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  • Real name : Robson Golightly Green
  • Date of birth : 18/12/1964

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  • Green Robson

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Robson Green (1964)

Robson Golightly Green

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Robson Green is an English actor, singer–songwriter and presenter.

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Robson Golightly Green was born in Hexham, Northumberland, and baptised in Bethel Chapel, (Ford's View), and named in Northeast tradition as first son after family surnames: Robson is his grandmother's maiden surname, while Golightly is after the surname of his maternal grandmother, Cissie Golightly (* born 1906 in Seghill,Northumberland ) , daughter of William Golightly, born 1874 in Felling, a miner and a famous trade union leader in the 1920s.

Green grew up in Dudley, a small mining village in North Tyneside, where his 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 secondary 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 17, and deciding against the RAF, he joined Swan Hunters ship yard as a draughtsman, and on one occasion tried his hand at professional boxing . After two years at Swan's, he decided on a career in acting, and after auditioning began training under the tutelage of artistic director Max Roberts - his director previously at Backworth. During his training he continued his musical career, as one member of a successful local band, The Workie Tickets. By 1988 he had started his screen career, featured in the award-winning series Shields Stories, a series of short stories about social issues made by Amber Films.

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 1.9 million copies and making it the best-selling single of the year, and winning the duo the Music Week Awards in 1996 for best single and best album. Subsequently they had two further #1 singles and two #1 albums, all re-makes of standards.

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.

His production company has brought at least four new dramas to the small screen in recent years, including the massive ratings hit Christmas Lights. The success of this one-off drama led to a series being commissioned under the name Northern Lights, which was followed by a sequel called City Lights). Coastal also produces drama series, including Hereafter starring then showbiz couple Stephen Tompkinson and Dervla Kirwan.

In 1997, Green starred in the TV movie, The Student Prince .

In July 1998, Green received an Honorary Degree from the University of Northumbria and, in September 2006, he was voted by the UK general public as number 35 in a poll of TV's Greatest Stars.

In 2000, Green starred alongside James Bolam, Susan Jameson and Jamie Bell in a legal drama entitled Close and True, which was screened on ITV. In 2003 he starred in a ITV mini-seires Unconditional Love , In 2003 he starred in the BBC TV series Trust and in 2005, Green co-starred in the mini-series Like Father Like Son, as Dominic Milne, a teacher whose girlfriend's son is accused of murdering a school student. The boy's father was a well-known serial killer, thus the title. Milne is later accused, after it was revealed that the student had been claiming a sexual relationship with him.

In 2005, Green starred in a mini-series, Rocket Man, playing a widower trying to build a rocket to send his dead wife's ashes into space.

Green presents his own series Extreme Fishing with Robson Green, where he travels over the world investigating and participating in the sport, coining fishing catchphrases such as "get in" and "we're in". During 2009 whilst promoting the second series on BBC Breakfast, Green claimed that 90% of all coarse fish caught by anglers die. This rapidly caused an angry response from coarse anglers in the UK who believed this comment to be unsubstantiated and potentially damaging to the sport.

In December 2009 ITV1 presented Robson Green's Wild Swimming Adventure, a tour of swimming locales around the UK.

In July 2010, Green began filming the seventh series of BBC drama Waterloo Road. He will appear on screen from 2011.

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

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