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Andrew Lincoln

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Andrew Lincoln
Andrew Lincoln October 2014.jpg
Lincoln in October 2014.
Born Andrew James Clutterbuck
(1973-09-14) 14 September 1973 (age 41)
London, England
Occupation Actor
Years active 1994–present
Spouse(s) Gael Anderson
Children 2

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

Early life[edit]

Lincoln was born in London,[2] the son of an English civil engineer father and a South African nurse mother.[3][4] His family moved to Kingston upon Hull when he was 18 months old, and then to Bath, Somerset when he was eight or nine.[2] He attended Beechen Cliff School, where, he had his first acting role at the age of 14 as the Artful Dodger in a school production of Oliver!. He had been encouraged to start acting and agreed to do so in the hope of attracting girls.[5][6][7] He spent a summer at the National Youth Theatre in London and became interested in acting as a career.[8] After leaving school, he studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA) and began to use "Andrew Lincoln" as his stage name.[9]


Lincoln made his first on-screen appearance in "Births and Deaths", a 1994 episode of Channel 4 sitcom Drop the Dead Donkey.[10] In 1995, soon after finishing drama school, he was offered his first major role playing Edgar "Egg" Cook, one of the leading characters in the acclaimed BBC drama This Life.[11][12] He went on to star in a number of British television series and dramas such as The Woman in White, The Canterbury Tales and Wuthering Heights,[13][14] most notably as probationary teacher Simon Casey in the successful Channel 4 sitcom Teachers.[15] 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.[16]

Lincoln in 2012

Lincoln appeared in several films such as Human Traffic and Gangster No. 1, and starred alongside Vanessa Paradis in Pascal Chaumeil's Heartbreaker.[17] In particular, his role as Mark in the 2003 film Love Actually gained him wider recognition.[18]

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,[19] the widely-praised Blue/Orange in 2000 and 2001,[20][21] The Late Henry Moss in 2006,[22] the Parlour Song in 2009,[6] as well as radio productions.[23] He also works as a voice-over artist, providing voice-overs for adverts and media campaigns, as well as narration for numerous documentaries.[24] He also directed two episodes in the third series of Teachers for which he won a BAFTA nomination for Best New Director (Fiction) in 2004.[9][25]

In April 2010, Lincoln was cast as Rick Grimes,[26] affecting a southern U.S. accent in the live-action adaptation of the comic The Walking Dead,[27] and narrated the project at the 2010 San Diego Comic-Con International.[28] He is signed up for the show for a potential six years.[29]

Personal life[edit]

On 10 June 2006, Lincoln married Gael Anderson, daughter of Jethro Tull vocalist Ian Anderson. They have two children.[30] Apple Martin (daughter of Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin) was the flower girl at their wedding.[6]

Lincoln's older brother, Richard Clutterbuck, heads the Bristol Free School.[31]



Year Title Role Notes
1995 Boston Kickout Ted
1998 Understanding Jane Party Stoner
1999 A Man's Best Friend Man Short film
1999 Human Traffic Felix
2000 Gangster No. 1 Maxie King
2000 Offending Angels Sam
2003 Love Actually Mark
2004 Enduring Love TV Producer
2006 These Foolish Things Christopher Lovell
2006 Hey Good Looking! Pauly
2006 Scenes of a Sexual Nature Jamie
2006 Comme t'y es belle ! Paul
2009 Moonshot Michael Collins Television film
2010 Heartbreaker Jonathan
2010 Made in Dagenham Mr. Clarke


Lincoln speaking at the 2014 San Diego Comic Con International for The Walking Dead panel
Year Title Role Notes
1994 Drop the Dead Donkey Terry Episode: "Births and Deaths"
1995 N7 Andy Spin-off of The Nick Revell Show
1996 Over Here Caddy
1996 Bramwell Martin Fredericks Episode 2.3
1996–1997 This Life Edgar "Egg" Cook 32 episodes
1997 The Woman in White Walter Hartright
2000 Bomber Captain Willy Byrne
2000 A Likeness in Stone Richard Kirschman
2001–2003 Teachers Simon Casey 20 episodes; directed 2 episodes
2003 Trevor's World of Sport Mark Boden Episode 1.1
2003 State of Mind Julian Latimer
2003 The Canterbury Tales Alan King Episode: "The Man of Law's Tale"
2004 Holby City Patient's Boyfriend Episode: "Letting Go"
2004 Whose Baby? Barry Flint
2004 Lie with Me DI Will Tomlinson
2005–2006 Afterlife Robert Bridge 14 episodes
2007 This Life + 10 Edgar "Egg" Cook
2009 The Things I Haven't Told You DC Rae
2009 Wuthering Heights Edgar Linton
2010 Strike Back Hugh Collinson 6 episodes
2010–present The Walking Dead Rick Grimes 58 episodes


