It’s been said that American actors and actresses tend to have more notoriety than their British counterparts. Well, that could hold through in some quarters. However, a few British actors have made an outstanding impact in their ways. One such person is Andrew James Clutterbuck – who prefers to go by the stage name Andrew Lincoln. The first of Andrew Lincoln’s movies and TV series go way back to the 1990s. He had his first major role in This Life, a BBC drama series that ran from 1996 to 1997. His outstanding display earned him other roles in projects like Teachers (2001 to 2003) and Love Actually (2003).
Every actor has – or hopes to have – that project that marks the pinnacle of his success in the industry. For Andrew Lincoln, it came in 2010 when he became internationally famous for playing the lead role as Rick Grimes in The Walking Dead. His near-perfect depiction of the character got him two awards in 2015 and 2017. Apart from these movies and TV shows, there are a plethora of others that he had played diverse roles in. Some turned out great while some others have been buried in the harsh cemetery of criticism. Below is a condensed list of some of Andrew Lincoln’s movies and TV shows.
12 Movies That Prove Andrew Lincoln Has Seen it All in Hollywood
1. Strike Back (2010 – 2019)
This series was so very well appreciated from the first day it hit the screens. It was a fantastic depiction of the activities of a secret branch of the British Defense Intelligence known as Section 20. With 7 seasons under its belt, it has thrilled both its British and American audiences with its captivating storylines.
The first season aired from May 5 to May 19, 2010, showing only 6 episodes. The next 6 seasons showed 10 episodes and aired from August 2011 to May 2019. Though with different variations, they still focused on the central theme of the whole movie.
Strike Back made a huge impression on Sky One’s viewing numbers. The first episode recorded a whopping 398,000 viewership. This made it the most viewed non-terrestrial broadcast according to overnight viewing figures. In addition to this, Strike Back received 6 Award nominations out of which it won 2 – the UK Screen Association Conch Award for Best Audio on TV Drama of the Year and Royal Television Society Award for Best Special Effects.
2. Made In Dagenham (2010)
Shot at a time when the protection of women’s right was beginning to gain traction, Made In Dagenham had all the elements for a successful movie. This Andrew Lincoln movie touched on several key issues relating to women’s rights. Top on its theme was the campaign against sexual discrimination and the demand for equal pay. With the governments of the world doing all they can to give women a voice in the society, Made In Dagenham didn’t struggle to gain acceptance.
Produced on a budget of $6 million dollars, Made In Dagenham grossed a box office revenue of $12.3 million. This is not including other rights and royalties accrued. From an economic perspective, the movie was a financial success.
It also fared well among critics. 80% of 122 reviewers gave it a positive review. Little wonder it was associated with a plethora of award nominations. As a movie, it was nominated for Best British Film at the 2010 British Academy Film Awards and Best Film at the Satellite Awards. There are also nominations for various individuals who played various roles in the making and execution of the movie (cast and crew alike).
3. The Walking Dead (2010 – 2019)
Undoubtedly one of Andrew Lincoln’s best TV series, The Walking Dead prides itself on the ability to instill horror in the minds of the viewers. It is known as one of America’s best post-apocalyptic horror TV series. Though a full American TV series, it featured Andrew Lincoln, an English actor, as its lead cast. This is an unprecedented move that has given it wide acceptance among the English movie community.
As of September 2019, 9 seasons of this thriller series have aired since it premiered on 31st October 2010. Apart from the first season (with 6 episodes) and the second season (with 13 episodes), every other season aired 16 episodes. The 10th season premiered on the 6th of October 2019 and the 11th season is in the makings.
When it comes to critical acclaim, The Walking Dead has a barn full of it. Each season has been critically reviewed with the worst rating of 63% (Season 7) and its highest rating of 91% (Season 9). It has also been nominated for many awards. These include the Writers Guild of America Awards, Golden Globe Awards, the American Film Institute Awards, and so on.
4. Gangster No. 1 (2000)
This is a British film that depicted the crime and dirty lifestyles of gangster lords in the late 1990s. The movie was directed by Paul McGuigan with Paul Bettany taking a well-deserved slot in the lead role. It was a screen adaptation of the play Gangster No.1 by Louis Mellis and David Scinto. Other actors featured include Malcolm McDowell, David Thewlis, Andrew Lincoln, and Saffron Burrows.
On a general note, the movie received a positive critical reception. It holds a critics review score of 71% given by 52 reviewers, with an average rating of 6.4/10. However, there was a little negative criticism due to the violence present throughout the film. But the performances and style received huge applause. The box office revenue of a little over $30,000 was considered fair. This is in comparison with the fact that the movie was made on a low budget.
