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Andrew Lancel plays Frank Foster

Andrew Lancel (born 3 August 1970) plays Frank Foster on Coronation Street.

Andrew was born in Lancashire and started his career in local theatre. He transitioned to television roles, appearing in guest roles in shows such as Casualty, Heartbeat, Peak Practice and Soldier, Soldier between 1993 and 1994.

His big television break came in 1994 in the medical drama Cardiac Arrest, playing Dr Andrew Collin for three seasons. Dr Collin would become the first of a number of television ‘bad guy’ roles Andrew would play…

Before playing Corrie villain Frank Foster, Andrew also played the villainous prison warden Barry Pearce for one season of long-running British prison drama Bad Girls.

Andrew was able to combine numerous guest television roles throughout the 1990s and 2000s with his regular role on The Bill. He played DI Neil Manson from 1995 – 2010 and was one of the show’s longest-serving characters.

Andrew Lancel is actually a stage name; Andrew’s real name is Andrew Wilkinson.

He lives in Liverpool with his wife and child.


First appearance on Coronation Street in the UK:

20 January 2011: Frank is a perspective new client for Underworld and Carla is desperate to make sure he’s impressed as they need his business.