As a shy, stammering 10 year-old, Andrew Ray was spotted by the Hollywood studio exec Ben Lyon and offered the lead role in The Mudlark. The film brought instant fame and ended his schooling. He signed a contract with 20th Century Fox, starred in numerous films and in hit plays in the West End and on Broadway – before, like so many child stars before and since, his career hit the buffers. Success returned with his critically-acclaimed stage and TV portrayal of George VI, and he went on to enjoy a long TV career with parts in Tales of the Unexpected, Upstairs Downstairs, Death of an Expert Witness, Inspector Morse and Atom Spies, among others.