating high-volume and technologically pioneering character-based productions, designed for developmentally specific audiences that appeal successfully to their pre-school age group.

In March 2012, Andrew Davenport became CEO of Shine Group's children's venture focusing on creating both traditional and interactive content for children, initially for the pre-school market.[4] He even wrote the English scripts for Fabeltjeskrant the Dutch TV show for around the world


Andrew Davenport was born in Folkestone, Kent. He went to Trinity School then studied BSc Speech Sciences (vocational training for Speech Therapists) at University College London,[5] and the National Hospitals College of Speech Sciences (NHCSS).

TV career

1993–98: Davenport joined Ragdoll Productions as a puppeteer playing the character of Tiny in the double BAFTA winning series Tots TV and, co-wrote the series [6] of 297 episodes with Tom's Puppeteer Robin Stevens.

1994: Davenport appeared as Rascally Robber in two episodes of the series Brum as writing several episodes of series 2.[6]

1997–01: Davenport co-created Teletubbies with Anne Wood, and wrote all[6] of the 365 x 25-minute episodes.

2002–03: Davenport wrote the BAFTA winning series Teletubbies Everywhere (52 x 10 minutes)[6]

2007–09: Davenport wrote all episodes and composed music for all episodes of the double BAFTA winning In the Night Garden... (100 x 30 minutes)[6]

2019: Davenport's new series Moon and Me launched on CBeebies, featuring stop-motion animated toys that come to life when their owner sleeps.


  • BAFTAs In the Night Garden... – Best Pre-school Live Action Award 2007[7] and 2008[8]
  • BAFTA Teletubbies Everywhere – Best Pre-school Live Action Award 2002[9][10]
  • Royal Television Society Teletubbies – Best Pre-school and Infants Award 2000[11]
  • BAFTA Teletubbies – Best Pre-school Programme 1998[12]
  • Royal Television Society Teletubbies – 24th Japan Prize International Contest, Grand Prize-winner, Pre-school Education Category 1997[13]
  • Royal Television Society Teletubbies – Children's Entertainment Award 1997[14]
  • BAFTA Tots TV – Best Pre-school Programme 1996[15] and 1997[16]


  1. ^ "Andrew Davenport: Ooo, what's all the fuss? – Telegraph", The Telegraph, 17 January 2008.
  2. ^ "In the Night Garden: Bedtime for Teletubbies – The Independent", The Independent, 18 April 2007.
  3. ^ "Night Fever – The Observer Magazine", The Observer Magazine, 25 November 2008.
  4. ^ "Andrew Davenport". Shine Group. Retrieved 6 December 2013.
  5. ^ "FIRST PERSON: IN THE NIGHT GARDEN". UCL PEOPLE (July–December 2008): 10. Archived from the original on 10 April 2010.
  6. ^ a b c d e Andrew Davenport at IMDb
  7. ^ "BAFTA – Best Pre-school Live-Action Award – In the Night Garden...", 2007.
  8. ^ "BAFTA – Best Pre-school Live-Action Award – In the Night Garden...", 2008.
  9. ^ "BAFTA – Best Pre-school Live-Action Award – Teletubbies Everywhere", 2002.
  10. ^ Awards for Andrew Davenport at IMDb
  11. ^ "Royal Television Society – Best Pre-school and Infants Award – Teletubbies"[dead link], 2000.
  12. ^ "BAFTA – Best Pre-school Programme Award – Teletubbies", 1998.
  13. ^ "24th Japan Prize International Contest, Grand Prize-winner, Pre-school Education Category – Teletubbies" Archived 5 July 2008 at the Wayback Machine, 1997.
  14. ^ "Royal Television Society – Children’s Entertainment Award – Teletubbies" Archived 22 March 2009 at the Wayback Machine, 1997.
  15. ^ "BAFTA – Best Pre-school Programme Award – Tots TV", 1996.
  16. ^ "BAFTA – Best Pre-school Programme Award – Tots TV", 1997.

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