Andrew Biggs was born in Brisbane, Australia. He worked as a journalist up until Valentine’s Day, 1989, when he flew to Bangkok.
His plan was to stay for two days in Thailand on the way to London to work as a journalist. Two days turned into two weeks, which turned into two months, which turned into two years … which turned into more than two decades.
Early on he started up Nation Junior Magazine, a magazine for Thai high school students which became a big hit. Soon he was touring Thailand extensively, holding seminars and speeches on learning English.
The magazine created other opportunities; in 1994, NJ Live, Thailand’s first English talk-back radio show, was launched. The next year, NJTV began on Channel 11, and then a Saturday afternoon TV show on Channel 9 called NJ Saturday began in 1996.
He became widely known after doing a series of Learn-English TV shows, the first appearing on Bangkok’s Microbus mass transportation system. When TV station iTV first broadcast in 1995, he taught English for five minutes before the 7 pm news.
Then in 1996, he began hosting Talk Of The Town in the morning on Channel 3, a program that would run for nine years and bring him to the forefront of English language teaching.
Other popular shows he hosted included Good Morning Thailand, English Minute and a segment on the Channel 3 Evening News.
He has written more than 16 books in Thai. The first, Thailand In My Eyes, was a number one bestseller and he followed that up with How To Speak English Like A Guava, which has sold more than 300,000 copies. Altogether he has sold more than 750,000 books.
In 2002 he made the news when he graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communication and the Thai language from Ramkhamhaeng University, the first westerner to graduate from that university.
He received two awards from the Thai Government; the Ministry of Culture awarded him Excellent User Of The Thai Language (the first westerner to receive the award), and in 2011 he was awarded the position of Thai Spoken Language Ambassador. In addition he received the Petch Siam Award for excellence in using the Thai language.
In 2008 Thais voted him one of the “coolest” bald men. In the same year he ran the Bangkok Marathon and wrote about it in the Bangkok Post.
These days Andrew Biggs writes regular columns for The Bangkok Post and I Get English Magazine. He has a Twitter following of more than 450,000, putting him in the Top 10 for Thailand. In 2013 the Australian Government recognized his work in their “Australia Unlimited Global 50”, the top Australian expatriates making waves around the world.
That’s who he is.