The Walking Dead 10 Things You Didnt Know About Andrew Lincoln (Rick)

The Walking Dead: 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Andrew Lincoln (Rick)

Andrew Lincoln plays one of TV’s most popular characters, Rick Grimes from The Walking Dead. But fans still may not know these facts about the actor.



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The Walking Dead 10 Things You Didnt Know About Andrew Lincoln (Rick)

Fans wondered how The Walking Dead could go on without its main character Rick Grimes. Then, fans were delighted when they learned that he would star in the film trilogy based on the series.

There are a lot of things about Andrew Lincoln, the actor who plays Rick, that fans already know. Everyone knows by now that he’s British. It’s no secret that he’s good friends with his former co-star Norman Reedus (Daryl Dixon). And then there’s that “To me, you are perfect” sign he held up in the movie Love, Actually that has become a popular Internet meme. But what else is there to know about the star? It turns out, plenty.

10 He Was A Sitcom Star

The Walking Dead 10 Things You Didnt Know About Andrew Lincoln (Rick)

Sure, it might have only been in England, but before Lincoln graced the big screen with a major role among the ensemble cast on Love, Actually, he had been in a popular sitcom on the U.K.’s Channel 4 network.

The show, which also counted James Corden among its cast, was called Teachers and it aired from 2001-2003. He actually began as the main character, a teacher named Simon. Those who reside in the U.K. can still watch the series’ four seasons on Netflix. That wasn’t his only brush with sitcoms, though. Lincoln’s first acting role on television was in a single episode of the then popular British sitcom Drop the Dead Donkey way back in 1994.

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9 Lincoln Is Just A Stage Name

The Walking Dead 10 Things You Didnt Know About Andrew Lincoln (Rick)

Die-hard fans might know this since Reedus, with whom Lincoln often gets into public prank wars, has referred to him by his given name many times before. That’s correct: Lincoln is not his real surname.

Born in London, Lincoln’s real last name is Clutterbuck. He adopted the stage name Lincoln while he was studying at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) drama school.



8 His Father-in-Law Is A Rock Star

The Walking Dead 10 Things You Didnt Know About Andrew Lincoln (Rick)

Lincoln has been married to Gael Anderson since 2006, who is the daughter Ian Anderson, a Scottish musician who is best known for being the lead member of the rock band Jethro Tull. They started out in the ’60s, and over the years, shifted from blues rock and jazz fusion to hard rock, folk, and progressive rock.

Ian Anderson is a singer and songwriter and can play many instruments, including the flute. He appeared in an episode of Reedus’ series Ride with Norman Reedus, which has welcomed such high-profile guests as Peter Fonda, Josh Brolin, and several Walking Dead cast members past and present, like Melissa McBride, Michael Rooker, Steven Yeun, and Jeffrey Dean Morgan. Reedus visited the home of Lincoln’s in-laws, pretending only to be there to see Anderson. Lincoln played right along, walking in with a tray of tea to serve to his father-in-law’s guest.

7 He Has Never Won An Emmy

The Walking Dead 10 Things You Didnt Know About Andrew Lincoln (Rick)

While Lincoln has plenty of awards to his name, including a Saturn, Satellite, and People’s Choice Awards, he has never won an Emmy Award. Many fans have protested the fact that The Walking Dead in general has never been nominated in any acting categories beyond Make-up and Special Effects, despite the tremendous performances by the cast.

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One of the actors who is often named among the most glaring omissions is Lincoln, who has shown tremendous range in playing Grimes through the character’s many periods of sanity, intense pressure, sadness, anger, and vulnerability. “We always knew that Lincoln could play the living daylights out of anything that was thrown at him,” wrote TVLine following the airing of the 2015 episode entitled “Try,” “but…we didn’t realize that he could act his way from A to Z all within the span of a single hour.”

6 He Went To School With Paul Tisdale

The Walking Dead 10 Things You Didnt Know About Andrew Lincoln (Rick)

While only football fans (meaning soccer in America) would know who this person is, Tisdale is actually a well-known name in England. He is a former professional footballer and manager who currently works in an advisory role.


Lincoln and Tisdale went to school together and both have commented about how proud they are of one another and the levels of success they have each achieved in their respective fields.

5 He Is One Degree Away From a Game Of Thrones Actor

The Walking Dead 10 Things You Didnt Know About Andrew Lincoln (Rick)

Lincoln’s connection to Tisdale also makes him only one degree of separation away from a British Game of Thrones actor. That actor is James Faulkner who played Randyll Tarly and is Tisdale’s uncle.

Indeed, both actors would have been fitting on either show, each being respective leaders of their “houses.” While it’s unclear if the two ever met in real life through Tisdale, either way, there is only one mutual relative/friend between them.

4 He Is A Great Cook

The Walking Dead 10 Things You Didnt Know About Andrew Lincoln (Rick)

Not only is Lincoln a talented actor and apparently a very genuinely nice guy, but he has also been called a great cook. He was known when he was on the show to have had his The Walking Dead cast over to his place for dinner in between shoots.

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His former co-star and recently Oscar-nominated Steven Yeun noted in the past that Lincoln makes a particularly great spaghetti Bolognese. No word on what some of his other signature dishes might be.

3 He Does Voiceover Work In The U.K.

The Walking Dead 10 Things You Didnt Know About Andrew Lincoln (Rick)

While he doesn’t use his gruff, American Rick Grimes voice, Lincoln’s actual voice and thick British accent along with his recognizable persona make him the perfect person to help sell merchandise through voiceover work. And that is exactly what he has done before in his homeland.

In the U.K., Lincoln has done voiceover work for brands like AOL and Adidas. He has also narrated some documentaries.

2 Apple Martin Was Flower Girl At His Wedding

The Walking Dead 10 Things You Didnt Know About Andrew Lincoln (Rick)

While it’s unclear if they still remain close friends since their divorce, once upon a time, Lincoln was close pals with A-list actor Gwyneth Paltrow and Coldplay singer Chris Martin, a fellow Brit. So close, in fact, that their daughter Apple was the flower girl at Lincoln’s wedding to Anderson back in 2006.

Lincoln himself now has two children with Anderson, Arthur and Matilda, the former of whom would be a teenager now and the latter who would be of pre-teen age.

1 He Knew Tom Payne Before The Walking Dead

While it would be presumptuous and wrong to believe that all British people know one another, in this case, it was actually true. When Tom Payne, another Brit, joined The Walking Dead as Jesus, he saw a familiar face in Lincoln.

Not only had the two met prior, but they had worked together before. They were both in an ITV adaptation of Wuthering Heights, playing uncle and nephew. That wasn’t even, however, the first time they met. Way back in 1999, the pair reportedly met at an event Lincoln hosted for Payne’s drama group.

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