Andrew Lincoln

Andrew Lincoln
Lincoln at the San Diego Comic-Con International in 2018
Born Andrew James Clutterbuck
(1973-09-14) 14 September 1973
London, England, United Kingdom
Alma mater Royal Academy of Dramatic Art
Occupation Actor
Years active 1994–present
Known for Love Actually (2003)
The Walking Dead (2010–present)
Gael Anderson (m. 2006)
Children 2

Andrew James Clutterbuck (born 14 September 1973),[1] better known by his stage name Andrew Lincoln, is an English actor. His first major role was in the BBC drama This Life,[2] followed by roles such as Simon Casey in the Channel 4 sitcom Teachers and Mark in the Christmas-themed romantic comedy film Love Actually (2003). More recently, he is known for his portrayal of Rick Grimes, the lead character in the AMC post-apocalyptic horror television series—based on the eponymous comic book seriesThe Walking Dead.

Early life

Andrew Clutterbuck was born in London,[3] the son of an English civil engineer and a South African nurse.[4][5] His family moved to Hull when he was 18 months old, and then to Bath, Somerset when he was eight or nine.[3] 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!.[6][7] He spent a summer at the National Youth Theatre in London and became interested in acting as a career.[8] 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.[9]


In 1994, Lincoln made his first on-screen appearance in "Births and Deaths", an episode of the Channel 4 sitcom Drop the Dead Donkey.[10] 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.[11][12] 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,[13][14] most notably as probationary teacher Simon Casey in the successful Channel 4 sitcom Teachers.[15] 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.[16]

Lincoln appeared in several films such as Human Traffic and Gangster No. 1 and starred alongside Vanessa Paradis in Pascal Chaumeil's Heartbreaker.[17] In particular, his role as Mark in the 2003 film Love Actually gained him wider recognition.[18]

In addition, Lincoln has performed in plays, including Hushabye Mountain in 1999,[19] the widely praised Blue/Orange in 2000 and 2001,[20][21] The Late Henry Moss in 2006,[22] the Parlour Song in 2009,[6] as well as radio productions.[23] He has done voice-overs for documentaries, advertisements, and government campaigns.[2] He directed two episodes in the third series of Teachers for which he received a BAFTA nomination for Best New Director (Fiction) in 2004.[9][24]

Andrew Lincoln narrates the fictional textbook, Quidditch Through the Ages, written by fictional writer Kennilworthy Whisp, created by JK Rowling.

The Walking Dead

In April 2010, Lincoln was cast as Rick Grimes,[25] the protagonist[26] of AMC's live-action adaptation of the post-apocalyptic horror comic book television series The Walking Dead.[27] 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 hostile humans.[28] 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 sixth seasons.[29][30][31] In 2010, Lincoln signed up for the show for a potential six years.[32] He has since renegotiated a deal for two further seasons.[33] In May 2018, it was reported that the ninth season of The Walking Dead will be the final season for Lincoln.[34]

Lincoln has received critical acclaim for his portrayal of Rick Grimes in The Walking Dead, and has won several and been nominated for numerous awards. Jacob Stolworthy from The Independent, whilst commenting on his performance in the first episode of season 7, "The Day Will Come When You Won't Be", 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."[35] In 2012 and 2015, TVLine spotlighted Lincoln as "Performer of the Week" for his performance in the fourth episode of season 3 ("Killer Within")[36] and fifteenth episode of season 5 ("Try"), respectively, saying, for 2015, "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."[37]

Personal life

On 10 June 2006, Lincoln married Gael Anderson, daughter of Ian Anderson, flautist and vocalist of Jethro Tull. They have two children, Matilda and Arthur.[38]



Year Film Role Notes
1995 Boston Kickout Ted
1998 Understanding Jane Party Stonehead 1
1999 A Man's Best Friend Man Short film
1999 Human Traffic Felix
2000 Gangster No. 1 Maxie King
2000 Offending Angels Sam
2003 Love Actually Mark
2004 Enduring Love TV Producer
2006 These Foolish Things Christopher Lovell
2006 Hey Good Looking! Paul
2006 Scenes of a Sexual Nature Jamie
2010 Heartbreaker Jonathan
2010 Made in Dagenham Mr. Clarke


Year Title Role Notes
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
2009 Moonshot Michael Collins
2010 Strike Back Hugh Collinson 6 episodes
2010–present The Walking Dead Rick Grimes 98 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?"


Year Title Role Location Playwright
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)
Joe Penhall
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

Awards and nominations

2004British Academy Television AwardsBest New Director (Fiction)NominatedTeachers
Phoenix Film Critics Society AwardBest Ensemble ActingNominatedLove Actually
Empire AwardsBest NewcomerNominated
2007Golden Nymph AwardOutstanding Actor – Drama SeriesWonAfterlife
2010IGN Summer Movie AwardBest TV HeroWonThe Walking Dead
2011Saturn AwardsBest Actor on TelevisionNominated
Scream AwardsBest Horror ActorNominated
2012Satellite AwardsBest Ensemble – Television (Special Achievement Award) Won
2013Saturn AwardsBest Actor on TelevisionNominated
Critics' Choice Television AwardBest Actor in a Drama SeriesNominated
TV Guide AwardFavorite ActorNominated
2014People's Choice AwardFavorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV ActorNominated
Favorite TV Anti-HeroWon
2015Saturn AwardsBest Actor on TelevisionWon
Fangoria Chainsaw AwardsBest TV ActorNominated
2016Saturn AwardsBest Actor on TelevisionNominated
Teen Choice AwardsChoice TV Actor: Fantasy/Sci-FiNominated
2017People's Choice AwardsFavorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV ActorNominated
Saturn AwardsBest Actor on TelevisionWon[39]
2018Saturn AwardsBest Actor on TelevisionNominated[40]


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