5. Heartbreaker (L’Arnacoeur, 2010)
When you speak of versatility, Andrew Lincoln could pride himself as one who possesses this trait in all the positive ways. Having featured in both English and American movies, he was on the cast list for this French movie. Heartbreaker (L’Arnacoeur) is a 2010 French romantic comedy with a cast that included Romain Duris, Vanessa Paradis, Julie Ferrier, Andrew Lincoln, and François Damiens.
With the kind of money this movie made in places such as France, Belgium, and Switzerland, one could say that it has done its producers well. Grossing over $48 million is a great deal considering that just about $10 million was spent in making the movie. As a standalone movie, it has been nominated for three awards. Out of the three nominations, it won two – the Cabourg Film Festival Awards for Best Romantic Comedy and the Globes de Cristal Award for Best Film.
6. Love Actually (2003)
Love Actually is a 2003 British romantic comedy film with a Christmas theme. This Andrew Lincoln movie was written and directed by Richard Curtis, with most of the movie shot in London and a tiny part of the movie was shot in the United States and France. Richard Curtis was known to have a closed circle of actors and actresses he prefers to work within his projects. Little wonder this movie had the likes of Hugh Grant, Liam Neeson, Colin Firth, Andrew Lincoln, and Rowan Atkinson.
To further push the notoriety of Love Actually, its soundtrack album was released in November 2003 and was a big hit, making its way to the number one spot on the UK Albums Chart. By Christmas of 2018, it recorded an overwhelming 348 weeks on the Chart.
The movie was made on a fairly high budget of about $45 million. It grossed a worldwide total of $247 million, with the highest coming from the United Kingdom ($62 million).
7. Human Traffic (1999)
Human Traffic is a 1999 British-Irish independent film that was written and directed by Justin Kerrigan, a filmmaker who hails from Wales. Kerrigan used the movie to bring to light the Cool Cymru era of arts in Wales. Central to the message of the movie are themes of coming of age, drug and club cultures, as well as relationships. It featured the likes of John Simm, Lorraine Pilkington, Shaun Parkes, and Andrew Lincoln.
The reviews for this movie weren’t really on a definite path, it was received as an average movie without much to spark up global excitement. This could be as a result of the thematic line of the book. The movie grossed just above $3 million against a production cost of $2.7 million. It made just enough for the filmmaker to make another movie.
8. Enduring Love (2004)
Enduring Love is a 2004 British psychological thriller movie with Roger Michell as the director. It was adapted from a novel of the same name by Ian McEwan. The story is about two strangers who become dangerously close after witnessing a deadly accident. The cast list featured the likes of Daniel Craig, Rhys Ifans and Samantha Morton with Bill Nighy, Susan Lynch, Andrew Lincoln, and Corin Redgrave. This movie certainly did not receive mixed reviews. It was voted 426th on Empire’s list of the 500 greatest movies ever made.
9. How Sherlock Changed the World (2013)
This is a documentary that takes a critical look into the character of Sherlock Holmes, the detective created by author Arthur Conan Doyle. He is an investigator who used scientific methods to solve his crimes and whose legacy has proven more important than ever in the modern age of police work. This documentary features Andrew Lincoln as the main and almost lone cast. This documentary movie didn’t quite get the reception the makers anticipated, but it was worth the try.
10. Scenes of a Sexual Nature (2006)
Next on our list of Andrew Lincoln Movies and TV Shows, Scenes of a Sexual Nature is a 2006 British comedy-drama movie directed by Ed Blum. It had Ewan McGregor in the lead role with Adrian Lester, Tom Hardy, and Andrew Lincoln. The movie is a collection of a series of seven loosely related stories of couples on Hampstead Heath in north London. The scenes appear out of sequence and jump back and forth between one story and another. This made it difficult for critics to receive it with positivity.
11. Moonshot (2009)
Moonshot is a 2009 television film that retells the story of the events that happened in the build-up to the landing of Apollo 11 on the surface of the Moon on 20 July 1969. It featured casts such as James Marsters, Andrew Lincoln, Ursula Burton, and Daniel Lapaine. The movie hasn’t really been reviewed since its release. There aren’t many details about the movie in terms of overall performance.
12. State of Mind (2003)
State of Mind is a 2003 mystery and suspense drama film directed by Christopher Menaul. It featured casts like Niamh Cusack, Andrew Lincoln, Rowena Cooper, and Deborah Findlay. The movie has a good dose of suspense to keep viewers watching. However, it’s yet to be ascertained if the whole plot and performance sit well with top movie critics.