Star Dean saddles up for cycle adventure

Dean Andrews with 1970s Ford Cortina used in Life on Mars
Dean Andrews with 1970s Ford Cortina used in Life on Mars
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South Yorkshire actor Dean Andrews is swapping his on-screen high octane cars for two wheels - as he trains for a 450 kilometre bike ride between London and Paris.

The Ashes to Ashes and Life on Mars star, from Rotherham, is taking part to raise money for blood cancer charity Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research.

Instead of high speed chases in a vintage Ford Cortina or Audi Quattro, he has spent the winter months pedalling the streets to prepare for the ride.

Dean, who most recently appeared in the Bafta award winning drama Last Tango in Halifax, said: “I have been training through what must be the coldest winter in years.

“It has been tough, but not anywhere near as tough as being diagnosed with a blood cancer, and those thoughts will get me through the 450km. I look forward to crossing the finish line on the Champs-Élysées with all the other riders.”

The bike ride, London to Paris: Be Unstoppable, will start in London’s Greenwich Park next Thursday, and 200 cyclists will ride to Paris over four days. The endurance ride will offer participants all the excitement of being part of a peloton, with motorcycle outriders and closed roads, as well as an entourage of mechanics, physiotherapists and support vehicles.

Dean will be joining ex-footballers Ian Wright, John Salako, Mitchell Thomas and Geoff Thomas.

Former England star Geoff is a leukaemia survivor and ambassador for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research.

■ Visit Dean Andrews Just Giving Page to sponsor Dean.