As an actor, Robert has appeared in leading roles in a number of award-winning and long-running British television series, including Jeeves and Wooster, Casualty, The House of Eliott and Richard Harris’s Outside Edge, for which he was nominated best actor in the British Comedy awards. Other series in which he has played major roles include John Sullivan’s Roger, Roger and Rock and Chips, Holby City, Doc Martin, New Tricks, Midsomer Murders, The Royal, Death in Paradise, Father Brown and Agatha Raisin. He has most recently appeared as Dr Thomas Choake in Poldark for the BBC and as the psychotic drugs baron Shank, in Sky’s black comedy Sick Note.
For the stage his work includes Michael Frayn’s Alarms and Excursions and David Harrower’s Blackbird – nominated Best Actor in the Manchester Evening News Drama Awards. In the West End he has appeared as Dr John Watson in The Secret of Sherlock Holmes, as Geoffrey Hammond in Public Property and as Jim Hacker in Yes, Prime Minister. He has also portrayed Victor Smiley in The Perfect Murder by bestselling crime writer Peter James, and John Betjeman in Christopher Matthew’s Summoned by Betjeman. He has recently appeared in the first production of Bill Kenwright’s Classic Comedy Company in Sir Alan Aykbourn’s Ten Times Table and How the Other Half Loves. He will shortly be appearing as P.G. Wodehouse in the premiere of William Humble’s Wodehouse In Wonderland.
His many BBC radio portrayals include Arthur Lowe in Dear Arthur, Love John, Ronnie Barker in Goodnight from Him, John Betjeman in New Fame, New Love, Nigel Breezer in the comedy Celebrity Plumber and Chief Inspector Trueman in Trueman and Riley, the long-running police detective series he co-created with writer Brian B Thompson – available on Kobo and Audible.