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

David Robb
Born (1947-08-23) 23 August 1947 (age 71)
London, England, UK
Years active1970-present
Spouse(s)Briony McRoberts (1978-2013) (her death)

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 The Thirty-Nine Steps in 2001 and Mr Standfast in 2007. He played Dr Clarkson in the television drama series Downton Abbey.

Robb was born in London, to David Robb and Elsie Tilley. He grew up in Edinburgh and was educated at the Royal High School. He married actress and activist Briony McRoberts in 1978. Beginning in 2004, he and his wife ran every year in the Edinburgh Marathon to raise money for leukaemia research. McRoberts died by suicide on 17 July 2013 (age 56), after a long illness with anorexia.[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.


Year Title Role Notes
1974 The Swordsman Alex Zendor
1975 Conduct Unbecoming 2nd Lt. Winters
1976 I, Claudius Germanicus 3 episodes
1977 Die Standarte English Officer
1978 The Four Feathers Thomas Willoughby TV movie
1979 The Legend of King Arthur Lancelot 7 episodes
1980 Hamlet Laertes BBC
1988 The Sandbaggers Paul Dalgetty Yorkshire TV, 2 episodes
1982 Ivanhoe Robin Hood TV movie
1983 The Wars Maj. Terry
1984 The Last Days of Pompeii Sallust 3 episodes
1987 Dreams Lost Dreams Found Ross Fleming TV movie
1988 The Deceivers George Anglesmith
1991 Up the Garden Path Charles 6 episodes
1991 Parnell and the Englishwoman Capt. Willie O'Shea 4 episodes
1993 Swing Kids Dr. Dietrich Berger
1994 Hellbound King Richard
1996 The Crow Road Fergus Urvill 4 episodes
1997 Regeneration Dr. McIntyre
1997 The House of Angelo Lord Vanbrugh
1999 Treasure Island Doctor Livesey
2004 The Life and Death of Peter Sellers Dr. Lyle Wexler
2007 Elizabeth: The Golden Age Admiral Sir William Winter
2008 Sharpe's Peril Major Tredinnick TV movie
2009 The Young Victoria Whig Member
2009 From Time to Time Lord Farrar
2010-2015 Downton Abbey Dr. Clarkson 34 episodes
2015 Wolf Hall Sir Thomas Boleyn 5 episodes
2016 Sacrifice Richard Guthrie
2018 Clique The Dean 2 episodes


  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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