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Robson Green
British actor and musician

Robson Green

Robson Green
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Intro British actor and musician
Is Actor Singer Songwriter Television presenter Film actor Television actor
From United Kingdom
Field Film, TV, Stage & Radio Music
Gender male
Birth 18 December 1964, Hexham, Northumberland, North East England, United Kingdom
Age 58 years
Star sign Sagittarius
Height: 1.7526 m
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Robson Golightly Green (born 18 December 1964) is an English actor, angler, singer, songwriter and presenter.

His first major TV role was as hospital porter Jimmy Powell in BBC drama series Casualty in 1989. He then went on to portray Fusilier Dave Tucker in the ITV military drama series Soldier Soldier, between 1991 and 1995. Between 2002 and 2008 he played Dr. Tony Hill in the ITV crime drama series Wire in the Blood.

As a TV presenter he has fronted shows such as Extreme Fishing, Extreme Fishing Challenge, and Tales from Northumberland. He currently plays Detective Inspector Geordie Keating on ITV's Grantchester. He was one half of the singing duo Robson & Jerome, who had several No. 1 singles in the 1990s.

Early life

Robson Golightly Green was born on 18 December 1964 in Dilston Hospital in Hexham, Northumberland, and grew up in Dudley, a small mining village south of Cramlington. His father, also named Robson Green, was a miner, and his mother Anne was a cleaner and shopkeeper. He was named in the Northeast tradition of naming the first son after family surnames: Robson was his paternal grandmother's maiden name, while his middle name, Golightly, is the surname of his maternal grandmother, Cissie Golightly, daughter of William Golightly, a miner and well-known trade union leader in the 1920s.

Green attended Dudley Middle Comprehensive School. After being inspired by jets flying overhead, he decided he wanted to join the Royal Air Force, and at the age of 16, he joined the Air Training Corps, though he decided against a career in the RAF after two weeks at an officer training camp. He also learned to play the guitar, later forming his first band, Solid State, in 1982. He also spent one night a week at the Backworth Drama Centre, and appeared in a series of productions at both school and Backworth.

Green left school aged 16 with five O-levels, and joined Swan Hunter's shipyard as a draughtsman. On one occasion, he also tried his hand at professional boxing. He attended three boxing training sessions for the play Francie Nichol, in which he played a boxer. After two years at Swan's, Green decided on a career in acting. After auditioning, he began training under the tutelage of artistic director Max Roberts, his previous director at Backworth. During his training, he continued his musical career, as a member of a successful local band, the Workie Tickets.


Growing up in Tyneside, Green was chosen to be the lead in a film made by Amber Films that narrated the contemporaneous social problems faced by working-class people in Thatcher's Britain. Each episode examined one aspect of living in a harsh and embittered environment. The soap opera gave Green his big break in film. It was quickly followed by offers of work. Green first made his name as an actor in the BBC series Casualty, but after three series, moved to national prominence as fusilier Dave Tucker in the drama series Soldier Soldier.

In 1995, one episode called for Green and co-star Jerome Flynn to sing "Unchained Melody". Subsequently, ITV was inundated by people wanting to buy the song and the pair were persuaded by Simon Cowell to release it as a single – a double A-side with "White Cliffs of Dover". It stayed at No. 1 for seven weeks in the UK Singles Chart, selling more than 1.8 million copies and making it the best-selling single of the year and winning the duo the Music Week Awards in 1996 for best single and best album. Subsequently, they had two further No. 1 singles and two No. 1 albums, all remakes of standards.

The song gave Green the opportunity to sign a long-term deal with ITV to star in several of the network's dramas, including Touching Evil, Grafters and Reckless. In 1996, he set up an independent production company, Coastal Productions, with business partner Sandra Jobling to give youngsters from the North East the opportunities he struggled for. The company has since produced or co-produced most of Green's television work, as well as local productions at the Theatre Royal in Newcastle upon Tyne. In 2002, Green starred as clinical psychologist Dr. Tony Hill in the crime drama Wire in the Blood.

Green's production company has brought at least four new dramas to the small screen in recent years, including the massive ratings hit Christmas Lights. The success of this one-off drama led to a series being commissioned under the name Northern Lights, which was followed by a sequel called City Lights. Coastal also produces drama series, including Hereafter starring Stephen Tompkinson and Dervla Kirwan.

In 1995, Green won the Smash Hits Poll Winner's Party award for Favourite TV Actor. In 1997, Green starred in the TV film, The Student Prince which is no relation to either the Romberg operetta or the 1954 MGM film.

In July 1998, Green received an honorary degree from the University of Northumbria and, in September 2006, he was voted by the UK general public at No. 35 in a poll of TV's greatest stars.

In 2000, Green starred with James Bolam, Susan Jameson and Jamie Bell in the ITV drama Close and True. In 2001, he starred in the six-part ITV drama Take Me.

In 2002, Green starred with Caroline Goodall in the TV movie Me and Mrs. Jones. In December 2002, he released his first solo album, Moment In Time, which was composed of cover versions (including the song "Me and Mrs. Jones"). However, unlike his releases with Jerome Flynn, the album was a commercial failure, peaking at No. 49 in the UK.

