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Also Known As: Robert Stevenson Died:
Born: December 13, 1949 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Derbyshire, England, GB Profession: actor, assistant stage manager

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This dark-haired, pleasant-faced British actor is equally at home in musical comedy or drama. Often cast as working-class blokes, Robert Lindsay made a splash on both sides of the Atlantic in the mid-1980s starring in the revival of "Me and My Girl". The RADA-trained actor had already become known to his countrymen as the pub-bound, would-be revolutionary Wolfie Smith in the British sitcom "Citizen Smith" (BBC, 1977-80).In 1970, shortly after completing his training, Lindsay debuted as Jesus in a London production of "Godspell". He alternated between TV and stage, joining the Royal Exchange Theatre Company in the late 70s, where he earned attention for playing "Hamlet" in 1983. Starring opposite Emma Thompson, he earned raves as the Cockney chap who proves to be of royal blood in "Me and My Girl". Thompson was not allowed to recreate her stage role in the USA (Maryann Plunkett inherited the part) but Lindsay was, earning numerous accolades including a Best Musical Actor Tony Award. Subsequent stage roles have included heralded portrayals of Henry II in "Becket" in 1991 and Fagin in a revival of "Oliver!" in 1996.Before he landed his breakthrough stage role, Lindsay worked often on British TV. He was...

This dark-haired, pleasant-faced British actor is equally at home in musical comedy or drama. Often cast as working-class blokes, Robert Lindsay made a splash on both sides of the Atlantic in the mid-1980s starring in the revival of "Me and My Girl". The RADA-trained actor had already become known to his countrymen as the pub-bound, would-be revolutionary Wolfie Smith in the British sitcom "Citizen Smith" (BBC, 1977-80).

In 1970, shortly after completing his training, Lindsay debuted as Jesus in a London production of "Godspell". He alternated between TV and stage, joining the Royal Exchange Theatre Company in the late 70s, where he earned attention for playing "Hamlet" in 1983. Starring opposite Emma Thompson, he earned raves as the Cockney chap who proves to be of royal blood in "Me and My Girl". Thompson was not allowed to recreate her stage role in the USA (Maryann Plunkett inherited the part) but Lindsay was, earning numerous accolades including a Best Musical Actor Tony Award. Subsequent stage roles have included heralded portrayals of Henry II in "Becket" in 1991 and Fagin in a revival of "Oliver!" in 1996.

Before he landed his breakthrough stage role, Lindsay worked often on British TV. He was among the members of the RAF in the 1950s in the Thames TV sitcom "Get Some In!" (1975-78) before landing the role of "Citizen Smith". He perfected his Cockney accent as a pool hall denizen alongside Paul McGann in "Give Us a Break" (1983) before landing more prestigious parts like Edmund to Laurence Olivier's "King Lear" in 1984. Lindsay delivered a brilliant performance as a KGB saboteur posing as a priest in "Confessional" (Granada TV, 1990) and received a BAFTA Award as a ruthless politician in "GBH" (BBC, 1991). Lindsay also won much attention as a former SS officer being tormented by the ghost of a Jewish comedian (Antony Sher) killed in a concentration camp in "Gengis Cohn" (1993; aired in the USA on A&E).

Lindsay's film appearances have been rare. His talents were supposed to be showcased as a coal miner with showbiz aspirations in Carl Reiner's "Bert Rigby, You're a Fool" (1989), but the film did almost no box office. "Strike It Rich" (1990), an inferior remake of 1956's "Loser Takes All", teamed the actor with Molly Ringwald in a tale of a honeymooner in Monte Carlo who supposedly perfects a system for winning at roulette. More recently, he was among the zookeepers fighting for their jobs in the uneven "Fierce Creatures" and a smooth-talking businessman who revisits an old love in the comedy "Remember Me" (both 1997). Lindsay then co-starred with Julie Walters (who had played his mother in "GBH"!) as a married couple trying to change their fortunes by offering strip shows at their dingy pub in "Brazen Hussies" (lensed 1997).

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Grace of Monaco (2014)
2.
 Wimbledon (2004) Ian Frazier
3.
 Divorcing Jack (1998) Michael Brinn--Prime Minister Of Norther Ireland
4.
 Fierce Creatures (1997) Sydney Small Mammals
5.
 Strike It Rich (1990) Ian Bertram
6.
 Bert Rigby, You'Re A Fool (1989) Bert Rigby
7.
 That'll Be the Day (1974) Terry
8.
9.
 Canterbury Tales, The (1999) Voice Of Harry Bailey
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Raised in Ilkeston, England
1970:
Began career after leaving RADA
1973:
Film debut in "That'll Be the Day"
1975:
Had featured role in the Thames TV sitcom "Get Some In!", set in the 1950s
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Starred as Wolfie Smith, the self-stylized leader of a political movement, in BBC sitcom "Citizen Smith"
1983:
Co-starred with Paul McGann in the comedy-drama "Give Us a Break" (BBC)
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Played "Hamlet" at Royal Exchange Theatre
1984:
Played Edmund in "King Lear" for TV
:
Had West End and Broadway success with "Me and My Girl"
1989:
Played title role in film "Bert Rigby, You're a Fool"
1990:
Starred in TV film "Confessional" (Granada TV)
1991:
Starred as a manipulating local politician on British TV in "GBH"
1992:
Narrated "Lifeforce", a documentary that aired in the USA on The Discovery Channel
:
Reportedly turned down the role of Eddie 'Fitz' Fitzgerald in the British series "Cracker"
1993:
Co-starred with Antony Sher and Diana Rigg in "Genghis Cohn"
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Played Fagin in the London revival of "Oliver!"
1997:
Had supporting role as a zookeeper in "Fierce Creatures"
1998:
Portrayed another politician in the Brisith film "Divorcing Jack"
1998:
Starred as "Richard III" at the Royal Shakespeare Company
1998:
Had featured role as a captain in the TV adaptations of the "Horatio Hornblower" novels
1999:
Played Fagin in British TV adaptation of "Oliver Twist"
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Education

Gladstone Boys School: -
Royal Academy of Dramatic Art: London , England -

Notes

Some sources list 1951 as Mr. Lindsay's birthdate.

Lindsay was originally announced as a co-star (with Richard Dreyfuss, Sting and Roger Rees) of the film version of "Rosencrantz and Guildernstern Are Dead" in 1987. Filming was delayed and when the feature finally was made only Dreyfuss was still in the cast.

"I'm doing the interview because I have to promote the show ["Richard III"], and I know they will have said to you, 'don't mention his private life.' Even if you ask me I won't tell you the truth. I'll tell you some complete rubbish, because I've built up a veneer and I won't let you in." --Robert Lindsay to the London Times, September 19, 1998.

Companions close complete companion listing

wife:
Cheryl Hall. Actor. Married in 1974; divorced in 1980; co-starred together in "Citizen Smith".
companion:
Diana Weston. Actor, comedian. Born c. 1953; together from c. 1979 to 1994; mother of Lindsay's daughter.
companion:
Rosemarie Ford. TV host. Hosted the British series "Generation Game"; together from 1994.

Family close complete family listing

daughter:
Sydney Lindsay. Born c. 1988; mother, Diana Weston.
son:
Samuel Lindsay. Born on November 18, 1999; mother, Rosemarie Ford.

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