Green in September 2015
18 December 1964 |
Hexham, Northumberland, England
|Occupation||Actor, angler, singer, songwriter, presenter|
(m. 1991; div. 1999)
(m. 2001; div. 2011)
Robson Golightly Green (born 18 December 1964) is an English actor, angler, singer, songwriter, and presenter.
Green portrayed Fusilier Dave Tucker in Soldier Soldier (1991–95) and Dr. Tony Hill in Wire in the Blood (2002–08). He also presented Extreme Fishing, Extreme Fishing Challenge, and Tales from Northumberland, as well as playing hospital porter Jimmy Powell in BBC drama series Casualty. He currently plays Detective Inspector Geordie Keating on ITV's Grantchester. He was one half of the singing duo Robson & Jerome, who had several No. 1 singles in the 1990s.
Robson Golightly was born on 18 December 1964 in Dilston Hospital in Hexham, Northumberland, and grew up in Dudley, a small mining village near Cramlington. His father, also named Robson Green, was a miner, and his mother Anne was a cleaner and shopkeeper. He was named in the Northeast tradition of naming the first son after family surnames: Robson was his paternal grandmother's maiden name, while his middle name, Golightly, is the surname of his maternal grandmother, Cissie Golightly, daughter of William Golightly, a miner and well-known trade union leader in the 1920s.
Green attended Dudley Middle Comprehensive School. After being inspired by jets flying overhead, he decided he wanted to join the Royal Air Force, and at the age of 16, he joined the Air Training Corps, though he decided against a career in the RAF after two weeks at an officer training camp. He also learned to play the guitar, later forming his first band, Solid State, in 1982. He also spent one night a week at the Backworth Drama Centre, and appeared in a series of productions at both school and Backworth.
Green left school aged 16 with five O-levels, and joined Swan Hunter's shipyard as a draughtsman. On one occasion, he also tried his hand at professional boxing. He attended three boxing training sessions for the play Francie Nichol, in which he played a boxer. After two years at Swan's, Green decided on a career in acting. After auditioning, he began training under the tutelage of artistic director Max Roberts, his previous director at Backworth. During his training, he continued his musical career, as a member of a successful local band, the Workie Tickets.
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Growing up in Tyneside, Green was chosen to be the lead in a film made by Amber Films that narrated the contemporaneous social problems faced by working-class people in Thatcher's Britain. Each episode examined one aspect of living in a harsh and embittered environment. The soap opera gave Green his big break in film. It was quickly followed by offers of work. Green first made his name as an actor in the BBC series Casualty, but after three series, moved to national prominence as fusilier Dave Tucker in the drama series Soldier Soldier.
In 1995, one episode called for Green and co-star Jerome Flynn to sing Unchained Melody. Subsequently, ITV was inundated by people wanting to buy the song and the pair were persuaded by Simon Cowell to release it as a single – a double A-side with White Cliffs of Dover. It stayed at No. 1 for seven weeks in the UK Singles Chart, selling more than 1.8 million copies and making it the best-selling single of the year and winning the duo the Music Week Awards in 1996 for best single and best album. Subsequently, they had two further No. 1 singles and two No. 1 albums, all remakes of standards.
The song gave Green the opportunity to sign a long-term deal with ITV to star in several of the network's dramas, including Touching Evil, Grafters and Reckless. In 1996, he set up an independent production company, Coastal Productions, with business partner Sandra Jobling to give youngsters from the North East the opportunities he struggled for. The company has since produced or co-produced most of Green's television work, as well as local productions at the Theatre Royal in Newcastle upon Tyne. In 2002, Green starred as clinical psychologist Dr. Tony Hill in the crime drama Wire in the Blood.
Green's production company has brought at least four new dramas to the small screen in recent years, including the massive ratings hit Christmas Lights. The success of this one-off drama led to a series being commissioned under the name Northern Lights, which was followed by a sequel called City Lights. Coastal also produces drama series, including Hereafter starring showbiz couple Stephen Tompkinson and Dervla Kirwan.
In 1995, Green won the Smash Hits Poll Winner's Party award for Favourite TV Actor. In 1997, Green starred in the TV film, The Student Prince which is no relation to either the Romberg operetta or the 1954 MGM film.
In July 1998, Green received an honorary degree from the University of Northumbria and, in September 2006, he was voted by the UK general public at No. 35 in a poll of TV's greatest stars.
In 2002, Green starred with Caroline Goodall in the TV movie Me and Mrs. Jones. In December 2002, he released his first solo album, Moment In Time, which was composed of cover versions (including the song "Me and Mrs. Jones"). However, unlike his releases with Jerome Flynn, the album was a commercial failure, peaking at No. 49 in the UK.
In 2003, Green starred in the ITV mini-series Unconditional Love and in the BBC television series Trust. In 2005, he starred in two series, Like Father Like Son, and Rocket Man in which he played a widower trying to build a rocket to send his dead wife's ashes into space.
Green presents his own series Extreme Fishing with Robson Green and the spin-off Robson's Extreme Fishing Challenge, where he travels over the world investigating and participating in the sport, coining fishing catchphrases such as "get in" and "we're in". During 2009, while promoting the second series on BBC Breakfast, Green claimed that 90% of all coarse fish caught by anglers die. This rapidly caused an angry response from coarse fishing anglers in the UK who believed this comment to be unsubstantiated and potentially damaging to the sport.
