Andrew James Clutterbuck (born 14 September 1973), better known by his stage name Andrew Lincoln, is an English actor. He is best known for his portrayal of Rick Grimes on the AMC horror drama series The Walking Dead (2010–present). He first came to public attention as Egg in the BBC drama This Life (1996–1997), followed by roles such as Simon in the Channel 4 sitcom Teachers (2001–2004) and Mark in the romantic comedy film Love Actually (2003).
Lincoln was born in London, the son of an English civil engineer father and a South African nurse mother. His family moved to Kingston upon Hull when he was 18 months old, and then to Bath, Somerset when he was eight or nine. Lincoln 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 spent a summer at the National Youth Theatre in London and became interested in acting as a career. After leaving school, he studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA) and began to use “Andrew Lincoln” as his stage name.
Lincoln made his first on-screen appearance in “Births and Deaths”, a 1994 episode of Channel 4 sitcom Drop the Dead Donkey. In 1995, soon after finishing drama school, he was offered 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 2010 Sky One series Strike Back with Richard Armitage.
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 to film and television, Lincoln also performed in the theatre. He appeared in a number of plays, including the stage production of 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 also works as a voice-over artist, providing voice-overs for adverts and media campaigns, as well as narration for numerous documentaries. He also directed two episodes in the third series of Teachers for which he won a BAFTA nomination for Best New Director (Fiction) in 2004.
In April 2010, Lincoln was cast as Rick Grimes, the protagonist of AMC’s live-action adaptation of the comic book series The Walking Dead. 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 nonstop evil, in the form of flesh-eating zombies and even more dangerous humans. The drama has the highest Nielsen ratings in cable history, having broken all previous records. Lincoln has signed up for the show for a potential six years.
On 10 June 2006, Lincoln married Gael Anderson, daughter of Jethro Tull vocalist Ian Anderson. They have two children. Apple Martin (daughter of Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin) was the flower girl at their wedding.
Lincoln’s older brother, Richard Clutterbuck, heads the Bristol Free School.