Year Title Role Location Playwright
1998 Sugar Sugar Joe Bush Theatre Simon Bent
1999 Hushabye Mountain Danny Hampstead Theatre Jonathan Harvey
2000/2001 Blue/Orange Bruce Cottesloe Theatre, Duchess Theatre Joe Penhall
2002 Free Alex Loft (Lyttelton Theatre) Simon Bowen
2006 The Late Henry Moss Ray Almeida Theatre Sam Shepard
2009 Parlour Song Dale Almeida Theatre Jez Butterworth

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Result Work
2004 BAFTA Awards Best New Director (Fiction) Nominated Teachers
Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards Best Ensemble Acting Nominated Love Actually
Empire Awards Best Newcomer Nominated
2007 Monte-Carlo TV Festival Outstanding Actor – Drama Series Won Afterlife
2010 IGN Summer Movie Awards Best TV Hero Won The Walking Dead
2011 Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films Best Actor on Television Nominated
Scream Awards Best Horror Actor Nominated
2012 Satellite Awards Best Cast Won
2013 Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films Best Actor on Television Nominated
Critics' Choice Television Award Best Actor in a Drama Series Nominated
TV Guide Awards Favorite Actor Nominated
2014 People's Choice Awards Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actor Nominated
People's Choice Awards Favorite TV Anti-Hero Won


  1. ^ BFI Film & TV Database – Andrew Lincoln. Retrieved on 25 August 2011.
  2. ^ a b Roz Lewis (26 September 2014). "Andrew Lincoln: My family values". The Guardian. 
  3. ^ "10 Things You Didn’t Know About Andrew Lincoln". Retrieved 2015-03-27. 
  4. ^ "Andrew Lincoln Biography". Starpulse. 
  5. ^ "10 Things You Didn’t Know About Andrew Lincoln". Retrieved 2015-03-27. 
  6. ^ a b c "This actor's life: Andrew Lincoln is an altogether different animal in his latest stage role". The Independent. 26 March 2009. 
  7. ^ Steve Fennessy. "The Walking Dead's Andrew Lincoln Lives Up to A Challenge". Men's Health. 
  8. ^ Caroline Bishop (8 April 2009). "Andrew Lincoln". Official London Theatre. 
  9. ^ a b "Andrew Lincoln". The Scotsman. 20 October 2004. 
  10. ^ "Andrew Lincoln bio". Archived from the original on 28 July 2011. 
  11. ^ "Bloodied Andrew cuts finger off". Metro. 7 April 2008. 
  12. ^ Tina Ogle (10 September 2000). "Andrew Lincoln: The Egg who hatched into a rising star". The Observer. 
  13. ^ "Don't egg Andrew Lincoln on!". BBC. 16 October 2003. 
  14. ^ "Andrew's head for Heights". Manchester Evening News. 27 April 2010. 
  15. ^ Tom Meltzer (6 April 2009). "Where are they now?". The Guardian. 
  16. ^ "'This Lifes Andrew Lincoln to star in Sky1 adaptation of Strike Back", The Guardian. 24 August 2009
  17. ^ Heartbreaker
  18. ^ Shirley Li (13 November 2013). "'Love Actually,' to Andrew Lincoln, is perfect: The actor looks back, 10 years later". Entertainment Weekly. 
  19. ^ Matt Wolf (9 May 1999). "Review: ‘Hushabye Mountain’". Variety. 
  20. ^ Michael Billington (15 April 2000). "Blue/Orange". The Guardian. 
  21. ^ Philip Fisher. "Blue/Orange review". British Theatre Guide. 
  22. ^ Michael Billington (20 January 2006). "The Late Henry Moss". Guardian. 
  23. ^ "Stoppard Radio Season". The British Theatre Guide. 
  24. ^ Ciar Byrne (2 February 2006). "The actors behind voice-overs". 
  25. ^ "BAFTA Awards 2004". Who's Dated Who?. 
  26. ^ Creepy, Uncle. (15 June 2010) The Walking Dead: A Look at Andrew Lincoln as Police Officer Rick Grimes. Retrieved on 25 August 2011.
  27. ^ TV: Rick Grimes Officially Cast in AMC's 'The Walking Dead'. Retrieved on 25 August 2011.
  28. ^ "SDCC '10: The Horrors of the San Diego Comic Con: Friday July 23". Bloody Disgusting. 10 July 2010. 
  29. ^ Benji Wilson (28 October 2010). "Andrew Lincoln on starring in the TV adaptation of Walking Dead". Daily Telegraph. 
  30. ^ "Interview: Andrew Lincoln, actor". The Scotsman. 26 June 2010. 
  31. ^ "TV teacher's brother is head of Bristol's pioneering free school". Bristol Post. 23 April 2011. 

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