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Biography

  • Born

    26 January 1963 (age 59)

  • Born In

    Windlesham, Surrey, England, United Kingdom

Andrew Ridgeley (born Andrew John Ridgeley, 26 January 1963, in Windlesham, Surrey), is an English pop singer, guitarist and environmentalist. He came to public attention as a member (with George Michael) of the 1980s pop music duo Wham! Andrew just made one solo album called: Son Of Albert, CBS Records passed up the option of a second album.

After retiring from active music-making, Ridgeley still remained active in music-writing under various pseudonyms.

Ridgeley began surfing in the early 1990s. While surfing with his brother off the coast of England, both men contracted a waterborne illness from the raw sewage being discharged from a nearby pipe. After recovering from his illness, Ridgeley gave an interview to The Times. He went on to become a prominent environmentalist in the cause of water quality at English surfing beaches and riverways, working with the UK charity, Surfers Against Sewage.

Ridgeley is a partner in an English business that makes surfing equipment. He frequently lends his name and donates money to help pass laws against the discharge of raw sewage in UK offshore waters. Ridgeley's and SAS's efforts enjoyed success in recent years, having influence upon numerous safe sewage laws that have virtually eliminated E. coli illness and deaths in the UK.

He now lives in Cornwall, United Kingdom, in a restored 15th century farm property with his partner Keren Woodward of the pop group Bananarama.

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