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2 September 1971|
Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland, England, UK
His work has spanned genres from Shakespearean and modern theatre to popular fantasy and science fiction.
Robson spent his early life in Whitley Bay. His father was a policeman and his mother a nurse. He attended Marine Park First School, Marden Bridge Middle School and Whitley Bay High School, and was a member of the local acting group, the People’s Theatre Group in Heaton, Newcastle upon Tyne.
Chris spent 4 years at St John’s College, Cambridge, studying French and German. During his year abroad he studied German theatre at the Humboldt University in Berlin. Following Cambridge he completed a postgraduate course in drama at the Oxford School of Drama in Oxford before moving to London.
At Cambridge he acted with the Marlowe Society, appearing in Peer Gynt, Tamburlaine and The Lady of Pleasure. He is probably best known for his Geordie character Joe Kirkley in British cult action-horror Dog Soldiers. He has also acted in the films Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, playing a German-speaking porter, and as a hard-hitting soldier, Stevie Millar, in the film Doomsday.
Chris has also had several prominent television roles, namely playing a cowardly German in the TV miniseries Band of Brothers, being Wernher von Braun’s right-hand man, Dieter Huzel, in Space Race, and playing Matt Perry, a dad of 3 unruly girls, in Tracey Beaker Returns.
His stage work is varied and includes the role of Meslis in Neil Bartlett’s production of The Dispute, this Royal Shakespeare Company show won a Time out Award for Best production in the West End and the 1999 TMA Best Touring Production award. Chris has also played Adonis in the 7 Sonnets of Michelangelo at the Lyric Hammersmith, a Geordie in Lost and Found at the Hackney Empire and taken the lead of John O’Brien in a national tour of Catherine Cookson’s The Fifteen Streets.
Further theatre credits are playing Dickens in a joint Cardboard Citizens and Artangel project, which Chris also directed, playing a Welsh stowaway in Measuring Wings at the Etcetera, Orlando in As You Like It, Viola in Twelfth Night, Ross in Macbeth, Hans Rilow in Spring Awakenings and Romeo in Romeo and Juliet.