Robert Hands

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Robert Hands
OccupationFilm / television actor

Robert Hands is an Olivier Award-nominated British actor based in London. He trained at the prestigious Bristol Old Vic theatre school. His career has spanned over twenty years during which time he has played leading roles in film, television, and both classical and musical theatre in London’s West End. He played Sir Robin in the original London cast of Spamalot.

He is probably best known for his television roles in Sharpe's Battle, Doctor Who and The House of Eliott, as well as the films Charlotte Gray, Anna and the King, and the Academy Award-nominated (Best Picture) Shine. He is also a member of Edward Hall's world-renowned all-male Shakespeare company Propeller.

In 2018, Hands was announced as part of the London cast of Come From Away.[1]



Year Title Role Notes
1990–1991 The Ruth Rendell Mysteries PC Stevens Episodes: "Some Lie and Some Die: Part One", "Achilles Heel"
1992 Grange Hill Piers Coveney Episodes: #15.17 - #15.20
1993 Heartbeat James Lessor Episode: "Going Home"
1994 The House of Eliott Miles Bannister Episodes: #3.2 - #3.10
1995 Sharpe's Battle Lt. Jenkins
The Vet Simon Dunning Episode: "White Lies"
1997 Peak Practice Terry Summerscale Episode: "Fight or Flight"
1999 The Dark Room Miles Kingsley
2003 Killing Hitler Lieutenant Col. Ronald H. Thornley
Heartbeat Barry Lee Episode: "Missing in Action"
2005 Doctor Who Algy Episodes: "The Empty Child", "The Doctor Dances"
2010 Casualty Richard Crawley Episodes: "English Beauty"
2015, 2017 EastEnders Mr Colin McWerther


Year Title Role Notes
1993 Foreign Affairs David Hewson
1996 Shine Robert
1999 Anna and the King Captain Blake
2001 Charlotte Gray Borowski
2002 Pure Doctor
2015 The Lesson Mr. Gale


Year Title Role Venue
1989 The Wars of the Roses John of Lancaster Old Vic
1990 Invisible Friends Chuck National Theatre
1991 Walpurgis Night Stasik Gate Theatre
1992 As You Like It Orlando Greenwich Theatre
Valentine's Day Philip Clandon Gielgud Theatre
1995 The Importance of Being Earnest Algernon Old Vic
1996 A View from the Bridge Rodolpho Greenwich Theatre
1997 A Midsummer Night's Dream Puck Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park
Troilus and Cressida Troilus Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park
The Woman in Black Arthur Kipps Fortune Theatre
2002 Rose Rage Queen Margaret Theatre Royal Haymarket
Lady Windermere's Fan Cecil Graham Theatre Royal Haymarket
2003 A Midsummer Night's Dream Helena Comedy Theatre
2004 Mamma Mia! Harry Bright Prince Edward Theatre and Prince of Wales Theatre
2005 Chicago Amos Adelphi Theatre
2006 Schumann Plan Bill Bretherton Hampstead Theatre
2007–2008 Spamalot Sir Robin Palace Theatre
2016 Mrs Henderson Presents Lord Cromer Noel Coward Theatre
2018- Come From Away Doug, Nick Marson and Others Phoenix Theatre


  1. ^ Mayo, Douglas (2018-10-10). "Cast Announced For Come From Away at Phoenix Theatre". British Theatre. Retrieved 2019-02-07.