Robson Green

Renowned for his role in the gritty television drama series Soldier Soldier and then more recently in Grantchester, Robson Green can often be seen on reality TV shows such as Grand Slam Fishing. The actor/angler has enjoyed great critical acclaim, both on the small and big screen but today he prefers pitting his wits against weird and wonderful creatures from the deep.

Robson Green

Childhood

Born in Hexham on 18th December 1964, to Robson senior and Anne Green, he grew up in the mining village of Dudley on North Tyneside. His father was a miner and his mother a shop worker but young Robson's interest in acting was apparent from an early age. His first leading role was at the age of eight, when he starred in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat at Dudley Primary School.

His interest in the stage continued at Seaton Burn High School, where he bought a guitar and practiced until his fingers hurt. He also developed a passion for fishing in his youth. At the age of 15, Robson became a member of Backworth Drama Centre in his spare time.

Early career

He didn't want to become a miner and at the age of 16, he joined the Air Training Corps 861 Squadron but he still preferred the idea of showbusiness over the RAF. By 1982, performing had won - he had his first adult lead role in 1982 in The Pirates of Penzance and he also formed a band called Solid State with his friends.

Later, he trained as an actor at Live Theatre in Newcastle upon Tyne, where artistic director Max Roberts already knew of Robson's talents, having earlier seen him in a school play.

Rise to fame

After a string of stage performances, Robson got his big break in 1986, when he successfully auditioned for a role as hospital porter Jimmy Powell in the BBC TV drama, Casualty. From 1991 to 1997, he went on to star in the critically acclaimed drama series, Soldier Soldier, where he met co-star Jerome Flynn.

The duo recorded a hit record, Unchained Melody, which sold 1.9 million copies and netted them the Top Single award at the 1996 Music Week Awards. They had further hit singles and albums but decided to quit the music business.

Fishing

Robson's passion for fishing was to shape his future television career. Spending five months on the road and travelling more than 60,000 miles, his 2014 television show, Extreme Fishing with Robson Green, followed by Extreme Fishing World Tour, took him to exotic locations all over the world.

Bringing his Geordie humour and enthusiasm to the show, Robson visited famed fishing destinations such as Papua New Guinea, Africa, the North Atlantic, the Indian Ocean, the Amazon, Costa Rica and the Tennessee River. He battled with some of the most powerful fish on the planet including Japanese puffers, tiger fish, bull sharks and swordfish.

Grand Slam

His epic adventure continued with the 2017 series, Grand Slam Fishing. Aired on the Travel channel, Robson set off on a mission to achieve the angler's dream - a 'grand slam'. The accolade, recognised by the International Game Fish Association, is the fishing world's Olympic gold medal and involves catching three species of fish from a specified list in 24 hours - a feat few anglers have achieved. However, it wasn't just one grand slam he was after but ten and in ten different countries!

During the filming of the series, he has survived several falls into the water, an epic battle with the mighty tarpon fish in Cuba and the frozen but breathtaking terrain of Homer in Alaska.

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