‘Freddie’ Andrew Flintoff MBE is the Former England Cricket Captain, and one of the UK’s favourite sports characters. Born in Preston, Freddie started playing cricket for Dutton Fawshaw CC. His first representative cricket, was for the Lancashire U11 team. He continued up the ranks within Lancashire, making his first class debut in August 1995 against Hampshire.
Andrew Flintoff made his Test match debut for England in 1998, against South Africa. Followed by his One Day International in 1999 against Pakistan. Freddie Flintoff made a huge impact for England, in the summer of 2005; when he played a major role in bringing the Ashes back from Australia.
His cricketing achievements are legendary; leading to him being named BBC Sports Personality of the Year, and being awarded an MBE, in the New Year’s Honours List.
- PCA Player of the Year 2005
- BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2005
- ICC Player of the Year 2005
- ICC One Day Player of the Year 2004
- PCA Player of the Year 2004
- Wisden Cricketer of the Year 2004
- Walter Lawrence Trophy 1999
- NBC Denis Compton Award 1997
In September 2010, having become one of the biggest players and best known characters in cricket, Flintoff retired from cricket due to a recurring knee injury. Since retiring from cricket Freddie has developed a diverse and credible broadcasting career.
- A League Of Their Own on Sky 1 – Team Captain
- Freddie vs The World for ITV2 – in which he went head to head with some of the world’s sporting greats; in a variety of daring challenges across the globe.
- Alone in the Wild for the Discovery channel – Freddie was completely isolated without any aid, help or production team; making his way through the wilderness, with only a handheld camera to record footage.
- The Hidden Side of Sport for BBC1 – this documentary took an insightful look at depression in sport, and how it is dealt with.
- From Lord’s to The Ring for Sky 1 – which exposed the gruelling journey Flintoff had to face, in becoming a heavy weight boxer. The culmination of this was a victory on his debut, at The MEN Arena in Manchester.
- Flintoff’s Road through the Rainforest for Sky – Freddie embarked on a rainforest adventure, cycling deep into the heart of the jungle; via Brazil’s Trans Amazonian Highway, accompanied by journalist Rob Penn.
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Matthew Willetts MA is the Director of Comicus who has over 35 years experience in television, film, theatre, and comedy club/cabaret entertainment, working as a performer, screenwriter, producer and agent. He lectured at Southampton Solent University in Comedy, Screenwriting, Television, Theatre & Radio. Matthew can sometimes be seen and heard on TV & Radio and often quoted in the national press and media publications. As well as speaking regularly at festivals and industry conferences, he has been a judge at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Montreux Television Festival.
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