|Born||26th June 1974|
|Sibling(s)|| Steve McDonald |
|First appearance||6th December 1989|
|Last appearance||20th August 2009|
|Duration||1989-1997, 2000, 2004, 2009|
|Number of appearances||612|
|Played by||Nicholas Cochrane|
Andrew Richard "Andy" McDonald is the twin brother of Steve and son of Jim and Liz. Andy arrived in Coronation Street with his family as an adolescent in 1989. Studious and conscientious, he was very different from his brother Steve, although he did get into several scrapes as a teenager.
Andy passed his exams and went to university but dropped out, much to his parents' dismay, as he wanted to settle down with his girlfriend Amy Nelson with whom he shortly afterwards split up with. He worked at a supermarket as a trainee manager for a while, but eventually returned to university and graduated in 1997, whereupon he moved to Spain as a teacher of English.
During his brief return in 2000 for his parents' re-marriage he had a one-night stand with Toyah Battersby and then when he returned in 2004 for Steve and Karen's wedding he was reprimanded by Toyah's mother Janice.June 2008, Steve went to Spain to visit Andy for their 34th birthday and returned to the Street in July. Andy did not appear on screen.
In April 2009, Liz went to visit Andy after he had injured himself.
In 2009, Andy, along with Jim, returned for Steve and Becky's wedding. Afterwards he returned to Spain, wishing Steve the best of luck in his fourth marriage, asking him to try and make it last. In June 2011, Andy was visiting Brighton so Steve decided to join him there for the weekend to celebrate their birthday together.
- Andy was axed in 1997 by then-producer Brian Park as a way to shake up the street. Actor Nicholas Cochrane however still made guest appearances, mostly for family occasions. His final on-screen appearance was on 20th August 2009.
"Yeah, but the front bedroom's miles bigger." (First line, to Liz McDonald)
"Ah well, try and make this one last, eh Steve? I can't afford all the presents, mate. See you later, pal" (Final line, to Steve McDonald)