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Andrew Lincoln
Andrew Lincoln SDCC 2016.jpg
Andrew Lincoln at the 2016 San Diego Comic Con International.
Born Andrew James Clutterbuck
(1973-09-14) 14 September 1973 (age 43)
London, England
Occupation Actor
Years active 1994–present
Known for The Walking Dead
Spouse(s) Gael Anderson (m. 2006)
Children 2

Andrew James Clutterbuck (born 14 September 1973),[1] better known by his stage name Andrew Lincoln, is an English actor. He is most recognised for his portrayal of Rick Grimes, the lead character on the AMC horror drama series The Walking Dead. His first major role was in the BBC drama This Life,[2] followed by roles such as Simon in the Channel 4 sitcom Teachers and Mark in the romantic comedy film Love Actually (2003).

Early life[edit]

Andrew Clutterbuck was born in London,[3] the son of an English civil engineer and a South African nurse.[4][5] His family moved to Hull when he was 18 months old, and then to Bath when he was eight or nine.[3] He attended Beechen Cliff School, where at age 14 he had his first acting role as the Artful Dodger in a school production of Oliver!.[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 and began to use "Andrew Lincoln" as his stage name.[9]


Lincoln in 2012

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 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]

Lincoln has also performed in plays, including 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 has done voice-overs for documentaries, advertisements, and government campaigns.[2] He directed two episodes in the third series of Teachers for which he won a BAFTA nomination for Best New Director (Fiction) in 2004.[9][24]

The Walking Dead[edit]

In April 2010, Lincoln was cast as Rick Grimes,[25] the protagonist[26] of AMC's live-action adaptation of the comic book series The Walking Dead.[27] Grimes is a sheriff's deputy who awakens from a months-long coma in the midst of a violent zombie apocalypse caused by an unknown pathogen. He becomes the leader of a group of family and friends who are forced to relentlessly fight off flesh-eating zombies and evil humans.[28] The drama has the highest Nielsen ratings in cable television history, including the most 18- to 49-year-old viewers of any cable or broadcast television series during its third through (current) sixth seasons.[29][30][31] In 2010, Lincoln signed up for the show for a potential six years.[32] He has since renegotiated a deal for two further seasons.[33]

Lincoln has received critical acclaim for his portrayal of Rick Grimes in The Walking Dead and has been nominated for numerous awards. Jacob Stolworthy from the independent, whilst commenting on his performance in the first episode of season 7 said: "It's a moment where Andrew Lincoln excels, his character coming full circle: between his snot-nosed splutters of mercy and Carl’s resigned plea (“Dad, just do it), this scene - when bookended with the first time we see Rick in season 1 episode 'Days Gone Bye', unaware of the tribulations this "new world order" will bring - causes your bones to cool several degrees."[34] TVLine spotlighted Lincoln as "performer of the week" for his performance in season 5 episode 15, saying "We always knew that Lincoln could play the living daylights out of anything that was thrown at him. But until this week’s episode of The Walking Dead, we didn’t realize that he could act his way from A to Z all within the span of a single hour."[35]

Personal life[edit]

On 10 June 2006, Lincoln married Gael Anderson, daughter of Ian Anderson, former flutist and vocalist in Jethro Tull. They have two children, Matilda and Arthur.[36] Apple Martin (daughter of Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin) was the flower girl at their wedding.[6]

Lincoln's older brother, Richard Clutterbuck, was formerly deputy head of St Laurence School in Bradford on Avon, before becoming head of the Bristol Free School.[37] He is now the head of Kings Oak Academy in Kingswood.[38]


Lincoln speaking at the 2014 San Diego Comic Con International for The Walking Dead panel


Year Film 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 ! Paul
2006 Scenes of a Sexual Nature Jamie
2010 Heartbreaker Jonathan
2010 Made in Dagenham Mr. Clarke


