Andrew Lincoln is best known for playing the role of Rick Grimes in AMC’s post-apocalyptic drama, ‘The Walking Dead’. While this is his most prominent role yet, Lincoln has been a part of various acclaimed BBC dramas that brought him, slowly and steadily to the peak of his career. Working his way through drama school, Lincoln climbed the ladder one small role at a time. He has played a wide range of characters in his more than two-decades-long career. He has starred in the classical adaptations like ‘Wuthering Heights’, and also tried his hand at the supernatural genre. Be it the grim and serious roles, or bone-tickling comedies, Lincoln has proved his mettle everywhere. Though movies and TV shows have been his major playfields, he has also given incredible performances in the theatre. Here is a list of top 10 Andrew Lincoln movies that set him apart:
10. Moonshot (2009)
This TV movie is based on the events of the landing of Apollo 11 on the Moon’s surface. Lincoln played the role of Michael Collins, the third astronaut with Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin. The film made use of the actual footage of that time, to tell the whole story of one of the biggest scientific achievements in the history of mankind.
9. The Canterbury Tales (2003)
This six-part miniseries was a modern adaptation of Geoffrey Chaucer’s ‘Canterbury Tales’. In the sixth episode, named ‘The Man of Law’s Tale’, Lincoln played the role of Alan, who is the love interest of the protagonist, Constance. A young man, Terry, expresses his desire to be with Constance, but she rejects him. The sense of dejection fills him with a desire for revenge which doesn’t end well for anyone.
8. This Life (1996-1997)
One of the highly popular series of British television, ‘This Life’ was focused on the stories of a group of young law graduates who share a house and work their way to build a career. Andrew Lincoln played the role of Edgar “Egg” Cooke, who is in a relationship with one of the housemates, Milly. But the difference of ambitions creates a friction between them. Milly is open to buttering her way up, and Edgar is not so enthusiastic about her approach. As Milly progresses, Edgar comes at crossroads with the decision of leaving or staying in the firm.
7. Bomber (2000)
A two-part British TV miniseries, ‘Bomber’ centers around the life of a bomb disposal squad. Starring alongside Mark Strong, Lincoln played the role of Capt. Willy Byrne. A secret group has been bombing various sites. One such bombing results in the death of one of the squad members. Initially, they believe that the bombers have political issues. But soon, they realize that the bombers are targeting the members of the squad and their families, putting everyone in a grave danger.
6. The Woman in White (1997)
This two-part BBC miniseries is based on the novel of the same name by Wilkie Collins. Andrew Lincoln played the role of Walter Cartwright, who is hired by as a tutor for half-sisters, Marian and Laura Fairlie. Mr. Hartwright and Laura fall for each other, but he is wrongly accused of the rape of one of the housemaids due to a conspiracy concocted by Laura’s fiancée. Sensing that something amiss is underway, he warns Marian about it. But, it is too late, by then.
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5. Lie with Me (2004)
Ros Tyler wakes up with an acute memory loss and a dead flatmate. Also, she has been viciously raped. Her case is assigned to Detective Will Tomlinson. As the investigation progresses, Will begins to fall in love with Ros. He suspects someone of the crime, and Ros identifies that man as the perpetrator. But, after the trial, she receives anonymous letters saying that she has lied. The pressure mounts on her, and she is left with a lingering question about the dangers of telling a lie and revealing the truth.
4. Afterlife (2005-2006)
After the death of one of his students, Dr. Robert Bridge, played by Andrew Lincoln, gets involved with a woman who claims to be a psychic. His main motive is to study her behavior and the cases where she helps other spirits in resolving their unfinished business. The show was lauded for its well-written plot and strong performances from its actors. It received good reviews and high ratings. Lincoln’s performance of Bridge, who hasn’t gotten over the death of his son, was particularly singled out.
3. Teachers (2001- 2004)
In this comedy-drama, Lincoln played the role of Simon Casey, a probationary teacher in a fictional school Summertown Comprehensive. Along with his fellow teachers, Simon tries to get a hold of his personal and professional life. The show gained some popularity in its first season. But by the fourth season the interest of the audiences had declined, so the show wasn’t renewed further.
2. Love Actually (2003)
One of the best romantic comedies of all time, ‘Love Actually’ was a huge factor in propelling the career of Andrew Lincoln. His part follows the story of Juliet (Keira Knightley), Peter (Chiwetel Ejiofor), and Mark (Lincoln). Juliet and Peter get married and sense some friction from Mark, Peter’s best man. They think that Mark dislikes Juliet, but actually, he loves her. The scene of Mark playing the carols outside Juliet’s house and displaying cue cards, with quotes like “For me, you’re perfect”, became some of the most iconic things from the film.
1. The Walking Dead (2010- present)
Based on the comic book series of the same name, ‘The Walking Dead’ is one of the best and most popular shows right now. Andrew Lincoln plays the role of sheriff’s deputy Rick Grimes who has been in a coma, for months. When he finally regains consciousness, he discovers that the world has been reduced to ashes by a zombie apocalypse. To say that Lincoln has perfected the role would be an understatement. Over the course of 8 seasons, Rick has undergone such a spectacular character arc that just imagining the difference between the Rick of the first season and the now-Rick depresses a person. It has been a very demanding role, and Lincoln has given it his all.
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