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Andrew McKeough
Born (1996-07-26) July 26, 1996 (age 23).
ResidenceWayne, PA on The Main Line
NationalityAmerican
Other namesAndy
CitizenshipAmerican
EducationBachelor's degree, May of 2019
Alma materVillanova University
OccupationActor, Photographer
Years active2005-present
Known forTURN: Washington’s Spies
Home townWayne, PA
Additional Information
Net worth$4,230,500
Height5 ft 8 in (173 cm)
Weight130 lb (59 kg)
TelevisionThe New York Psycho
TitlePresident, The BRIDGE Society
Term2018-2019
PredecessorAshden Personius
SuccessorMariana Marquez
Board member ofAKSM Inc., AKSM Photography, The BRIDGE Society, Villanova Student Theatre, MASC, The Belle Air
Partner(s)Ashden Susan Personius
Parent(s)Charles Michael McKeough and Marylou McKeough
AwardsCappie Award
WebsiteOfficial website

Andrew Kirill McKeough (born July 26, 1996) is an American actor. He is known for playing the role of John Carter in AMC's TURN: Washington’s Spies.

Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, He is the son of Villanova University professor Charles McKeough and Marylou McKeough. Mckeough made his acting debut in a touring production of Beauty and the Beast as Chip Potts.[1] He continued to have roles mainly in television shows such as Life in Pieces, Nashville, and Code Black, and in 2009, he made his feature film debut in the drama film adaptation of The Lovely Bones. In 2012, he received praise for his part in the musical Titanic for which he was nominated for a Cappie Award for Creativity.[2]

McKeough attended Conestoga High School in the prestigious Tredyffrin/Easttown School District in Berwyn, Pennsylvania for high school. After high school, McKeough attended Villanova University where he majored in Communication and Political Science and minored in Theatre. He graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Villanova in May 2019.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Andrew Kirill Stephen McKeough was born in Irkutsk, Russia. After being adopted, he was raised in Wayne, PA. His parents are professor Charles McKeough and Marylou McKeough. His father is of Irish descent. His mother is of Italian, Polish, and Lithuanian descent.

McKeough began dating close friend and production manager Ashden Personius on March 19, 2016.[4] McKeough said that “[it] was a long time coming and that things just fell perfectly into place at one point [...].” The two met on the set of the play The Pillowman at Villanova University in 2015. Since working on The Pillowman and It Runs in the Family during Villanova Theatre’s 2015-2016 season, the couple worked together for VST’s seasons from 2015 through 2018 and worked on shows such as A Streetcar Named Desire, Almost, Maine, and the play Arsenic and Old Lace. McKeough and Personius moved in together for Personius’ senior year at Villanova in August 2017 in Devon, Pennsylvania.

Health Concerns[edit]

Andrew has had many different health issues over his lifetime. As a kid he had three sets of tympanostomy tubes surgically placed in his ears. In the spring of 2015, McKeough herniated his L4/L5 disc in his spine which made him cancel his summer 2015 schedule after he returned home from his European tour. He would spend the rest of the summer in Ocean City, NJ and would have a rough start to his college career at Villanova University. In the spring of 2019, Andrew lost the hearing in his right ear due to a pre-existing chronic condition that he had since he was a child. In June 2019, McKeough underwent mastoidectomy and tympanoplasty surgeries in his ear to repair the damage and restore his hearing at Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, PA.[5]

Relationship with Christina Grimmie[edit]

Christina Grimmie in November 2014

When asked about the rumor of a relationship with Grimmie, McKeough said, "Yuck! She's like my sister!" and would go on to say that their relationship was, "too personal, even for our music" when asked about if Grimmie's song 'Without Him' was written about him.[6]

McKeough and Grimmie were both in Orlando, Florida performing concerts on June 10, 2016. After McKeough’s concert ended at 9:45 PM, McKeough was driven to The Plaza Live to meet up with Grimmie after her show. McKeough arrived at the venue two minutes before the shots rang out. He was quickly escorted out of the area to a safer location. McKeough received the news that Grimmie had passed from a mutual friend before the news broke to the media. McKeough was witnessed to have “gone pale and not be able to speak” upon hearing the news. McKeough reportedly barely spoke on the way back home after the shooting. McKeough cut his tour short to attend the funeral and memorial services of Grimmie in her hometown in New Jersey.[7]

