Andrew Marr was born on 31 July 1959, in Glasgow, Scotland. Andrew joined The Scotsman as a trainee in 1981 and became parliamentary correspondent in 1984 and political correspondent in 1986. He worked for two years at The Independent and then returned to The Scotsman as political editor in 1986. Andrew moved to become political editor at The Economist from 1988-92. He returned to the Independent as chief political commentator in 1992 and was promoted to editor in 1996. He became a columnist for The Express and The Observer in 1998 before being appointed as BBC political editor in May 2000. Andrew has had a number of books published including A History of Modern Britain and presented a five-part series of the same name, chronicling the history of Britain from 1945 to 2007. He was named Columnist of the Year in the What The Papers Say awards and Columnist of the Year in the British Press Awards, named Journalist of the Year in the Creative Freedom Awards and received the Journalist Award in the Channel 4 Political Awards. Additionally, Andrew was named as the best individual contributor on television at the Voice Of The Listener And Viewer's Annual awards.