Andrew Lincoln

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Andrew Lincoln
Andrew Lincoln by Gage Skidmore.jpg
BornAndrew James Clutterbuck
(1973-09-14) 14 September 1973 (age 40)
London, England
Years active1994–present
Spouse(s)Gael Anderson (m. 2006)
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Andrew Lincoln
Andrew Lincoln by Gage Skidmore.jpg
BornAndrew James Clutterbuck
(1973-09-14) 14 September 1973 (age 40)
London, England
Years active1994–present
Spouse(s)Gael Anderson (m. 2006)

Andrew Lincoln (born Andrew James Clutterbuck; 14 September 1973)[1] is an English actor. He first became known for playing the role of Egg in the BBC drama This Life, followed by other roles such as Simon in the Channel 4 sitcom Teachers and Mark in the British romantic comedy Love Actually. He is now best-known for his portrayal of the character Rick Grimes in the AMC television series The Walking Dead.

Early life[edit]

Lincoln was born in London,[1] his father is an English civil engineer and his mother is a South African nurse of English descent.[2] He grew up in Hull and moved to Bath at the age of 10. He attended Beechen Cliff School where, at the age of fourteen, he had his first acting role playing the Artful Dodger in a school production of Oliver Twist.[3] He spent a summer at the National Youth Theatre in London and became interested in acting as a career.[4] After leaving school, he studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA), and began to use the stage name Andrew Lincoln.[5]


Lincoln made his first on-screen appearance in "Births and Deaths", a 1994 episode of Channel 4 sitcom Drop the Dead Donkey.[6] He came to prominence in his first major role playing Edgar "Egg" Cook, one of the leading characters in the acclaimed BBC drama This Life.[7] He went on to star as probationary teacher Simon Casey in the successful Channel 4 sitcom Teachers, and had a lead role as university lecturer and psychologist Robert Bridge in Afterlife. Lincoln appeared in several films, including Human Traffic, and Love Actually which gained him wider recognition. He worked for some time as a voice-over artist,[8] and has also directed two episodes in the third series of Teachers.

In 2009, he appeared in the stage production of Parlour Song.[3] He starred in the Sky One series Strike Back with Richard Armitage,[9] and starred alongside Vanessa Paradis in Pascal Chaumeil's Heartbreaker. In April 2010, Lincoln was cast as Rick Grimes,[10] affecting a Southern USA accent in the live-action adaptation of the comic The Walking Dead,[11] and narrated the project at the 2010 San Diego Comic-Con International.[12] He is signed up for the show for a potential six years.[13]

Personal life[edit]

On 10 June 2006, he married Gael Anderson, daughter of famed Jethro Tull vocalist and flautist, Ian Anderson. At the wedding, Apple Martin (daughter of Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin) was the flower girl.[3] He has two children, Matilda and Arthur.[14] His older brother, Richard Clutterbuck, heads the Bristol Free School.[15]



1995Boston KickoutTed
1998Understanding JaneParty stonehead
1999A Man's Best FriendManShort film
1999Human TrafficFelix
2000Gangster No. 1Maxie King
2000Offending AngelsSam
2003Love ActuallyMarkNominated – PFCS Award Best Ensemble Acting
Nominated – Empire Award Best Newcomer
2004Enduring LoveTV producer
2006These Foolish ThingsChristopher Lovell
2006Hey Good Looking!Pauly
2006Scenes of a Sexual NatureJamie
2010Made in DagenhamMr. Clarke


1994Drop the Dead DonkeyTerryEpisode: "Births and Deaths"
1995N7AndySpin-off of The Nick Revell Show
1996Over HereCaddy
1996BramwellMartin FredericksEpisode 2.3
1996–1997This LifeEdgar "Egg" Cook32 episodes
1997The Woman in WhiteWalter Hartright
1999Mersey BluesNarrator
2000BomberCaptain Willy Byrne
2000A Likeness in StoneRichard Kirschman
2001–2003TeachersSimon Casey20 episodes
Directed 2 episodes
Nominated – BAFTA TV Award Best New Director (Fiction)
2003Trevor's World of SportMark BodenEpisode 1.1
2003State of MindJulian Latimer
2003The Canterbury TalesAlan KingEpisode: "The Man of Law's Tale"
2004Holby CityBoyfriend of Hepatitis C patientEpisode: "Letting Go"
2004Whose Baby?Barry Flint
2004Lie with MeDI Will Tomlinson
2005–2006AfterlifeRobert Bridge14 episodes
Golden Nymph Outstanding Actor – Drama Series
2007This Life + 10Edgar "Egg" Cook
2009The Things I Haven't Told YouDC Rae
2009Wuthering HeightsEdgar Linton
2009MoonshotMichael CollinsTelevision movie
2010Strike BackHugh Collinson6 episodes
2010–presentThe Walking DeadRick GrimesSatellite Award for Best Cast – Television Series (2012)
IGN Award Best Hero (2010)
Nominated – Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Drama Actor (2013)
Nominated – Saturn Award Best Actor on Television (2011, 2013)
Nominated – Scream Award for Best Horror Actor (2011)
2013How Sherlock Changed The WorldNarrator


  1. ^ a b BFI Film & TV Database – Andrew Lincoln. Retrieved on 25 August 2011.
  2. ^ "Andrew Lincoln Biography". Starpulse. 
  3. ^ a b c "This actor's life: Andrew Lincoln is an altogether different animal in his latest stage role". The Independent. 26 March 2009. 
  4. ^ Caroline Bishop (8 April 2009). "Andrew Lincoln". Official London Theatre. 
  5. ^ "Andrew Lincoln". The Scotsman. 20 October 2004. 
  6. ^ "Andrew Lincoln bio". 
  7. ^ "Bloodied Andrew cuts finger off". Metro. 7 April 2008. 
  8. ^ Ciar Byrne (2 February 2006). "The actors behind voice-overs". 
  9. ^ "'This Lifes Andrew Lincoln to star in Sky1 adaptation of Strike Back", The Guardian. 24 August 2009
  10. ^ Creepy, Uncle. (15 June 2010) The Walking Dead: A Look at Andrew Lincoln as Police Officer Rick Grimes. Retrieved on 25 August 2011.
  11. ^ TV: Rick Grimes Officially Cast in AMC's 'The Walking Dead'. Retrieved on 25 August 2011.
  12. ^ "SDCC '10: The Horrors of the San Diego Comic Con: Friday July 23". Bloody Disgusting. 10 July 2010. 
  13. ^ Benji Wilson (28 October 2010). "Andrew Lincoln on starring in the TV adaptation of Walking Dead". Daily Telegraph. 
  14. ^ "Interview: Andrew Lincoln, actor". The Scotsman. 26 June 2010. 
  15. ^ "TV teacher's brother is head of Bristol's pioneering free school". Bristol Post. 23 April 2011. 

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