Robert Daws

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Robert Daws
Born (1959-05-04) 4 May 1959 (age 56)
Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, England
Occupation Actor

Robert Daws (born 4 May 1959) is a leading English stage and television actor.


Born in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, Daws appeared in the 1982 stage play On Your Way, Riley! with Brian Murphy and Maureen Lipman. He played Tuppy Glossop in the early 1990s version of Jeeves and Wooster.[1] He played pompous cricket captain Roger Dervish alongside Brenda Blethyn in the ITV comedy drama Outside Edge 1994–96, for which he was nominated for Best Comedy Actor at the British Comedy Awards. He has also appeared in a number of one-off dramas including the 1997 BBC drama, The Missing Postman. In 1996 he starred in a pilot of what would become Roger Roger, a comedy drama which ran until 2003. Daws starred as Sam, the co-owner of Cresta Cabs.

Daws plays the trumpet, as evidenced when in 1994 he appeared as a guest in the final episode of the BBC comedy series A Bit of Fry and Laurie (series four) and played over the credits, accompanied by Hugh Laurie on the piano.

Daws appeared as Dr. Gordon Ormerod in the long-running ITV drama series The Royal, which ended its run in July 2011, the last scenes of which showed Ormerod fighting for his life after an attack at the hospital.

Robert Daws played a recurring role in Robin of Sherwood as King John's herald, Hubert de Guiscarde in the episodes "The Greatest Enemy" and "The Sheriff of Nottingham".

In November and December 2009 he appeared in Public Property by Sam Peter Jackson at the Trafalgar Studios.

In May and June 2010 he appeared in Coronation Street as Gail McIntyre's barrister as part of her murder trial storyline where she was wrongly accused of murdering husband Joe McIntyre.

From July 2010 to 11 September 2010 Robert Daws appeared as Dr Watson in The Secret Of Sherlock Holmes at the Duchess Theatre. In this production Sherlock Holmes was played by Peter Egan.

In 2011 he appeared as Charles Pooter in a new adaptation of 'Diary of a Nobody' and 'Rock and Chips' for the BBC. He played garage owner, John Carlisle, in an episode of New Tricks (Series 8, episode 9) which was first shown on BBC1 on 29 August 2011. He played Gavin Dibbs the husband of the new GP in Port Wenn in an episode of Doc Martin (Series 5, episode 1) first shown on ITV on 12 September 2011.[2]

He has recently played Jack Whitehall's father in Jack's Sky Christmas Cracker, and portrays Mayor Len Winkler in Ben Elton's new comedy series, The Wright Way, for BBC One.

Most recently, on BBC Radio 4, he has portrayed Arthur Lowe in 'Dear Arthur, Love John' and Ronnie Barker in 'Goodnight from Him'.

In 2014, he began filming in Poldark as Dr Choake.

Literary career[edit]

Daws worked with best-selling mystery writer Adam Croft on a radio-play adaptation of Croft's 2011 book, Exit Stage Left,[3] which was released in 2012 with Daws playing the lead character Kempston Hardwick.

His first crime novella, The Rock, was published in July 2012 and became an Amazon bestseller. [4]

Personal life[edit]

Since February 2003 he has been married to Amy Robbins (who played his co-star, Dr. Jill Weatherill, in The Royal).[5] He has two daughters, Elizabeth Kate (Betsy) and May with Amy Robbins and a son, Benjamin, from his previous marriage.[5] They live in an Edwardian villa in Ampthill, Bedfordshire, where Robert compered the town's first Proms in June 2009.


  1. ^ Biography. 2009. Retrieved 29 October 2011.
  2. ^ "Doc Martin" (Press release). ITV1. 30 August 2011. Retrieved 13 September 2011. 
  3. ^ Adam Croft's blog
  4. ^ "The Rock". Amazon. 
  5. ^ a b "Robert Daws and Amy Robbins". OK!. Northern and Shell Media Publications. Retrieved 3 March 2010. 

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