Robert Lindsay

Active - 1973 - Present  |   Born - Dec 13, 1949 in Ilkeston, Derbyshire  |   Genres - Drama, Comedy, Mystery, Action

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Respected for his work on television, screen, and especially the stage, where he is a popular musical comedy star on both sides of the Atlantic, actor Robert Lindsay ranks among Great Britain's most versatile actors. Fans of the popular 1970s British comedy series Citizen Smith will remember him for playing the title role of Wolfy Smith. He has also appeared on such television shows as Jake's Progress, Nightingales, and Give Us a Break and performed in numerous televised Shakespearean plays. On stage, he has starred in everything from Cyrano de Bergerac to The Cherry Orchard to Becket. Lindsay launched his film career in the rock musical That'll Be the Day (1973), starring David Essex. He made his American film debut in Bert Rigby, You're a Fool (1989). Over his long career, Lindsay has earned numerous awards, including a Tony for starring in Me and My Girl and a British Academy Award for GBH.

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  • His family roots take him to Turkey, where his grandfather had taken part in the Gallipoli campagn during the first world war.
  • Once paid 7,500 pounds for a hand-bound book by Hans Christian Andersen, but later his dog destroyed it.
  • After university, he worked in Essex as a dialect coach.
  • Believes he has had premonitions, and learnt things about energy from his mother who, he claims, was psychic.
  • Is a huge fan of Derby County, and at the beginning of every Derby County home game the team's song sung by Lindsay is played at the stadium.