Andrew Cotter is a firm favourite with Olympic viewers, with the commentator's skills ranging from the opening ceremony to rugby to... dogs. 

Previously best known for his BBC Sport commentary, it is now the commentary of his dogs that gets the 47-year-old recognised, after his videos went viral during lockdown. 

The clips, which were shared on social media, show dogs Olive and Mabel going about their everyday lives with commentary from their owner, Andrew. 


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His level-headed approach has proved popular with dog lovers and sports fans-alike, with many Wimbledon viewers earlier this year expressing their delight to hear him back in the commentary box following the tournament's hiatus in 2020. 

Who is Andrew Cotter? 

The Cheshire-based commentator was born and raised in Scotland, spending his childhood in Troon before completing a French and politics degree at the University of Glasgow. 

A keen golfer, he competed throughout his youth for Scottish Schools and Scottish Universities, with his intimate knowledge of the game set to come in handy for his future career which he began on BBC Radio

His work on radio quickly expanded to television coverage, where he presented sport bulletins and provided golf, and then rugby, commentary. 

From there, the balls kept rolling and Cotter could soon be found covering a variety of sports; a bit of tennis here, a bit of athletics there. 

It was perhaps unsurprising then, when Cotter posted capturing commentary of his two dogs during lockdown, having already proved himself a master of the trade.

The 'dog commentary', a lesser known phenomenon, made Cotter a lockdown household name, providing some light relief from a bleaker reality and landing him, and his dogs, a book deal.

What did people say about his Wimbledon commentary this year?

Cotter received almost as much praise for his tennis commentary this Wimbledon as his dog commentary. 

Numerous viewers hailed him "the best" commentator, although many took some time to get used to the fact there were no dogs in sight...