Robert Glenister

Robert Lewis Glenister (born 11 March 1960 in Watford, Hertfordshire) is an English actor. The son of the television director John Glenister and the older brother of actor Philip Glenister, he is known for roles including con man Ash "Three Socks" Morgan in the BBC television series Hustle (2004–2012) and Nicholas Blake in the spy drama Spooks (2006–2010).

Robert Glenister
Glenister in 2013
Robert Lewis Glenister

(1960-03-11) 11 March 1960 (age 61)
Watford, Hertfordshire, England
Years active1979–present
(m. 1984; div. 1992)

Celia de Wolff
(m. 1999)
Parent(s)John Glenister
Joan Fry Lewis
RelativesPhilip Glenister (brother)


Glenister had a regular role in the BBC sitcom Sink or Swim, which ran from 1980 until 1982. He has also appeared in shows such as Soldier Soldier, Only Fools and Horses (as Myles the millionaire garden centre owner and chairman of the SWANS committee), A Touch of Frost and Inspector George Gently, as well as several films.

He had a starring role in the BBC drama Hustle as Ash Morgan, a high-level con-man who has to convincingly play various roles or characters to pull off a con and lure a 'mark'. He is the only actor who has appeared in every episode of the series. He has also had regular starring roles in the BBC drama Spooks and appeared in Spartacus. He appeared as an Irish-American mob boss in Ben Affleck's crime drama Live by Night, which was released in December 2016. He has been cast twice in Doctor Who, playing Salateen in The Caves of Androzani (1984) (opposite his Sink or Swim co-star Peter Davison) and Thomas Edison in "Nikola Tesla's Night of Terror" (2020).

Personal lifeEdit

Glenister married actor Amanda Redman in 1984; the couple had one child together, daughter Emily, before they divorced in 1992.[1] He later married BBC Radio producer and director Celia de Wolff, with whom he has one child, son Tom.[2][3]

In April 2019, it was reported that lawyers acting for a company owned by Glenister - Big Bad Wolff - had lost an appeal in a long-running battle with HM Revenue and Customs regarding liability for National Insurance contributions.[4] Glenister subsequently said that he would have to sell or remortgage his house as a result of the ruling, since he now faced a bill of £147,000 plus interest.[5]


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  1. ^ Whiting, Kate (13 July 2009). "Amanda Redman: The laughing policemen are back in New Tricks". Chester Chronicle. Retrieved 25 November 2019.
  2. ^ Roy, David (7 August 2019). "Robert Glenister on Brian Friel, Hustle and working with brother Philip – one day". The Irish News. Retrieved 25 November 2019.
  3. ^ Clark, Alex (27 August 2019). "Lost airtime? BBC Radio 4's search for Proust's masterpiece". The Guardian. Retrieved 25 November 2019.
  4. ^ "Actor Robert Glenister on losing side after tribunal tax fight". Belfast Telegraph. 12 April 2019. Retrieved 13 April 2019.
  5. ^ "Spooks actor Robert Glenister slams 'secret police' as he faces £150K tax bill". ITV News. 21 April 2019. Retrieved 23 April 2019.

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