Since Grimmie’s death in 2016, McKeough has barely spoken about his close relationship to the late singer and the events of June 10. When a spokesperson was talking to the media on the second anniversary of her death, he stated that, “McKeough is still grieving Christina’s passing and cannot find the right words to speak publicly about her passing.” In a rare interview about Grimmie, McKeough stated that, “She is in a better place and I know that she is watching over us every day of our lives. She is my guardian angel.”[8]

Career at Villanova University[edit]

Saint Thomas of Villanova Church on Villanova’s campus

McKeough started his college career at Villanova University in August 2015.[9] He declared his majors as Communication and Political Science with a minor in Theatre. Due to poor health conditions from a recent back injury, McKeough attended only select parts of Villanova's four-day award-winning New Student Orientation prior to the beginning of the year. This injury would lead McKeough to use a cane through November of his first year at the university.[10] Throughout his college career, McKeough would balance his coursework with his career as a full-time student. McKeough would highlight his Russian and Broadcast Journalism courses among some of his favorites.[11] During his time at Villanova, he would become close with NBC anchor Keith Jones - who is a Villanova alum - and considers Jones to be his closest mentor.[12]

McKeough graduated with honors from Villanova University on May 17th at Villanova Stadium and on May 18th, 2019 at the Finneran Pavilion in Villanova, Pennsylvania.[13][14]

McKeough was a member of the following on-campus groups while at the university:

  • The Villanovan[15]
  • Villanova Theatre[16]
  • Villanova Student Theatre (VST)[17]
  • Music Activities Stage Crew (MASC)
  • The Belle Air Yearbook[18]
  • Villanova University Tech Crew (VUTC)

Photography and Men’s Basketball[edit]

McKeough got his start in photojournalism as a photographer for The Villanovan. In June 2016, after his award-winning coverage of the Men's Basketball NCAA National Championship, McKeough was offered the position of Photography Editor of the Belle Air Yearbook by then Editor-In-Chief Stephanie Carr. McKeough accepted the position. In September 2016, McKeough was also offered the position of Photography Editor for The Villanovan but declined citing an already packed schedule. McKeough would continue to write and photograph for The Villanovan and since his graduation in 2019 McKeough is a frequent guest photographer and writer.

As McKeough's photography was taking flight, he started AKSM Photography.[19] The company started with just him and is now the premiere Villanova-based media production company which has a staff of over twenty.[20] All of whom are either Villanova University students, alums or connected to the university in some way.[21] AKSM Photography offers two internships each semester and in the summer for high school students looking to pursue media production in their college careers.

McKeough would go on to cover the Wildcats as they won three BIG EAST Tournament Championship titles in 2017, 2018 and 2019 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, NY as well as their 2017 and 2019 NCAA Tournament runs that ended with second-round losses and their 2018 National Championship victory in San Antonio, TX at the Alamodome.[22]

McKeough began close personal relationships with many of the members of both the Men’s and Women's basketball teams. He became especially close friends with Women's team members Kelly Jekot and Mary Gedaka.[23]

The BRIDGE Society[edit]

Andrew’s girlfriend, Ashden Personius was on the Executive Board of Villanova’s BRIDGE Society since 2015. Andrew always was in the background helping her make decisions and advising her on certain things. In 2017, Personius was elected as the Society’s new President. She would go on to make a huge impact on the organization during her tenure. At the end of Personius’ term, McKeough would be elected as her successor.[24] In his term as president, McKeough would oversee many different events and meetings with high-profile alumni from the university and company leaders such as Brian Tierney. He would continue Personius' "Internship in a Day" program which would bring students to different company's headquarters. Companies that participated were Beneficial Bank, QVC and many other companies.[25] Upon McKeough's graduation in May 2019, Vice-President Mariana Marquez would take over his position as President and will serve a term of up to three years when she graduates in 2022.[26]

