The Academy was founded by Andreas Petrides in 2009.

Andreas is one of the UK’s leading Action Directors, Stunt Co-ordinators, Fight Arrangers and Stunt Performers.

His passion for sport started at a very young age when he began studying martial arts, gymnastics, riding motorcycles and mimicking action sequences from the movies. Andreas' professional career started as a live performance circus acrobat at the tender age of 14. Andreas performed as a screen martial artist, then learned to street dance this then led to him becoming the UK breakdance champion back in the mid-1980s.

He continued to advance his sporting skills and knowledge by studying period weaponry and becoming a County fencer and club coach.

With his passion for excitement and adventure, Andreas went on to serve with the Elite Parachute Regiment and Army Commando units and eventually achieved his goal of becoming a world-respected stunt performer.

His extensive stunt career spans over 28 years, having worked with some of the world’s leading directors and actors on over 500 productions worldwide, including 2nd Unit Stunt Co-ordinator, Fight Arranger and Stunt Double to Ewan McGregor as Obi Wan Kenobi on Star Wars: The Phantom Menace and choreographing the battle sequences and doubling Joaquin Phoenix on the Oscar-winning Gladiator.

During his career, Andreas has performed and designed action sequences on some of the biggest productions of all time.

Andreas was inducted into the Hollywood Stuntmen’s Hall of Fame, recognising his outstanding achievements in the stunt profession of motion pictures and television.

For a list of Andreas' credits visit IMDB.com 

Alongside his busy filming career, Andreas teaches as Chief Instructor at the academy.