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Andrew James Clutterbuck
(1973-09-14) 14 September 1973
|Alma mater||Royal Academy of Dramatic Art|
|Known for||Love Actually (2003)
The Walking Dead (2010–2018)
Andrew James Clutterbuck (born 14 September 1973), known professionally as Andrew Lincoln, is an English actor. His first major role was as the character Egg in the BBC drama This Life (1996–1997). Lincoln later portrayed Simon Casey in the Channel 4 sitcom Teachers (2001–2003), Mark in the Christmas-themed romantic comedy film Love Actually (2003) and Dr. Robert Bridge in the ITV television series Afterlife (2005–2006).
Beginning in 2010, Lincoln gained international fame for his portrayal of Rick Grimes, the lead character on the hit AMC post-apocalyptic horror television series The Walking Dead. For his portrayal of Rick Grimes, Lincoln won the Saturn Award for Best Actor on Television in 2015 and 2017. He departed the cast of The Walking Dead in 2018, but is set to reprise his role as Rick in a trilogy of The Walking Dead films that will be distributed by Universal Pictures.
Andrew Clutterbuck 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, Somerset 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 named John Scrine and Tony Lawdham as two teachers that encouraged him the most. After leaving school, he studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) drama school and began to use "Andrew Lincoln" as his stage name.
In 1994, Lincoln made his TV debut in "Births and Deaths", an episode of the Channel 4 sitcom Drop the Dead Donkey. In 1995, soon after finishing drama school, he made his breakthrough with 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 Sky 1 series Strike Back with Richard Armitage in 2010.
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.
In addition, Lincoln has 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 received a BAFTA nomination for Best New Director (Fiction) in 2004.
The Walking Dead
In April 2010, Lincoln was cast as Rick Grimes, the protagonist of AMC's live-action television series adaptation of the post-apocalyptic horror comic book The Walking Dead. Grimes is a sheriff's deputy who awakens from a month-long coma in the midst of a 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 hostile humans. In 2010, Lincoln signed up for the show for a potential six years. He then renegotiated a deal for two further seasons. Lincoln appeared on the show for the final time on 4 November 2018, having previously stated that he wished to spend more time with his children.
According to The New York Times, Lincoln's role on The Walking Dead made him "the center of one of the world's biggest pop culture franchises". Lincoln has received various awards and nominations for his portrayal of Rick Grimes; he won the Saturn Award for Best Actor on Television in 2015 and again in 2017.
Following Lincoln's departure from The Walking Dead it was announced on Talking Dead by Scott M. Gimple that Lincoln would reprise his role of Rick Grimes in a trilogy of feature-length films set for theatrical distribution by Universal Pictures. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the films have been delayed.
Lincoln also received critical acclaim for his work on The Walking Dead. In 2012 and 2015, TVLine spotlighted Lincoln as "Performer of the Week" for his performance in the fourth episode of season 3 ("Killer Within") and for the fifteenth episode of season 5 ("Try"), respectively. Regarding Lincoln's performance on "Try", TVLine commented, "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". Jacob Stolworthy of The Independent commented that Lincoln's performance in the first episode of season seven is "a moment where Andrew Lincoln excels, his character coming full circle".
Post The Walking Dead
He went to school in Bath, where he was childhood friends with former Exeter City manager Paul Tisdale. In 2017, Lincoln said "One of my oldest and dearest friends happens to be Paul Tisdale. So I've been watching him very avidly throughout his whole career and I've been very proud of him."
