FIVE FAVOURITES: On the Shore
Acting and All That Jazz...
Andy Grainger has acted alongside Robert Redford, laid into Vinnie Jones onscreen in hit movie Mean Machine and has performed for Her Majesty The Queen at the London Palladium with a host of other stars. He’s also ‘best mates’ with British TV host Les Dennis and was staying with Les and Amanda Holden in LA when he met his Kiwi wife Sacha on Sunset Boulevard. He was raised in Birmingham, England, and moved to New Zealand in 2006 with former Air NZ flight attendant Sacha, having spent years living and working in London on countless TV projects. He chose to set up home in Campbells Bay.
This ‘shy’ accomplished actor has been stealing the show from Lucy Lawless, Amanda Billing and fellow Shore star Shane Cortese in Auckland Theatre Company’s pulse-quickening production of Chicago, which has received glowing reviews and will now run at Q Theatre until 21st December, due to popular demand.
His powerful portrayal of the down-trodden ‘Mr Cellophane’ Amos Hart has been bringing audiences to their feet and renewing this British expat’s love of musical stage theatre after years on the big and small screens. He sat down with Channel’s Heather Vermeer over a coffee at Salt Restaurant in Castor Bay to discuss what he loves about life here on the Shore...
- Centennial Park, Campbells Bay.
I love this place. Our house backs onto this park. It’s such a lovely place to have a walk around, especially in the early summer when the flowers come up. It’s one of those places that I think perhaps flies under the radar of many people here on the Shore. It’s idyllic.
- Mairangi Bay - Milford - Takapuna walk.
This is such a nice walk down the coast, a great way to unwind. We’re lucky to have so many beautiful walks here on the Shore. I like to walk along the beach as often as I can.
- Fish and chips on the beach at Browns Bay.
My children love the big playground down there on the beach front so that’s a big draw card! It’s a great pirate-themed playground. Max and Ava love it! It has to be one of the best playgrounds here on the Shore.
- Paper Moon.
It’s hard to look past this popular Mairangi Bay cafe / bar for a good place to hang out. It’s a great spot for a drink and a chat. They do great breakfasts! So I’d definitely recommend a leisurely brunch outside there in the sunshine.
- The PumpHouse in Takapuna and all the great arts talent here on the Shore.
We have some great venues here on the North Shore and so many talented people involved in performing arts. We should really ensure that these venues are utilised to their full potential and that the local talent is nurtured - they are real treasures.