Andy Cunningham (13 May 1950 – 5 June 2017[1]) was an English actor, puppeteer, and writer. Cunningham was the mime artist/puppeteer for Ephant Mon in Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi.


Cunningham studied at the University of Cambridge, where he read English. Cunningham was best known as the creator and writer of the BBC's children's television programmer, Bodger & Badger. Cunningham starred as Simon Bodger, alongside his puppet, Badger.[1]

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Cunningham was in a long-term relationship with co-star Jane Bassett who played Mousey in Bodger & Badger. They later separated but remained good friends.[2]


Cunningham died due to cancer on 5 June 2017 at Royal Sussex County Hospital with his former partner and his family around him.[2]

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