Andrew Lincoln –

Lincoln in The Walking Dead.

About Andrew Lincoln (1973 – ____)

Andrew Clutterbuck, better known by his stage name Andrew Lincoln, was born in London, the son of an English civil engineer and a South African nurse. His family moved to Hull when he was 18 months old, and then to Bath when he was eight or nine. 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!. He spent a summer at the National Youth Theatre in London and became interested in acting as a career. After leaving school, he studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts and began to use "Andrew Lincoln" as his stage name.

Lincoln made his first on-screen appearance in "Births and Deaths", a 1994 episode of Channel 4 sitcom Drop the Dead Donkey. 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. 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, most notably as probationary teacher Simon Casey in the successful Channel 4 sitcom Teachers. 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.

Lincoln appeared in several films such as Human Traffic and Gangster No. 1 and starred alongside Vanessa Paradis in Pascal Chaumeil's Heartbreaker. In particular, his role as Mark in the 2003 film Love Actually gained him wider recognition.

Lincoln has also performed in plays, including Hushabye Mountain in 1999, the widely praised Blue/Orange in 2000 and 2001, The Late Henry Moss in 2006, the Parlour Song in 2009, as well as radio productions. He has done voice-overs for documentaries, advertisements, and government campaigns. He directed two episodes in the third series of Teachers for which he won a BAFTA nomination for Best New Director (Fiction) in 2004.

In April 2010, Lincoln was cast as Rick Grimes, the protagonist of AMC's live-action adaptation of the comic book series The Walking Dead. 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. 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. In 2010, Lincoln signed up for the show for a potential six years. He has since renegotiated a deal for two further seasons.

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." 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."

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. Apple Martin (daughter of Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin) was the flower girl at their wedding.

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. He is now the head of Kings Oak Academy in Kingswood.

Andrew Lincoln's movie credits include...

Year Movie Role
1995Boston KickoutTed
1998Understanding JaneParty Stoner
1999A Man's Best FriendMan
1999Human TrafficFelix
2000Gangster No. 1Maxie King
2000Offending AngelsSam
2003Love ActuallyMark
2004Enduring LoveTV producer
2006These Foolish ThingsChristopher Lovell
2006Hey Good Looking!Paul
2006Scenes of a Sexual NatureJamie
2010Made in DagenhamMr. Clarke

Andrew Lincoln's television credits include...

Year Show/Series Role
1994Drop the Dead DonkeyTerry
1996Over HereCaddy
1996BramwellMartin Fredericks
1996–97This LifeEdgar "Egg" Cook
1997The Woman in WhiteWalter Hartright
2000BomberCaptain Willy Byrne
2000A Likeness in StoneRichard Kirschman
2001–03TeachersSimon Casey
2003Trevor's World of SportMark Boden
2003State of MindJulian Latimer
2003The Canterbury TalesAlan King
2004Holby CityPatient's Boyfriend
2004Lie With MeDI Will Tomlinson
2004Whose Baby?Barry Flint
2005–06AfterlifeRobert Bridge
2007This Life + 10Edgar "Egg" Cook
2009Wuthering HeightsEdgar Linton
2009The Things I Haven't Told YouDC Rae
2009MoonshotMichael Collins
2010Strike BackHugh Collinson
2010–presentThe Walking DeadRick Grimes
2017Red Nose Day, ActuallyMark

Memorable Quotes by Andrew Lincoln

“ I don't really have any regrets because if I choose not to do something there is usually a very good reason. Once I've made the decision I don't view it as a missed opportunity, just a different path. ”

“ Just to have the opportunity to play an American in America is a dream come true for me. ”

“ I'm not going to pretend I'm some saint, because I'm not. ”

“ I'm like a magpie. I use lots of different things to build a character. ”

“ I spend my working life pretending to be someone else. ”

“ I don't feel that fear is a good incentive on a film set. ”

Things You May Not Know About Andrew Lincoln

His voice is familiar in the UK as he provides voice-overs for both television and radio advertising, as well as narration for documentaries.

In 2004, Empire Magazine nominated Andrew for a Best Newcomer award for his performance as Mark in Richard Curtis's film Love Actually.

Andrew is a supporter of Shelter, the British charity for the homeless.

In 2001, Andrew went to Ghana for a month with Voluntary Services Overseas to experience how volunteers and development agencies work first hand.

He is close friends with Walking Dead co-star Norman Reedus.

His brother is a teacher and he went to school with him for a few weeks to research his part in Teachers.

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Andrew Lincoln in Wuthering Heights (2009)... top picture with Charlotte Riley.
Lincoln with Zöe Tapper in These Foolish Things (2006).
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Andrew Lincoln and Tara Fitzgerald in The Woman in White (1997).
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Lincoln as Rick Grimes in The Walking Dead (2010-Present)... top picture with Danai Gurira... fourth picture with Chandler Riggs... fifth picture with Michael Cudlitz, Sonequa Martin-Green, and Josh McDermitt... sixth picture with Melissa McBride, Chandler Riggs, Major Dodson, and Katelyn Nacon... eighth picture with Emily Kinney... ninth picture with Owen Harn... tenth picture with Norman Reedus... eleventh picture with Sarah Wayne-Callies... bottom picture with Steven Yeun and Max Calder.
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Lincoln in Strike Back (2010)... bottom picture with Jodhi May.
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With Holly Aird in Scenes of a Sexual Nature (2006).
In Offending Angels (2000).
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With Keira Knightley in Love Actually (2003).
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Andrew Lincoln in L'arnacoeur (aka Heartbreaker) (2010)... middle
picture with Vanessa Paradis... bottom picture with Juliette Van der Becq.