Born in Dogsthorpe, Peterborough, England (UK), Andy Bell was educated at the King's School in the city. He joined the band The Viod for two weeks in the Eighties, before splitting off with bass player Pierre Cope to form their own band, Das Baume (German for 'The Trees'). They changed their name to Dinger and released one single, 'Air Of Mystery'. Not long after that, Andy auditioned for Vince Clarke's new musical venture Erasure. Together they have sold over 25 million albums worldwide between 1985 and now.
Besides Erasure, Andy still does several solo projects. In 1994 he played Judy Garland in a play called The Night We Buried Judy Garland, which was a musical about gay rights. The play ran for a month at the Shaw Theatre in London, with different actors in the role; Andy was only in it for a week.
Bell's first solo album 'Electric Blue' was released in 2005. His second solo album 'Non Stop' appeared in 2010.
In June 2011, he appeared on the second season of ITV series 'Popstar to Operastar' and finished in fifth place.
In 2013, he released a cover version of Breathing on the British Electric Foundation album 'Music Of Quality And Distinction Volume 3 - Dark'. Produced by Martyn Ware, the album featured sixteen tracks with a different singer on each track.