Andrew Lincoln

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Andrew Lincoln
Andrew Lincoln 2012.jpg
Lincoln in 2012
BornAndrew James Clutterbuck
(1973-09-14) 14 September 1973 (age 41)
London, England
Years active1994–present
Spouse(s)Gael Anderson
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Andrew Lincoln
Andrew Lincoln 2012.jpg
Lincoln in 2012
BornAndrew James Clutterbuck
(1973-09-14) 14 September 1973 (age 41)
London, England
Years active1994–present
Spouse(s)Gael Anderson

Andrew James Clutterbuck (born 14 September 1973),[1] better known by the stage name Andrew Lincoln, is an English actor. He first became known for his role in the BBC drama This Life, followed by roles in the Channel 4 sitcom Teachers and the romantic comedy film Love Actually. He is best known for his role as Rick Grimes in the AMC horror drama series The Walking Dead.

Early life[edit]

Lincoln was born in London, England;[1] his father is a civil engineer and his mother is a nurse.[2] He grew up in Kingston upon Hull and moved to Bath, Somerset at the age of 10. He attended Beechen Cliff School where, at the age of 14, he had his first acting role as the Artful Dodger in a school production of Oliver Twist.[3][4] He spent a summer at the National Youth Theatre in London and became interested in acting as a career.[5] After leaving school, he studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA) and began to use "Lincoln" as the surname of his stage name.[6]


Lincoln made his first on-screen appearance in "Births and Deaths", a 1994 episode of Channel 4 sitcom Drop the Dead Donkey.[7] Soon after finishing drama school in 1995, he was offered his first major role playing Edgar "Egg" Cook, one of the leading characters in the acclaimed BBC drama This Life.[8][9] He went on to star in a number of British television series and dramas such as The Woman in White,[9] most notably as probationary teacher Simon Casey in the successful Channel 4 sitcom Teachers. He also had a lead role as university lecturer and psychologist Robert Bridge in Afterlife, and starred in the 2010 Sky One series Strike Back with Richard Armitage.[10]

Lincoln appeared in several films such as Human Traffic and Gangster No. 1, and starred alongside Vanessa Paradis in Pascal Chaumeil's Heartbreaker.[11] In particular, his role as Mark in the 2003 film Love Actually gained him wider recognition.[12]

In addition to film and television, Lincoln also performed in the theatre. He appeared in a number of plays, including the stage production of Hushabye Mountain in 1999,[13] the widely-praised Blue/Orange in 2000 and 2001,[14][15] The Late Henry Moss in 2006,[16] the Parlour Song in 2009,[3] as well as radio productions.[17] He also worked as a voice-over artist,[18] and has directed two episodes in the third series of Teachers for which he won a BAFTA nomination for Best New Director (Fiction) in 2004.[6][19]

In April 2010, Lincoln was cast as Rick Grimes,[20] affecting a Southern USA accent in the live-action adaptation of the comic The Walking Dead,[21] and narrated the project at the 2010 San Diego Comic-Con International.[22] He is signed up for the show for a potential six years.[23]

Personal life[edit]

Lincoln's older brother, Richard Clutterbuck, heads the Bristol Free School.[24]

On 10 June 2006, Lincoln married Gael Anderson, daughter of Jethro Tull vocalist Ian Anderson. They have two children, Matilda and Arthur.[25] Apple Martin (daughter of Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin) was the flower girl at their wedding.[3]



1995Boston KickoutTed
1998Understanding JaneParty Stoner
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
2009MoonshotMichael CollinsTelevision film
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 BluesNarratorVoice
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 CityPatient's BoyfriendEpisode: "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
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 WorldNarratorVoice
2014My Last SummerNarratorVoice


1998Sugar SugarJoeBush Theatre
1999Hushabye MountainDannyHampstead Theatre
2000–2001Blue/OrangeBruceCottesloe Theatre
Duchess Theatre
2002FreeAlexLoft (Lyttelton Theatre)
2006The Late Henry MossRayAlmeida Theatre
2009Parlour SongDaleAlmeida Theatre


  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. ^ Steve Fennessy. "The Walking Dead's Andrew Lincoln Lives Up to A Challenge". Men's Health. 
  5. ^ Caroline Bishop (8 April 2009). "Andrew Lincoln". Official London Theatre. 
  6. ^ a b "Andrew Lincoln". The Scotsman. 20 October 2004. 
  7. ^ "Andrew Lincoln bio". Archived from the original on 28 July 2011. 
  8. ^ "Bloodied Andrew cuts finger off". Metro. 7 April 2008. 
  9. ^ a b Tina Ogle (10 September 2000). "Andrew Lincoln: The Egg who hatched into a rising star". The Observer. 
  10. ^ "'This Lifes Andrew Lincoln to star in Sky1 adaptation of Strike Back", The Guardian. 24 August 2009
  11. ^ Heartbreaker
  12. ^ Shirley Li (13 November 2013). "'Love Actually,' to Andrew Lincoln, is perfect: The actor looks back, 10 years later". Entertainment Weekly. 
  13. ^ Matt Wolf (9 May 1999). "Review: ‘Hushabye Mountain’". Variety. 
  14. ^ Michael Billington (15 April 2000). "Blue/Orange". The Guardian. 
  15. ^ Philip Fisher. "Blue/Orange review". British Theatre Guide. 
  16. ^ Michael Billington (20 January 2006). "The Late Henry Moss". Guardian. 
  17. ^ "Stoppard Radio Season". The British Theatre Guide. 
  18. ^ Ciar Byrne (2 February 2006). "The actors behind voice-overs". 
  19. ^ "BAFTA Awards 2004". Who's Dated Who?. 
  20. ^ Creepy, Uncle. (15 June 2010) The Walking Dead: A Look at Andrew Lincoln as Police Officer Rick Grimes. Retrieved on 25 August 2011.
  21. ^ TV: Rick Grimes Officially Cast in AMC's 'The Walking Dead'. Retrieved on 25 August 2011.
  22. ^ "SDCC '10: The Horrors of the San Diego Comic Con: Friday July 23". Bloody Disgusting. 10 July 2010. 
  23. ^ Benji Wilson (28 October 2010). "Andrew Lincoln on starring in the TV adaptation of Walking Dead". Daily Telegraph. 
  24. ^ "TV teacher's brother is head of Bristol's pioneering free school". Bristol Post. 23 April 2011. 
  25. ^ "Interview: Andrew Lincoln, actor". The Scotsman. 26 June 2010. 

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