Year Title Role Notes
1994 Drop the Dead Donkey Terry Episode: "Births and Deaths"
1995 N7 Andy Pilot
1996 Over Here Caddy 2 episodes
1996 Bramwell Martin Fredericks Episode 2.3
1996–97 This Life Edgar "Egg" Cook 32 episodes
1997 The Woman in White Walter Hartright 2 episodes
2000 Bomber Captain Willy Byrne Television film
2000 A Likeness in Stone Richard Kirschman Television film
2001–03 Teachers Simon Casey 20 episodes; also directed 2 episodes
2003 Trevor's World of Sport Mark Boden Episode 1.1
2003 State of Mind Julian Latimer 3 episodes
2003 The Canterbury Tales Alan King Episode: "The Man of Law's Tale"
2004 Holby City Patient's Boyfriend Episode: "Letting Go"
2004 Lie With Me DI Will Tomlinson 2 episodes
2004 Whose Baby? Barry Flint Television film
2005–06 Afterlife Robert Bridge 14 episodes
2007 This Life + 10 Edgar "Egg" Cook Television special
2009 Wuthering Heights Edgar Linton 2 episodes
2009 The Things I Haven't Told You DC Rae Television film
2009 Moonshot Michael Collins Television film
2010 Strike Back Hugh Collinson 6 episodes
2010–present The Walking Dead Rick Grimes Lead role


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 (2000)
Duchess Theatre (2001)
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 British Academy Film Award Best New Director (Fiction) Nominated Teachers
Phoenix Film Critics Society Award Best Ensemble Acting Nominated Love Actually
Empire Award Best Newcomer Nominated
2007 Golden Nymph Award Outstanding Actor – Drama Series Won Afterlife
2010 IGN Summer Movie Award Best TV Hero Won The Walking Dead
2011 Saturn Award Best Actor on Television Nominated
Scream Award Best Horror Actor Nominated
2012 Satellite Award Best Cast Won
2013 Saturn Award Best Actor on Television Nominated
Critics' Choice Television Award Best Actor in a Drama Series Nominated
TV Guide Award Favorite Actor Nominated
2014 People's Choice Award Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actor Nominated
Favorite TV Anti-Hero Won
2015 Saturn Award Best Actor on Television Won
Fangoria Chainsaw Awards Best TV Actor Nominated
2016 Saturn Award Best Actor on Television Nominated
Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actor: Fantasy/Sci-Fi Nominated
2017 People's Choice Awards Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actor Nominated
iHorror Awards Best Actor - Horror Series Pending


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  3. ^ a b Roz Lewis (26 September 2014). "Andrew Lincoln: My family values". The Guardian. 
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  5. ^ "Andrew Lincoln Biography". Starpulse. 
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  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. ^ "BAFTA Awards 2004". Who's Dated Who?. 
  25. ^ Creepy, Uncle. (15 June 2010) The Walking Dead: A Look at Andrew Lincoln as Police Officer Rick Grimes. Retrieved on 25 August 2011.
  26. ^ "10 Things You Didn't Know About Andrew Lincoln". What Culture. Retrieved 15 April 2015. 
  27. ^ TV: Rick Grimes Officially Cast in AMC's 'The Walking Dead'. Retrieved on 25 August 2011.
  28. ^ "The Walking Dead". AMC. Retrieved 8 August 2015. 
  29. ^ "The Walking Dead Is First Cable Series to Beat Every Show of Fall Broadcast Season in Adult 18–49 Rating". AMC. December 2012. Retrieved 21 February 2016. 
  30. ^ Kissell, Rick (17 February 2016). "Ratings: 'The Walking Dead' Down, Still Huge in Return; Small Tune-In for HBO's 'Vinyl'". Variety. Retrieved 21 February 2016. 
  31. ^ Bibel, Sara (30 March 2015). "'The Walking Dead' Season 5 Finale is Highest Rated Finale in Series History, Garnering 15.8 Million Viewers". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved 4 June 2015. 
  32. ^ Benji Wilson (28 October 2010). "Andrew Lincoln on starring in the TV adaptation of Walking Dead". Daily Telegraph. 
  33. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (17 November 2016). "Robert De Niro's Making How Much?! TV Is Becoming an ATM for Top Talent". Hollywood Reporter. 
  34. ^ "The Walking Dead season 7 episode 1 review: Just too bleak to enjoy". The Independent. 2016-10-24. Retrieved 2016-12-30. 
  35. ^ TVLine, Team; TVLine, Team (2015-03-28). "TVLine's Performer of the Week: Walking Dead's Andrew Lincoln". TVLine. Retrieved 2016-12-30. 
  36. ^ "Interview: Andrew Lincoln, actor". The Scotsman. 26 June 2010. 
  37. ^ "TV teacher's brother is head of Bristol's pioneering free school". Bristol Post. 23 April 2011. 
  38. ^ "Kings Oak Academy Web Pages: Senior Leadership Team". Retrieved 30 January 2016. 

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