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Andrew Lincoln
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Lincoln at the San Diego Comic-Con International in 2018
Born 14 September 1973 (1973-09-14) (age 48)
London, England
Occupation Actor
Known for Love Actually (2003)
The Walking Dead (2010–2018)
Spouse 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).

Beginning in 2010, Lincoln gained fame for his portrayal of Rick Grimes, the lead character in the hit AMC post-apocalyptic horror television series The Walking Dead. Lincoln continued playing the role of Rick Grimes until leaving the show in November 2018.

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

Lincoln in October 2012

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 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.[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 then renegotiated a deal for two further seasons.[33] Lincoln appeared on the show for the final time on 4 November 2018,[34] having previously stated that he wished to spend more time with his children.[35]

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".[36] 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[37] and again in 2017.[38]

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")[39] 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."[40] 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: 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".[41] Template:Check quotation

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.[42]


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  19. Matt Wolf (9 May 1999). "Review: 'Hushabye Mountain'". Variety. Archived from the original on 7 April 2014. https://variety.com/1999/film/reviews/hushabye-mountain-1200457916/. 
  20. Billington, Michael (15 April 2000). "Blue/Orange". The Guardian. Archived from the original on 20 May 2016. https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2000/apr/15/theatre.artsfeatures. 
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