Villanova Theatre[edit]

Andrew was recruited to Villanova Theatre in September 2015 by a friend and future theatre president, Casey Duff. Casey brought McKeough on as the Stage Manager for their fall 2015 production of Martin McDonagh’s The Pillowman. McKeough would go on to become the Assistant Lighting Director, Assistant Technical Director and the finally, Technical Director for the theatre company. In the spring of 2018, McKeough would also be elected president of the department’s theatre operations group named MASC. This would be his second presidency and the second position which he would succeed girlfriend Ashden Personius in. McKeough would work twelve shows with the company and add to an over fifty award-winning show history.[27] In preparation for the opening of the new Villanova Performing Arts Center (PAC), McKeough was an instrumental voice for the student musicians who would be using the center when it opens in 2020.[28]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2009 The Lovely Bones Soccer Player
2013 Harry Potter and the New York Psycho Harry Potter Short film
2014 The New York Psycho Rises Alfred Pennyworth Short film
2014 The Psycho Games Cato Short film
2014 The Hogwarts Express Harry Potter Short film
2014 Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts Harry Potter Short film
2014 Dolphin Tale 2 Josh
2014 The Lovely Bones Samuel Heckler Short re-production
2016 The Matchbreaker Restaurant Boy

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2006 The Amazing Mrs. Pritchard Ollie Episode: 1.4
2008 John Adams John Carter Episode: Independence
2010 190 North Michael Banks Episode: 25 July 2010
2010 Made in Hollywood: Teen Addition Harry Potter Episode: Theme Park Careers: The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
2013 Nashville Daniel Episode: When You’re Tired of Breaking Other Hearts
2014-2015 Conestoga Emmett Crosby 8 episodes
2014-2016 TURN: Washington’s Spies John Carter 4 episodes
2015 CSI: Cyber James Episode: Selfie 2.0
2015 Life in Pieces Jayden 2 episodes
2015-2016 Younger Liam 2 episodes
2015-2016 Code Black William Johnson 2 episodes
2016 It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia Elijah Episode: Chardee MacDennis 2: Electric Boogaloo

Director[edit]

Year Title Episode Notes
2013-2016 Grace on the Red Carpet 20 episodes Series director
2013-2014 The New York Psycho 3 episodes Series director
2019 PWI Documentary Directed by

Theatre[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2008 High School Musical on Stage! Troy Bolton Academy Theatre
2009 Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator Head Chef Valley Forge Playhouse
2010 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Charlie Bucket Mainstage Theatre
2011 Cinderella Head Butler Valley Forge Playhouse
2012 Titanic Historian ’Stoga Music Theatre
2012 Pride and Prejudice Music Director ’Stoga Theatre
2013 The Pajama Game Assistant Sound Designer ’Stoga Music Theatre
2013 Father of the Bride Music Director ’Stoga Theatre
2013 Thoroughly Modern Millie Assistant Pre-Production Supervisor ’Stoga Music Theatre
2013-2014 Lailani: A Hawaiian Cinderella Kallani ’Stoga Music Theatre, National Tour
2013-2014 The Wizard of Oz Assistant Director Valley Forge Playhouse
2014 Dracula Stage Director ’Stoga Theatre
2014-2015 Paul Bunyan Frank ’Stoga Music Theatre, National Tour
2015 Beauty and the Beast Stage Director ’Stoga Music Theatre
2015 The Pillowman Stage Manager Villanova Theatre
2016 It Runs in the Family Assistant Technical Director Villanova Theatre
2016 A Few Good Men Assistant Technical Director Villanova Theatre
2017 Almost, Maine Technical Director Villanova Theatre
2017 The Bible: Abridged Stage Manager, Technical Director Villanova Theatre
2017 A Streetcar Named Desire Technical Director Villanova Theatre
2018 Arsenic and Old Lace Technical Director Villanova Theatre
2018 All My Sons Technical Director Villanova Theatre
2019 Peter and the Starcatcher Technical Director Villanova Theatre

