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|Born||Christopher J. A. Robbie
30 May 1938
Edmonton, London, England
|Occupation||actor, theatre director, playwright|
Christopher Robbie (born 30 May 1938) is a British actor, television announcer, theatre director and designer, playwright and photographer. He trained as an actor at RADA in London, and has had a distinguished theatrical career, playing the title role in King Lear when a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company. He has also performed a one-man play about the life of Charles Darwin. Under the pseudonym James Alan he wrote the play The Sirens of Eroc. As a television actor he has appeared in the Doctor Who stories The Mind Robber and Revenge of the Cybermen, as well as in The Avengers, UFO, Dempsey & Makepeace and One Foot in the Grave, among much else. As a photographer he has held exhibitions of his work.
He is also well-remembered as an in-vision announcer for Southern Television, where his polite, restrained, gentlemanly style seemed to sum up the company's ethos. He announced on the company's final day of broadcasting (31 December 1981) and presented its final programme And It's Goodbye From Us .... He also announced, although less often, for TVS in the 1980s, and had stints in the announcer's chair at Associated-Rediffusion, Thames Television and Anglia Television.