You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Lincoln among the living

'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.”

Antiheroes and the actors who love them | Actors always playing the bridesmaid | Prior noms hope to repeat | Actors in Emmy contention
Lead Actor Contenders
Sean Bean | Steve Buscemi | Jeremy Irons | Matt LeBlanc |

Andrew Lincoln | Louis C.K. | William H. Macy | Tom Selleck

More TV

  • CBS

    CBS Entertainment Pledges to Audition Actors with Disabilities

    CBS Entertainment has signed the Ruderman Family Foundation’s Audition Pledge, a commitment to audition actors with disabilities for new productions picked up to series. The company, which includes CBS Television Studios and CBS All Access, is the first in the industry to respond to the advocacy organization’s request for increased disabled representation. “We take pride [...]

  • Rob Ortiz Brian Agboh Julie Katchen

    Paramount TV Names Three New Hires To Executive Team

    Paramount Television has made three new hires for its executive leadership team, naming Rob Ortiz as its new senior vice president of physical production, Brian Agboh as senior vice president of business affairs, and Julie Katchen Swidler as director of Paramount TV’s newly created current team. “I’m so excited to welcome these new valuable executives [...]

  • Discovery Corporate New Logo

    Discovery, FuboTV Strike Distribution Pact

     Discovery, Inc. and FuboTV said they have struck a multi-year deal that brings 13 of the cable-programmer’s networks to Fubo’s live-TV streaming service in coming weeks. The agreement extends a relationship that had been in place between Fubo and the former Scripps Networks Interactive, which Discovery acquired in 2018. That pact included carriage of five [...]

  • Rosamund Pike A Private War

    Rosamund Pike to Lead ‘Wheel of Time’ TV Adaptation at Amazon

    The long-gestating “Wheel of Time” TV adaptation has finally found its lead. Rosamund Pike cast been cast as Moiraine, a member of the powerful all-female organization called the Aes Sedai, in the Amazon Studios and Sony Pictures Television co-production. Based on Robert Jordan’s best-selling fantasy novels, “The Wheel of Time” is set in a high [...]

  • Julie Andrews

    Julie Andrews Joins Shondaland's Bridgerton Netflix Series

    Julie Andrews is the first person officially cast in one of Shonda Rhimes’ upcoming Netflix shows. Andrews has joined the untitled series based on Julia Quinn’s Bridgerton family novels. She will voice the character Lady Whistledown. Anonymous to readers, the sharp-tongued gossip writer uses a curious mix of social commentary and scathing insult to send [...]

  • Riverdale Alladin Avengers Endgame

    'Avengers: Endgame,' 'Riverdale,' 'Aladdin' Top 2019 Teen Choice Award Nominations

    The nominations for the 2019 Teen Choice Awards have been revealed, and voting has opened for the top movies, TV shows and music that has dominated the last year. “Avengers: Endgame” and “Aladdin” are the top contenders in the movie category with nine and five nods, respectively. In TV, “Riverdale,” “The Flash” and “Shadowhunters” each [...]

  • Chilevisión, RTVE, Boomerang, Amazon Share ‘Inés

    ‘Inés of My Soul’s’ Production Details, Shoot Date Unveiled at Conecta Fiction

    PAMPLONA, Spain — A project pitched three years ago at the very first Conecta Fiction in the Galician city of Santiago de Compostela, “Ines of My Soul” was back at the international co-pro and networking summit, this year in Pamplona, where it was held up as one of the still-young event’s most significant success stories. [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content