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Title Result
2012 The Cappies Creativity[29] Titanic Nominated
2013 National History Day Individual Performance Join or Die? Won
2014 National History Day Individual Performance[30] The Survivor Won
2014 CC Shakespeare Festival Best Actor - Shakespeare The Bachelor Won
2015 National History Day Individual Performance The Choice of a Lifetime Won

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

List of studio albums, with peak chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
US
US
Indie

BEL
(FL)

We are as One
  • Released: August 30, 2012
  • Label: AMP Recording
  • Formats: CD, digital download
- - -
Candlelight Processional - - -
Weep No More
  • Released: August 30, 2014
  • Label: AMP Recording
  • Formats: CD, digital download
- - -
I’m Not the Only One
  • Released: August 30, 2015
  • Label: AMP Recording
  • Formats: CD, digital download
- - -

Concert tours[edit]

  • American Music Abroad – European Bronze Tour (2012)
  • Rock this Way – North American Tour (2014)
  • American Music Abroad – European Bronze Tour (2014)
  • Stars and Stripes – United States Tour (2014)
  • American Music Abroad – European Bronze Tour (2015)
  • The Best of AKSM – North American Tour (2016)

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Delco students vie for Cappies at gala Sunday night".
  3. ^ "Quad Commentary: Villanova".
  4. ^ "LOVE by Andrew McKeough". www.facebook.com. Retrieved 21 April 2019.
  5. ^ "Official Statement on Andrew McKeough's Health". www.facebook.com. Retrieved 21 April 2019.
  6. ^ https://patch.com/california/los-angeles/special-relationship
  7. ^ "'The Special Relationship: The Untold Story of Andrew McKeough and Christina Grimmie".
  8. ^ "Christina Grimmie's Main Line Connection". Radnor, PA Patch. 18 April 2019. Retrieved 21 April 2019.
  9. ^ https://twitter.com/AndrewMcKeough/status/646384535479959553
  10. ^ https://patch.com/pennsylvania/te/andrew-mckeough-have-surgery
  11. ^ https://www.linkedin.com/in/andrewmckeough/
  12. ^ https://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/on-air/about-us/Keith-Jones-NBC10-News-Anchor-Reporter-162578226.html
  13. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_zwb5PUOvx4
  14. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jpt8mTz8WvA
  15. ^ McKeough, Andrew. "The start of an era: A review of the 2017 inauguration". Villanovan (Villanova University). Retrieved 21 April 2019.
  16. ^ "Andrew McKeough Theatre Credits, News, Bio and Photos". www.broadwayworld.com. Retrieved 21 April 2019.
  17. ^ "Catch this childhood classic on stage!". Retrieved 21 April 2019.
  18. ^ "The Presidential Experience Comes to Villanova". Radnor, PA Patch. 3 October 2016. Retrieved 21 April 2019.
  19. ^ https://aksmphotography.webs.com/about-us
  20. ^ http://aksmphotography.webs.com/
  21. ^ https://aksmphotography.webs.com/contact-us
  22. ^ ""ONE FAMILY. ONE NATION. #NOVANATION."". Instagram. Retrieved 21 April 2019.
  23. ^ ""What on Earth are these two amazing people going to do without me stocking them with photos?? #TeamFamilyLove"". Instagram. Retrieved 21 April 2019.
  24. ^ "BRIDGE Society | Villanova University". www1.villanova.edu. Retrieved 21 April 2019.
  25. ^ https://www1.villanova.edu/villanova/artsci/undergrad/ous/events.html
  26. ^ https://twitter.com/marianamqzm
  27. ^ "Villanova Student Theater | Villanova University". www1.villanova.edu.
  28. ^ http://voithandmactavish.com/projects/theaters/villanova-university
  29. ^ "2012 Cappie Award Nominees" (PDF).
  30. ^ "Local students fare well at National History Day". Daily Local News. Retrieved 21 April 2019.