Andy Goddard is a British film and television writer/director best known for Set Fire To The Stars and Downton Abbey. He was born in Pembroke Dock, Wales and grew up on the Isle of Skye in north-west Scotland. He later studied Film, Photography and Television at Napier University in Edinburgh.
Goddard's debut short Little Sisters was nominated for a BAFTA and won the Gold Hugo for Best Short Film at the 34th Chicago International Film Festival. The film went on to win the DM Davies Award at the Welsh International Film Festival and the Grand Prix in European Competition at Festival du film de Vendôme.
His television work includes Once Upon A Time and Torchwood and he has directed Christmas specials for both Downton Abbey and Doctor Who. In 2014, Goddard collaborated with actor Celyn Jones on Set Fire To The Stars, a feature-length snapshot of Dylan Thomas's first trip to America in 1950. Jones played the Welsh poet opposite Elijah Wood from a screenplay he co-wrote with Goddard. The movie premiered at the 68th Edinburgh International Film Festival and was nominated for the Michael Powell Award for Best British Feature Film.