In December 2009, ITV presented the documentary Robson Green's Wild Swimming Adventure, a tour of swimming locales around the UK. In July 2010, Green began filming the seventh series of BBC drama Waterloo Road appearing from May 2011 to July 2011.
In October 2013, Green began presenting Tales from Northumberland with Robson Green on ITV, a factual series about his home county of Northumberland. A second series began airing in February 2015 and a third in February 2016.
In March 2016, during an appearance on The One Show, Green confirmed he would present a new series for ITV called Tales from the Coast with Robson Green, which began airing in January 2017. In April 2016, he presented one-off documentary The Flying Scotsman with Robson Green. He presented one-off documentary Robson Crusoe: A Surprising Adventure and a six-part series called Robson Green's Coastal Lives, both for ITV.
Green will appear in the BBC's Age Before Beauty.
Green is a long-time Newcastle United FC supporter.
Green was introduced to occupational therapist Alison Ogilvie by his close friend, television director Andrew Gunn. They married on 22 June 1991, but separated eight years later. Green met his second wife, former Page 3 model Vanya Seager, while recording Unchained Melody at BMG Records in 1995. They later had a son, Taylor Seager-Green (born 2000). In 2001, the couple married at Cliveden House in Buckinghamshire after a family celebration in Mauritius. On 30 October 2011, the couple issued a statement saying that their marriage had "irretrievably broken down" and that they were separating.
|1989||A Night on the Tyne||Dudley|
|2002||Me & Mrs Jones||Liam Marple|
|1989–1992||Casualty||Jimmy Powell||BBC One|
|1991–1995||Soldier Soldier||Fusilier Dave Tucker||ITV|
|1995||The Gambling Man||Rory Connor|
|Ain't Misbehavin||Eric Trapp||BBC One|
|1997–1999||Touching Evil||D.I. Dave Creegan||ITV|
|1998||Reckless: The Sequel||Owen Springer|
|The Prince of Hearts||Barry Grimes|
|2000||The Last Musketeer||Steve McTear|
|Blind Ambition||Richard Thomas||ITV|
|Close and True||John Close|
|2001||Take Me||Jack Chambers|
|2002–2008||Wire in the Blood||Dr. Tony Hill||ITV|
|2003||Unconditional Love||Pete Gray|
|Trust||Stephen Bradley||BBC One|
|2004||The Afternoon Play||Oliver Barrett|
|2004–2008||Northern Lights||Colin Armstrong||ITV|
|2004||City Lights||Colin Armstrong|
|2005||Like Father Like Son||Dominic Milne|
|Rocket Man||George Stevenson||BBC One|
|2007||Little Devil||Will Crowe||ITV|
|2008–2011||Extreme Fishing with Robson Green||Himself||Channel 5|
|2009||Robson Green's Wild Swimming Adventure||Himself||ITV|
|2010||Joe Maddison's War||Harry Crawford|
|2011||Being Human||McNair||BBC Three|
|Waterloo Road||Rob Scotcher||BBC One|
|2012||Mount Pleasant||Chris||Sky Living|
|2012–2014||Robson's Extreme Fishing Challenge||Himself||Channel 5|
|2013||Robson Green: How The North Was Built||Himself||ITV|
|2013–2015||Strike Back||Lt. Colonel Philip Locke||Sky1|
|2013–2016||Tales from Northumberland with Robson Green||Himself||ITV|
|2014||Robson Green: Extreme Fisherman||Himself||Quest|
|2016||The Flying Scotsman with Robson Green||Himself|
|2017||Robson Crusoe: A Surprising Adventure||Himself|
|Tales from the Coast with Robson Green||Himself|
|Robson Green's Coastal Lives||Himself|
|2018||Age Before Beauty||Teddy||BBC One|
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- "Famous Cadets". Air Cadets. Retrieved 26 April 2010.
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- Yvonne Swan (5 May 2012). "Me and my school photo: Robson Green remembers taking the lead role aged seven and working in a shipyard". Daily Mail Weekend Magazine p.12.
- Shields Stories. Amber Films. 1988.
- Award-winning start? There is no explanation on the website why two awards were won in 1987, and therefore before the release date.
- "Robson Green live on Breakfast". BBC. 4 December 2002. Retrieved 28 October 2006.
- "Profile:Robson Green". uktv.co.uk. Archived from the original on 10 October 2006. Retrieved 28 October 2006.
- Smash Hits Poll Winners Party. Hosted by Andi Peters and Dani Behr. 3 December 1995. BBC One.
- IMDb title|id=0124078|title=The Student Prince
- "Anglers' fury about actor's ignorant comments". Martin James Fishing.
- "Green, Benton join 'Waterloo Road'". Digital Spy.
- Fulton, Rick (20 January 2011). "Robson Green: I stepped out of my comfort zone to play werewolf in Being Human...and loved it". dailyrecord. Retrieved 25 August 2017.
- "Tales from Northumberland – Shiver". Retrieved 3 March 2017.
- "ITV drama Grantchester unveils cast". 25 March 2014. Retrieved 3 March 2017.
- "Cameras roll for second series of ITV's 'Grantchester'". Retrieved 3 March 2017.
- "Robson Green and Page 3 wife Vanya Seager split". Retrieved 21 October 2011.
- American opinion of RG Retrieved 3 August 2016
- "Shields Stories (1988)". Retrieved 3 March 2017.
- "BBC – Casting announced for new BBC One drama Age Before Beauty – Media Centre". www.bbc.co.uk.