Grantchester's Robson Green
Tea Time Tidbit for the week of July 24, 2017
Robson Green as Geordie Keating
On Sunday, July 30th, you can see the last episode in the current season of Grantchester, which airs at 9pm. In case you’re wondering, the series producers have yet to announce whether there’ll be a season 4, but Robson Green, who stars as Geordie Keating, was recently reported as saying he believes it could well continue, as it’s “up there with the best of what ITV’s got to offer at the moment.”
Before becoming an actor, Green, whose father was a coal miner and whose mother a shopkeeper, toyed with the idea of joining the Royal Air Force, something he reportedly explored in some detail when at 16 he joined the Air Training Corps. When he left school though, he got a job as a draughtsman at a shipbuilders. He stayed there three years, until his desire to become an actor won over having a steady 9-5 job and he left to train at a Newcastle-on-Tyne theatre that specialized in presenting new plays by young actors.
Robson Green as Geordie Keating
Green’s first appearance on screen was in 1988, when he was in a series of 10 minute soap operas, focusing on social issues of the time. Three years later, with his role as a fusilier in the drama series Soldier Soldier, Green became well-known for more than his acting skills. One of the episodes in the series, which ran for seven years, featured him and his co-star Jerome Flynn, performing the song Unchained Melody. After the episode aired, viewers flooded the producing station with requests to purchase a recording of the song, at which point Simon Cowell of American Idol fame stepped in and persuaded the duo to release the song as a single. Their recording became a number one hit and was the best-selling single of 1996. Green and Flynn, who recorded under their first names Robson and Jerome, went onto have two more number one singles and two number one albums.
Green’s next big television hit was Reckless, a romantic serialized drama, which also starred Francesca Annis (Home Fires) and Michael Kitchen (Foyle’s War). That was immediately followed by the crime drama Touching Evil, with Nicola Walker (Last Tango in Halifax, MI-5). Grafters, a drama–comedy series, came next, which ran for two years in which Green starred alongside Stephen Tompkinson (DCI Banks, Ballykissangel).
Over the last thirty years, Green has worked non-stop. Along the way, he’s been married twice and has raised a son, who was born in 2000. His first marriage was in 1988 just a couple of weeks after the first episode of Solder Soldier aired. The marriage lasted eight years. His second, which lasted a decade, was in 2001. Most recently, Green hit the headlines in the British tabloids when it was discovered that he had embarked on an affair with the wife of a small town vicar, whom he had met at the gym and who reportedly promptly left her husband and children to move in with the 52-year-old northerner. It almost sounds like something that would happen in an episode of Grantchester.
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