'Dead' star preps for season two
Andrew Lincoln has been a fixture on British television since 1996, but it took AMC’s hit “The Walking Dead” to introduce the English actor to American TV auds.While some may remember him as the love-stricken best friend who orchestrated the “All You Need Is Love” scene in “Love Actually,” most now know Lincoln as the Southern-fried sheriff Rick Grimes, a man who rides into a zombie-ravaged Atlanta on a horse with a bag of guns at his side. Shortly after Lincoln sent off his audition tape for the lead role, exec producer Frank Darabont invited him out to Los Angeles to do a screen test … in his garage. “It was quite entertaining,” Lincoln recalls, “but after that, I found out relatively quickly that I had gotten the part.” Even then, Lincoln was cautious about getting his hopes too high, especially since AMC was hedging its bets with short, six-episode first season. “I’m old enough and ugly enough now to know that you can never guarantee a reaction like the one we received,” he says. That reaction was nothing short of stellar. The pilot drew 5.3 million viewers, making it the most-watched premiere of any AMC series; the season finale fared even better with 6 million viewers, a series high. It was official: Lincoln’s portrayal as the reluctant leader of the living would survive long enough to see a second season. Now with a full order of 13 episodes ahead of him, Lincoln’s ready to get back to work. “It’s exciting having the prospect of a full season,” he says. “I know Frank has some extraordinary things in store for these characters. And, as much as I love talking to you, this is not my day job. I’ve got a zombie apocalypse to deal with.”
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