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David Robb
Born (1947-08-23) 23 August 1947 (age 67)
London, England, UK
Years active 1970-present
Spouse(s) Briony McRoberts (1978-2013) (her death)

David Robb (born 23 August 1947) is a Scottish actor.[1]

Robb has starred in various British films and television shows, including films such as Swing Kids and Hellbound. He is well known for playing Germanicus in the famous 1976 BBC production of I, Claudius,[2] and as Robin Grant, one of the principal characters in Thames Television's 1981 series The Flame Trees of Thika. He has also performed as a voice actor for several Star Wars video games, and had a recurring role in the fantasy television series Highlander: The Series. He has worked extensively on BBC radio drama, including as Charles in the original radio series of Up the Garden Path opposite Imelda Staunton as Captain Jack Aubrey in the BBC Radio 4 adaptations of the Patrick O'Brian "Aubrey" novels, and as Richard Hannay in several adaptations of the John Buchan novels, including Mr Standfast in 2007. He plays Dr Clarkson in the television drama series Downton Abbey.

Robb was born in London, brought up in Edinburgh, and educated at the Royal High School. Beginning in 2004 he and his wife, actress and activist Briony McRoberts, ran every year in the Edinburgh Marathon to raise money for leukaemia research. McRoberts committed suicide on 17 July 2013 (age 56), after struggling with anorexia for years.[3]


Robb performed in two of Richard Norton-Taylor Tricycle Tribunal Plays: The Colour of Justice (the dramatised version of the Sir William Macpherson inquiry into the murder of Stephen Lawrence, his family's search for justice, and endemic racism in British police forces), and Half the Picture (a distillation of the Scott Inquiry into Arms-to-Iraq. It was the first play to be performed in the Palace of Westminster); both were directed by Nicolas Kent and performed at the Tricycle Theatre. The productions were broadcast by the BBC.

Partial filmography[edit]


  1. ^ "David Robb". BFI. 
  2. ^ "David Robb on IMDB". IMDB. 2013. Retrieved 7 November 2013. 
  3. ^ "Actor David Robb: 'Anorexia kills women like my wife'". BBC News. 14 July 2014. 

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Wed, 01 Jul 2015 12:37:35 -0700

At the height of the AIDS epidemic, David Robb decided he needed to make a career change from being a film student and San Francisco restaurant employee. With a partner who was HIV+ and friends dying around him, not getting involved in the fight ...


Mon, 06 Jul 2015 13:18:31 -0700

EXCLUSIVE: The producers knew something wasn't right from the very beginning. The studio teacher they'd hired on the recommendation of their assistant director was shaggy, loud and boisterous, and he looked hung over. On the very first day of filming, ...


Tue, 30 Jun 2015 15:53:50 -0700

EXCLUSIVE: Tolerance and inclusion are ringing through the air this week, and all of Hollywood is struggling to create jobs in the creative ranks for women and people of color, or pay a high price. But there is still one showbiz segment that still ...
Thu, 02 Jul 2015 14:22:30 -0700

IATSE Animation Guild Local 839 and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers have reached an agreement on a new three-year contract. The tentative deal includes 3% annual pay raises, no rollbacks, and a 10% increase in pension benefits ...


Wed, 01 Jul 2015 14:33:45 -0700

In a recent report for Deadline, writer David Robb interviewed several stuntwomen about sexism in the industry. Overwhelmingly, the women responded that being female made it increasingly difficult to find work. This, they say, is partially because of ...
Thu, 02 Jul 2015 11:06:28 -0700

Salon Media Staffers Team With WGA East In Unionizing Effort. by David Robb. July 2, 2015 10:53am. 1. WGA East Logo Grid. Business · Breaking News · Labor · Salon · WGA East. The editorial staff at Salon Media today said that it wants to unionize with ...
Washington Post
Wed, 01 Jul 2015 09:07:30 -0700

“No Females In Fall Guy Frat: Why Women Remain Excluded from Stuntmen Groups,” by David Robb: I'm always fascinated how the many small communities that make up the entertainment industry function, and this is an intriguing look inside the culture of ...


Sat, 27 Jun 2015 19:25:29 -0700

Paris Barclay has been re-elected president of the Directors Guild of America. The two-time Emmy winning director was elected to a second two-year term “by acclamation” today at the guild's biennial convention, which was held at the DGA headquarters in ...

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