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Andrew James Clutterbuck

(1973-09-14) 14 September 1973 (age 49)
London, England
Alma mater Royal Academy of Dramatic Art
Occupation Actor
Years active 1994–present
Known for Love Actually (2003)
The Walking Dead (2010–2018)
Gael Anderson
(m. 2006)
Children 2

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 recognition for his portrayal of Rick Grimes, the lead character on the 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 spinoff of The Walking Dead television series that is set to be released after the main series concludes.

Early life

Clutterbuck was born on 14 September 1973 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.


1994–2010: Early success

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.

2010–2018: 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 were delayed. On June 22, 2022 during AMC's The Walking Dead panel at San Diego Comic-Con, it was announced that the Rick Grimes Trilogy will be replaced with 6-hour show starring both Lincoln and Danai Gurira.

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".

2019–present: Further roles

In 2019, Lincoln was cast in and filmed his first non-The Walking Dead role since 2010 in the drama Penguin Bloom.

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 (born 2007) and Arthur (born 2010).

He was educated 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."


Lincoln has appeared in a video in support of the Robin Hood tax in 2014. Along with others involved in the video he has encouraged the public to get behind the measure, noting its "incredible support from people across Europe."



Year Film Role Notes Ref.
1995 Boston Kickout Ted
1998 Understanding Jane Party Stonehead 1
1999 A Man's Best Friend Man Short film
Human Traffic Felix
2000 Gangster No. 1 Maxie King
Offending Angels Sam
2003 Love Actually Mark
2004 Enduring Love TV Producer
2006 These Foolish Things Christopher Lovell
Hey Good Looking! Paul
Scenes of a ... Jamie
2010 Heartbreaker Jonathan
Made in Dagenham Mr Clarke
2020 Penguin Bloom Cameron Bloom
Films that have not yet been released Denotes films that have not yet been released


Year Title Role Notes Ref.
1994 Drop the Dead Donkey Terry Episode: "Births and Deaths"
1995 N7 Andy Unaired pilot
1996 Over Here Cappy 2 episodes
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
State of Mind Julian Latimer 3 episodes
The Canterbury Tales Alan King Episode: "The Man of Law's Tale"
2004 Lie With Me DI Will Tomlinson 2 episodes
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
The Things I Haven't Told You DC Rae Television film
Moonshot Michael Collins
2010 Strike Back Hugh Collinson 6 episodes
2010–2018 The Walking Dead Rick Grimes 103 episodes
2014 Tigers About the House Narrator (voice) 4 episodes
2017 Red Nose Day Actually Mark Television short
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?"
2022 Guillermo del Toro's Cabinet of Curiosities Edgar Bradley Episode: "The Murmuring"
2023 Untitled The Walking Dead Spin off Rick Grimes Upcoming miniseries; also executive producer


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
2020 A Christmas Carol Ebenezer Scrooge The Old Vic Jack Thorne

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Result Work Ref.
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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