|1998||Understanding Jane||Party Stonehead 1|
|1999||A Man's Best Friend||Man||Short film|
|2000||Gangster No. 1||Maxie King|
|2004||Enduring Love||TV Producer|
|2006||These Foolish Things||Christopher Lovell|
|2006||Hey Good Looking!||Paul|
|2006||Scenes of a Sexual Nature||Jamie|
|2010||Made in Dagenham||Mr Clarke|
|2021||Penguin Bloom||Cameron Bloom|
|Denotes films that have not yet been released|
|1994||Drop the Dead Donkey||Terry||Episode: "Births and Deaths"|
|1995||N7||Andy||Unsold television pilot|
|1996||Over Here||Cappy||2 episodes|
|1996||Bramwell||Martin Fredericks||Episode: "The Return of the Betrayer"|
|1996–1997||This Life||Edgar "Egg" Cook||32 episodes|
|1997||The Woman in White||Walter Hartright||2 episodes|
|2000||Bomber||Captain Willy Byrne||Television film|
|2000–2001||Shipwrecked||Narrator (voice)||27 episodes|
|2000||A Likeness in Stone||Richard Kirschman||Television film|
|2001–2003||Teachers||Simon Casey||20 episodes
Also directed 2 episodes
|2003||Trevor's World of Sport||Mark Boden||Episode #1.1|
|2003||State of Mind||Julian Latimer||3 episodes|
|2003||The Canterbury Tales||Alan King||Episode: "The Man of Law's Tale"|
|2004||Lie With Me||DI Will Tomlinson||2 episodes|
|2004||Whose Baby?||Barry Flint||Television film|
|2005–2006||Afterlife||Robert Bridge||14 episodes|
|2007||This Life + 10||Edgar "Egg" Cook||Television special|
|2009||Wuthering Heights||Edgar Linton||2 episodes|
|2009||The Things I Haven't Told You||DC Rae||Television film|
|2010||Strike Back||Hugh Collinson||6 episodes|
|2010–2018||The Walking Dead||Rick Grimes||103 episodes|
|2014||‘’Tigers About the House (TV miniseries)”||Narrator||4 episodes|
|2017||Red Nose Day Actually||Mark||Television short|
|2017||Robot Chicken||Rick Grimes (voice)||Episode: "The Robot Chicken Walking Dead Special: Look Who's Walking"|
|2018||Fear the Walking Dead||Rick Grimes||Episode: "What's Your Story?"|
|2019||Ride with Norman Reedus||Himself||Episode: "England: A Walking Dead Reunion"|
|1998||Sugar Sugar||Joe||Bush Theatre||Simon Bent|
|1999||Hushabye Mountain||Danny||Hampstead Theatre||Jonathan Harvey|
|2000–2001||Blue/Orange||Bruce||Cottesloe Theatre (2000)
Duchess Theatre (2001)
|2002||Free||Alex||Loft (Lyttelton Theatre)||Simon Bowen|
|2006||The Late Henry Moss||Ray||Almeida Theatre||Sam Shepard|
|2009||Parlour Song||Dale||Almeida Theatre||Jez Butterworth|
|2020||A Christmas Carol||Ebenezer Scrooge||The Old Vic||Jack Thorne|
Awards and nominations
|2004||British Academy Television Awards||Best New Director (Fiction)||Nominated||Teachers|
|Phoenix Film Critics Society Award||Best Ensemble Acting||Nominated||Love Actually|
|Empire Awards||Best Newcomer||Nominated|
|2007||Golden Nymph Award||Outstanding Actor – Drama Series||Won||Afterlife|
|2010||IGN Summer Movie Award||Best TV Hero||Won||The Walking Dead|
|2011||Saturn Awards||Best Actor on Television||Nominated|
|Scream Awards||Best Horror Actor||Nominated|
|2012||Satellite Awards||Best Ensemble – Television (Special Achievement Award)||Won|
|2013||Saturn Awards||Best Actor on Television||Nominated|
|Critics' Choice Television Award||Best Actor in a Drama Series||Nominated|
|TV Guide Award||Favorite Actor||Nominated|
|2014||People's Choice Awards||Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actor||Nominated|
|Favorite TV Anti-Hero||Won|
|2015||Saturn Awards||Best Actor on Television||Won|
|Fangoria Chainsaw Awards||Best TV Actor||Nominated|
|2016||Saturn Awards||Best Actor on Television||Nominated|
|Teen Choice Awards||Choice TV Actor: Fantasy/Sci-Fi||Nominated|
|2017||People's Choice Awards||Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actor||Nominated|
|Saturn Awards||Best Actor on Television||Won|
|2018||Saturn Awards||Best Actor on Television||Nominated|
|People's Choice Awards||Best TV Actor||Nominated|
|2019||Saturn Awards||Best Actor on Television||Nominated|
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