Robert trained at RADA and currently sits on the Academy's audition panel.
His many television credits include: Dr Gordon Ormerod in eight series of The Royal, Sam Mountjoy in three series of John Sullivan's Roger Roger and Tuppy Glossop in four series of Jeeves and Wooster. Also, Roger Dervish in the award- winning Outside Edge. (Nominated Best Actor-British Comedy Awards) Most recently he played Ernie Raynor in the Only Fools and Horses prequel trilogy, Rock and Chips and made guest appearances in New Tricks and Doc Martin. He has also played Jack Whitehall's father Michael in Little Cracker - Daddy's Little Princess for Sky and Will Tudor-Bass in Holby. He also plays the town curmudgeon, Dr. Thomas Choake in the BBC's hugely successful Poldark and has recently completed filming both Father Brown and Death In Paradise.
Other leading roles include hospital manager Simon Eastman in Casualty, Major Hound in Channel Four's Sword of Honour, Dick Thompson in the BBC's Take A Girl Like You, Simon Snell in You Can Choose Your Friends, Oscar Beatty in The Mystery of Men plus countless guest performances in programmes such as Midsomer Murders, The Missing Postman, The Bill, Game Set and Match, Lovejoy, Birds of a Feather, Pie in the Sky, The Paul Merton Show, Lovejoy, Embassy, The Dirty Dozen et al and so on. One of his personal favourites was to be a guest on the last ever episode of A Bit of Fry and Laurie, for which he played the Last Post on a trumpet. His own one.
Films include Prof. Philip Chessman in the supernatural thriller The Unfolding - recently selected for a Leicester Square premiere as part of FrightFest. Arthur's Dyke, Land of the Blind, According to Colin, The Great Escape Two and Richard Ordinary.
Recent theatre work includes Michael Frayn's 'Alarms and Excursions' - National Tour. Dr John Watson in The Secret of Sherlock Holmes at the Duchess Theatre, and Geoffrey Hammond in Public Property at the Trafalgar Studios and Jim Hacker in Yes Prime Minister at the same theatre. Also Charles Pooter in Diary Of A Nobody at the Theatre Royal, Northampton and the National Tour of Blackbird by David Harrower, for which Robert was nominated for Best Actor in the Manchester Evening News Drama Awards. He also played the frantic taxi driving bigamist, John Smith, in Ray Cooney's hit comedy farce Caught in the Net, at the Vaudeville Theatre. Robert regularly performs Summoned by Betjeman by Christopher Matthew, in which he portays the late Poet Laureate and 'Teddy bear to the nation', John Betjeman.
A regular contributor on radio as actor and broadcaster, Robert has read biographies of both P.G Wodehouse and John Betjeman for Radio 4 and co-created the long running radio series, with writer Brian B Thompson, Trueman and Riley, in which he plays D.I Trueman. He also played Prof. David Poll in the comedy series Higher by Joyce Bryant and Arthur Lowe in Roy Smiles, Dear Arthur, Love John. Also, Goodnight From Him, in which he plays Ronnnie Barker in the story of the Two Ronnies and Arthur Box-Bender in Sword of Honour by Evelyn Waugh, adapted into six parts by Jeremy Front. Most recently he has recorded Incredible Women by Rebecca Front and Jeremy Front.
His first crime novella, The Rock, was published in 2012 and made the top of the Amazon Bestseller list five times.
His second Sullivan and Broderick murder mystery, Poisoned Rock, will be published as a novel in 2016. His third in the series, Rock of Ghosts, will be available later in the year.
Robert has three children, Ben, Betsy and May and is married to the actress Amy Robbins.