|Alma mater||Rose Bruford College|
Life and career
Pugh was born in the Tynte, Mountain Ash and grew up in Cilfynydd, near Pontypridd. He decided to become an actor after watching From Russia with Love at a cinema in Treforest with a cousin. A few years later he took night courses at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts in North London, before being accepted at Rose Bruford College, where he graduated in 1976.
He appeared as Harold Wilson in the 2005 Channel 4 drama Longford and as Hermann Göring in the 2006 BBC drama-documentary Nuremberg: Nazis on Trial. In 2007, he co-starred alongside Genevieve O'Reilly and Geraldine James in the ITV1 drama The Time of Your Life, in which he played a father whose 36-year-old daughter is recovering from an 18-year coma. In his early career, he frequently appeared in Welsh television and films, for example as Edgar Evans in the 1984 TV film Terra Nova, and as a soldier in Karl Francis's Milwr Bychan (1987). Even in more recent years, he has often portrayed Welsh characters, such as Owen Glendower in the 2012 BBC adaptation of Henry IV, Part I.
In 2010, Pugh appeared as Tony in the two-part Doctor Who story comprising the episodes "The Hungry Earth" and "Cold Blood". He had a leading role in a 2008 episode of Torchwood, another BBC Wales production.
In 2011 Pugh became Judge Patrick Coburn in Justice. The following year he joined HBO's Game of Thrones in the recurring role of Craster. In 2013 he portrayed Baron Rivers in The White Queen. Pugh played Jack Reynolds in Doctor Foster, and in 2016 joined the cast of Mr Selfridge as Lord Wynstay, another Welsh character.
- SOS Titanic (1980) UK/US Made for TV movie as James Farrell
- Inseminoid (1981) as Roy
- Nighthawks (1981) as Kenna
- Britannia Hospital (1982) as Picket
- Giro City (1982) as John Williams
- Milwr Bychan (1984) as RSM
- The Angry Earth (1989) as Emlyn
- Old Scores (1991) as Bleddyn Morgan
- Priest (1994) as Mr Unsworth
- The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain (1995) as Williams the Petroleum
- The Near Room (1995) as Eddie Harte
- Different for Girls (1996) as DS Cole
- The Tichbourne Claimant (1998) as The Claimant
- The Testimony of Taliesin Jones (2000) as Handycott
- Enigma (2001) as Skynner
- Happy Now? (2001) as Hank Thomas
- The Intended (2002) as Le Blanc
- Undertaking Betty (2002) as Hugh Rhys-Jones
- Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003) as John Allen
- Kinky Boots (2005) as Harold Price
- Kingdom of Heaven (2005) as Godfrey's Elder Brother (director's cut)
- The Last Legion (2007) as Kustennin
- Goodnight Irene (2008) as Alex
- The Ghost Writer (2010) as Richard Rycart
- Robin Hood (2010) as Baron Baldwin
- West Is West (2010) as Mr Jordan
- Hunky Dory (2012) as Headmaster
- Love Bite (2012) as Sergent Rooney
- Metamorphosis (2012) as Mr Samsa
- The Thirteenth Tale (2013)
- Colette (2018)
- Eternal Beauty (2019) as Dennis
- Survivors: "Mad Dog" (1977)
- Danger UXB (1979)
- The Bill: Woodentop (1983)
- Amy (1984)
- Brookside (1985)
- Casualty (1986, 1987)
- Inspector Morse: "Absolute Conviction" (1992)
- Telltale (1993) as Billy Hodge
- Resort to Murder (1995)
- The Bill: "Powerless" (1995)
- Drovers' Gold (1997)
- Dangerfield: "Inappropriate Adults" (1997)
- The Lakes (1997–99)
- Silent Witness (1999)
- French and Saunders: "Witless Silence" (1999)
- Sword of Honour (2001) as Brigadier Ritchie-Hook
- In A Land Of Plenty (2001)
- Plots with a View (2002)
- Clocking Off (2002)
- Prime Suspect: "The Last Witness" (2003)
- Hustle (2004)
- New Tricks (2005)
- Agatha Christie's Marple: "A Murder is Announced" (2005)
- Shameless (2005)
- Prime Suspect: "The Final Act" (2006)
- Nuremberg: Nazis on Trial as Hermann Göring (2006)
- Longford (2006)
- Agatha Christie's Poirot: "Cards on the Table" (2006)
- Torchwood: "Adrift" (2008)
- Into the Storm (2009)
- Doctor Who: "The Hungry Earth" and "Cold Blood" (2010)
- Justice: "1.5" (2011)
- The Shadow Line (2011) as Bob Foster
- Midsomer Murders: "The Sleeper Under the Hill" (2011) as Caradoc Singer (2011)
- Shameless (2012)
- Game of Thrones as Craster (2012–2013)
- Henry IV, Part I (2012) as Glendower
- Murder: Joint Venture (2013) as DI Sheehy
- The White Queen (2013) as Baron Rivers
- Inspector George Gently: "Gently Between The Lines" (2014) as Chief Lewington
- Undeniable: (2014) as Pete
- Common (2014) as Detective Inspector Hastings
- Atlantis (2014) as Lord Sarpedon
- Doctor Foster (2015) as Jack Reynolds
- Mr Selfridge (2016) as Lord Wynnstay
- Damilola, Our Loved Boy (2016) as DCI Nick Ephgrave
- The Repair Shop (2018) narrator
- "Game of Thrones actor falls for Bermuda". The Royal Gazette. Retrieved 29 September 2016 – via royalgazette.com.
- "Mr Nice v Mr Nazi; Robert Pugh reveals why he'd rather play Goering than an affable cop: Nuremberg – Nazis on Trial". Retrieved 29 September 2016 – via thefreelibrary.com.
- "Cast confirmed for BBC Two's cycle of Shakespeare films" (Press release). BBC Drama Publicity. 24 November 2011. Archived from the original on 30 December 2011. Retrieved 20 July 2012.
- "Creative casting: Shakespeare featuring Game of Thrones actors". The Bardolator. 24 October 2014. Retrieved 29 September 2016.
- Bond, Christian (28 August 2015). "19 Game of Thrones Actors Who Appeared on Doctor Who". Hollywood.com. Retrieved 29 September 2016.
- "Robert Pugh in TV drama Justice". 1 April 2011. Retrieved 29 September 2016 – via walesonline.co.uk.
- "Game of Thrones: Meet Craster (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 29 September 2016.
- Harvey, Interview by Chris. "Robert Pugh: 'The White Queen is more interesting than Game of Thrones because it's real'". The Telegraph. Retrieved 29 September 2016 – via telegraph.co.uk.
- "Meet the cast of Doctor Foster". Radio Times. Retrieved 29 September 2016.
- "Meet the cast of Mr Selfridge series four". Radio Times. Retrieved 29 September 2016.