In 2003, Green starred in the ITV mini-series Unconditional Love and in the BBC television series Trust. In 2005, he starred in two series, Like Father Like Son, and Rocket Man in which he played a widower trying to build a rocket to send his dead wife's ashes into space.

Green presents his own series Extreme Fishing with Robson Green and the spin-off Robson's Extreme Fishing Challenge, where he travels over the world investigating and participating in the sport, coining fishing catchphrases such as "get in" and "we're in". During 2009, while promoting the second series on BBC Breakfast, Green claimed that 90% of all coarse fish caught by anglers die. This rapidly caused an angry response from coarse fishing anglers in the UK who believed this comment to be unsubstantiated and potentially damaging to the sport.

In December 2009, ITV presented the documentary Robson Green's Wild Swimming Adventure, a tour of swimming locales around the UK.

In 2010 Green had a major role in the television film Joe Maddison's War. Directed by Patrick Collerton, it presented a view of World War II through the eyes of shipyard workers and World War I veterans who served in the Home Guard during the Blitz.

In July 2010, Green began filming the seventh series of BBC drama Waterloo Road appearing from May 2011 to July 2011.

In 2011, Green starred in the third series of the BBC Three show Being Human in which he played a werewolf named McNair.

In 2013 and 2015, Green starred in the fourth and fifth series of the war-drama series Strike Back, as Lt Colonel Philippe Locke, a former SAS operative.

In October 2013, Green began presenting Tales from Northumberland with Robson Green on ITV, a factual series about his home county of Northumberland. A second series began airing in February 2015 and a third in February 2016.

Since 2014, he has portrayed Geordie Keating in the ITV drama series Grantchester, starring alongside James Norton and later Tom Brittney. A second series began in March 2016 and a third in April 2017.

In March 2016, during an appearance on The One Show, Green confirmed he would present a new series for ITV called Tales from the Coast with Robson Green, which began airing in January 2017. In April 2016, he presented a one-off documentary The Flying Scotsman with Robson Green. He also presented a one-off documentary Robson Crusoe: A Surprising Adventure and a six-part series called Robson Green's Coastal Lives, both for ITV.

In 2018, Green portrayed Teddy Roxton in the BBC six-part drama Age Before Beauty.

Personal life

Green is a long-time Newcastle United FC supporter.

Green was introduced to occupational therapist Alison Ogilvie by his close friend, television director Andrew Gunn. They married on 22 June 1991, but separated eight years later. Green met his second wife, former Page 3 model Vanya Seager, while recording "Unchained Melody" at BMG Records in 1995. They later had a son, Taylor Seager-Green (born 2000). In 2001, the couple married at Cliveden House in Buckinghamshire after a family celebration in Mauritius. On 30 October 2011, the couple issued a statement saying that their marriage had "irretrievably broken down" and that they were separating.



Year Title Role Notes
1988 Shields Stories Derek
1989 A Night on the Tyne Dudley
2002 Me & Mrs Jones Liam Marple


Year Title Role Network
1989–1992 Casualty Jimmy Powell BBC One
1991–1995 Soldier Soldier Fusilier Dave Tucker ITV
1995 The Gambling Man Rory Connor
1997 Reckless Owen Springer ITV
Ain't Misbehavin' Eric Trapp BBC One
1997–1999 Touching Evil D.I. Dave Creegan ITV
1998 Reckless: The Sequel Owen Springer
The Prince of Hearts Barry Grimes
1998–1999 Grafters Joe Purvis ITV
1999 Rhinoceros Michael Flynn
2000 The Last Musketeer Steve McTear
Blind Ambition Richard Thomas ITV
Close and True John Close
2001 Take Me Jack Chambers
2002–2008 Wire in the Blood Dr. Tony Hill ITV
2003 Unconditional Love Pete Gray
Trust Stephen Bradley BBC One
2004 The Afternoon Play Oliver Barrett
2004–2008 Northern Lights Colin Armstrong ITV
2004 City Lights Colin Armstrong
2005 Like Father Like Son Dominic Milne
Beaten Michael BBC
Rocket Man George Stevenson BBC One
2007 Little Devil Will Crowe ITV
2008 Clash of the Santas Colin Armstrong ITV
2008 The Aptly Named Father Feely Fr John Feely ITV
2008–2011 Extreme Fishing with Robson Green Himself Channel 5
2009 Robson Green's Wild Swimming Adventure Himself ITV
2010 Joe Maddison's War Harry Crawford
2011 Being Human McNair BBC Three
Waterloo Road Rob Scotcher BBC One
2012 Mount Pleasant Chris Sky Living
2012–2014 Robson's Extreme Fishing Challenge Himself Channel 5
2013 Robson Green: How The North Was Built Himself ITV
2013–2015 Strike Back Lt. Colonel Philip Locke Sky1
2013–2016 Tales from Northumberland with Robson Green Himself ITV
2014 Robson Green: Extreme Fisherman Himself Quest
2014– Grantchester Geordie Keating ITV
2016 The Flying Scotsman with Robson Green Himself
2017 Robson Crusoe: A Surprising Adventure Himself
Tales from the Coast with Robson Green Himself
Robson Green's Coastal Lives Himself
2018 Age Before Beauty Teddy BBC One
2021 Walking Hadrian’s Wall with Robson Green Himself Channel 5
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