As lean, haunted lawman Rick Grimes, the character at the center of the apocalyptic horrors that unspool on AMC’s “The Walking Dead,” Andrew Lincoln has been tasked with embodying the tormented hero, the wounded husband, the emotionally unavailable father aspiring to do better by his young son, sometimes in the course of a single episode.
In the show’s third season, grief brought Rick to his knees. The character who had made grave sacrifices to protect and lead a small band of survivors ultimately failed to save his wife, Lori, and when he learns of her death, he collapses in agony.
“When she went, I said, ‘He has to fall,’” Lincoln explained. “You’ve got to see the man that’s been so strong for three years fall, gone. It was just too much for him to bear.”
Lincoln has been doing great work on “The Walking Dead” since the show premiered in 2010, but it was his performance in that specific scene that immediately sparked serious talk of an Emmy nomination. (One might argue that, given the critical acclaim routinely heaped on the series, which also happens to be the most-watched prime-time drama on television, award recognition is overdue.)
In its three years, “The Walking Dead” has earned two Emmys, both of them for the series’ extreme zombie makeup effects; none of its actors, writers or directors have received nominations. But sitting down over a late morning coffee at a West Hollywood hotel, Lincoln politely declined to speculate over awards fortunes.
“I fear that if I start getting into that debate, then it will lose the magic or my enjoyment of just doing the acting side of it,” he said.
Lincoln, born Andrew Clutterbuck, had been acting professionally for nearly two decades in Britain before he arrived at his star-making turn at the end of the world. After attending the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, Lincoln was cast in the British drama “This Life” and went on to various roles in TV and film, including a part in the 2003 romantic comedy “Love Actually.”
He came to “The Walking Dead” with a certain amount of trepidation. He’d never been especially interested in genre storytelling, and starring in a series adapted from a comic book seemed like an unusual career move. The involvement of the show’s creator, Frank Darabont, and his affection for such AMC series as “Breaking Bad” and “Mad Men” prompted him to take a second look.
That provocative question has to be on the minds of Robert Kirkman and his fellow Walking Dead scribes as they head into Season 4 — and get further away from last year’s grisly death of Sarah Wayne Callies’ Lori. (Rumor has it the new season will pick up 4-8 months after Season 3 left off, which would have Rick closing in on his first anniversary as a single dad.)
For his part, Andrew Lincoln is of the opinion that Rick is not quite ready to entertain a new relationship. “I think that there has to be some kind of mourning time,” the actor told TVLine earlier this month just as production on Season 4 was getting underway. “I don’t think he’s able to engage at all on that level at the moment. I wouldn’t rule it out though.”
Lincoln then added with a chuckle, “I think Sarah Wayne Callies would be phoning me deeply upset if anything like that would be happening in Season 4.”
Calling the Season 4 premiere “terrific,” Lincoln expressed confidence in new showrunner Scott Gimple, although he admitted to maintaining a safe distance from what goes on behind-the-scenes. “We sort of go off and get into this bubble in Atlanta,” he explained. “It’s all about storytelling for me. If the words are good then, you know, it’s our job to make them ring true. All of the other stuff… I’m just a cowboy. I don’t wear the suits. I don’t get involved in all of that kind of stuff. There’s nowhere to park my horse.”
Andrew Lincoln has been a fan favorite of the hit show “The Walking Dead” since Season 1, but critics have failed to take notice of his performance as walker killer and leader, Rick Grimes. On Wednesday, May 22, nominations for The Critics’ Choice Awards were announced and Andrew Lincoln is in it, finally!
“The Walking Dead” star is up for Best Actor in a Drama Series category, this would be his first ever nomination. Also nominated in the category is Bryan Cranston for “Breaking Bad,” Damian Lewis for “Homeland,” Timothy Olyphant for “Justified,” Matthew Rhys for “The Americans,” and Kevin Spacey for “House of Cards.”
Andrew Lincoln’s biggest competition is Bryan Cranston for his performance in “Breaking Bad,” especially since the last season of the show is coming up. Cranston has won many awards before though, including Critics’ Choice Awards, so it’s time for a new winner.
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“The Walking Dead” is already alive and walking into its fourth season.
AMC has released a first photo from the upcoming season, featuring Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes back to work on the set in Atlanta. An ominous figure behind him indicates his battles with the zombie “walkers” are far from over.
The cast and crew began production on May 6, and the series will return to AMC in October.
The third season of the drama, which is AMC’s highest-rated series, outdistanced numerous hit series such as “The Big Bang Theory,” “The Voice,” “Game of Thrones” and “Modern Family” in the adult 18-49 demographic.
TV star Andrew Lincoln praised the work of Barnardo’s visitor centre at HMP Erlestoke, near Westbury, in a recent visit as the charity’s ambassador.
The visitor centre aims to reduce the impact of the ‘hidden sentence’ suffered by children when their father is imprisoned.
It also aims to improve the rehabilitation of offenders by maintaining links with their families.
Mr Lincoln, who stars in zombie series The Walking Dead, said: “This project benefits society as well as offenders, because they are far less likely to reoffend if they’re released to a family who still love them.”