Robson Green: Extreme Fisherman

Robson Green (DCL)

Robson Green Biography

Robson Green was born in Hexham, Northumberland.

Green grew up in Dudley, a small mining village a few miles north of Newcastle, where his privately educated father worked down the coal mining pits.

After being inspired by over-flying jets, he decided he wanted to join the Royal Air Force. On starting at Dudley Middle Comprehensive School, he joined the Air Training Corps, and also picked up a guitar for the first time, later forming his first band, Solid State, in 1982. Latterly he also spent one night a week at Backworth Drama Centre, and then played in a series of productions at both school and Backworth.

On leaving school at 16 with five O-levels, he joined Swan Hunter's shipyard as a draughtsman, and on one occasion tried his hand at professional boxing. After two years at Swan's and having decided against a career in the RAF he decided on a career in acting.

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.

One episode in 1995 called for Green and co-star Jerome Flynn to sing "Unchained Melody." Subsequently ITV was inundated by people looking 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 7 weeks in the UK Singles Chart, selling more than 1.8 million copies and making it the best-selling single of the year.

The song gave Green the opportunity to sign a long term deal with ITV, and 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.

In 2003, Green starred in the ITV mini-series Unconditional Love and in the BBC TV series Trust. In 2005, he starred in two series, the thriller 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.

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

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

In 2013, Green starred in the third season of the war-drama series Strike Back, in which he played Lt. Colonel Philipe Locke, a former SAS-operative.

Robson can be seen in 2014 in new ITV drama Grantchester.