ANDY WALMSLEY SET DESIGN
A childhood fascination with the toy Leggo and Jim Hensons Muppets combined with growing up backstage in various theaters and TV studios watching his parents perform led Andy to a career as set designer.
By the tender age of 15 Andy designed his first TV show for legendary British Magician Paul Daniels and soon after went to work on a Jim Henson Puppet TV project
At the age of just 20 Andy broke records and became the first set designer ever to design a West End Musical, a record he also broke 3 years later when he designed his first Broadway Musical in New York.
By the age of 30 Andy was the most prolific designer in British TV with dozens of prime time shows running on all networks. During this period he also designed many West End musicals and tours.”]
Andy’s designed two of the top ten longest running British Musicals of all time.. Blood Brothers (4) and Buddy the Buddy Holly story (9) Buddy ran simultaneously in 22 countries around the world, the show ran 13 years in London.
Andy’s record breaking design for quiz show Who wants to be a Millionaire is the most duplicated scenic design in history with 105 duplicate versions of Andy’s set being built to the last detail in every developed country on earth.
Six of the sets Andy designed for TV where duplicated globally meaning that you can turn on a TV in any developed country on earth and see his work.
In 2002 Andy Moved to Hollywood with Simon Cowell and Nigel Lythgoe to design American Idol, the show quickly became the most successful television show in US history. Andy received three Emmy nominations for his work and won a prime time Emmy for outstanding production design for Idol.
Andy and the British team behind Idol went on to prove that Lightening can strike twice when they created So you think you can Dance and Americas got talent, both enormous hits.
Andy has worked in every area of entertainment, TV, Broadway, Ice shows, Circus, West End, Opera, Ballet. Disney theme parks and notably Las Vegas where Andy has designed more shows than any other designer.