Robert Lindsay was born Robert Lindsay Stevenson on December 13, 1949 in Ilkeston, Derbyshire, UK.
After graduating from high-school, Robert intended to become a drama teacher - however on the urging of his friends at the Nottingham Playhouse, he decided to apply to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA) instead. He was accepted into RADA in 1968 on a government grant.
He first became a household name in the UK, as "Wolfie" in the 1977 sitcom 'Citizen Smith'. Since then, he has appeared in numerous TV series, feature films and stage productions and has won not just an long list of acting awards on both sides of the Atlantic, but a well-deserved reputation as "a pre-eminent British Actor brilliant and inimitable".
Best known for his singing, dancing and affable clowning, Robert is a heavyweight Shakespearean having performed, among many others, "Fabian" in 'Twelfth Night', "Lysander" in 'A Midsummer Nights Dream, "Iachimo" in 'Cymbeline'; "Edmund" in 'King Lear' and "Benedick" in 'Much Ado About Nothing' for BBC television.
Robert was ushered to Hollywood via the Tony Award-winning success of 'Me and My Girl' opposite Emma Thompson. The movie 'Bert Rigby, You're a Fool' (1989) was specifically designed to showcase his delightful song-and-dance talents and show-off his charm and magnetism that scored so well with audiences.
In 1990 he appeared in the comedy film 'Strike It Rich', and then returned to television for two comedies 'Nightingales' and 'GBH' for which he won the BAFTA award for Best Actor. He played the part of "Otto Schatz" in the film 'Genghis Cohn' in 1993, working with Antony Sher and Diana Rigg. Next followed three more television series 'The Wimbledon Poisoner' (1994), 'Jakes Progress' (1995) for which he received a BAFTA nomination for Best Actor and 'The Office' (1996). He also played "Captain Pellew" in the hugely popular dramatisations of C S Foresters, Horatio Hornblower novels 'Hornblower', with Ioan Gruffudd and Jamie Bamber.
At the end of 1999 Robert played the role of "Fagin" in ITVs production of 'Oliver Twist'. In 2000, he was seen on Victoria Woods Christmas special for the BBC playing "Bob Cratchit" alongside other stars, including Derek Jacobi, Richard E Grant and Alan Rickman in 'Victoria Wood with All the Trimmings'.
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