The actor first came to public prominence when he starred in hit cult British show This Life about a group of 20-something lawyers sharing a house. In the show, Lincoln co-starred with Jack Davenport, who went onto play Lloyd Simcoe in FlashForward.
He played Manchester United obsessed Egg who decided he no longer wanted a legal career and ended up working in a cafe while he was finding himself. Ironically, easy going Egg would have been useless as a zombie slayer - sexy, strutting fellow housemate Anna, played by Scottish actress, Daniela Nardini was much more kick ass. In TWD she'd be Michonne - with a short skirt.
Lincoln's next major role was in Channel 4 show Teachers. Again, he played an easy going kind of guy and you guessed it, a teacher. His character Simon was a bigger kid than any of the pupils he taught and spent a lot of his time smoking cigarettes behind the bike sheds. His character finally left the show to go travelling. Andrew Lincoln met his wife Gael who was working on the show as a runner.
Andrew Lincoln in Teachers
His next big show was another hit called Afterlife where he played a university lecturer and psychologist studying a psychic for his book. A skeptic, he tried to prove that she wasn't psychic at all, so he'd probably have a hard time believing in zombies.
In the end, all roads led to The Walking Dead. And for that we're grateful.
Andrew Lincoln trivia
- His real name's Andrew James Clutterbuck
- His wife's Gael Anderson, is the daughter of Jethro Tull legend Ian
- In This Life his real first name was Edgar. No wonder they called him Egg.
- At one point, he reckons he was being lined up as the new Hugh Grant. Crikey, image Mr. Floppy hair fighting zombies?