At 49 years old, Andrew Lincoln has this physical status:
In 1994, Lincoln made his TV debut in "Births and Deaths", an episode of the Channel 4 sitcom Drop the Dead Donkey. In 1995, soon after finishing drama school, he made his breakthrough with his first major role playing Edgar "Egg" Cook, one of the leading characters in the acclaimed BBC drama This Life. He went on to star in a number of British television series and dramas such as The Woman in White, The Canterbury Tales, and Wuthering Heights, most notably as probationary teacher Simon Casey in the successful Channel 4 sitcom Teachers. He also had a lead role as university lecturer and psychologist Robert Bridge in Afterlife, and starred in the Sky 1 series Strike Back with Richard Armitage in 2010.
Lincoln appeared in several films such as Human Traffic and Gangster No. 1 and starred alongside Vanessa Paradis in Pascal Chaumeil's Heartbreaker. In particular, his role as Mark in the 2003 film Love Actually gained him wider recognition.
In addition, Lincoln has performed in plays, including Hushabye Mountain in 1999, the widely praised Blue/Orange in 2000 and 2001, The Late Henry Moss in 2006, the Parlour Song in 2009, as well as radio productions. He has done voice-overs for documentaries, advertisements, and government campaigns. He directed two episodes in the third series of Teachers for which he received a BAFTA nomination for Best New Director (Fiction) in 2004.
In April 2010, Lincoln was cast as Rick Grimes, the protagonist of AMC's live-action television series adaptation of the post-apocalyptic horror comic book The Walking Dead. Grimes is a sheriff's deputy who awakens from a month-long coma in the midst of a zombie apocalypse caused by an unknown pathogen. He becomes the leader of a group of family and friends who are forced to relentlessly fight off flesh-eating zombies and hostile humans. In 2010, Lincoln signed up for the show for a potential six years. He then renegotiated a deal for two further seasons. Lincoln appeared on the show for the final time on 4 November 2018, having previously stated that he wished to spend more time with his children.
According to The New York Times, Lincoln's role on The Walking Dead made him "the center of one of the world's biggest pop culture franchises". Lincoln has received various awards and nominations for his portrayal of Rick Grimes; he won the Saturn Award for Best Actor on Television in 2015 and again in 2017.
Following Lincoln's departure from The Walking Dead it was announced on Talking Dead by Scott M. Gimple that Lincoln would reprise his role of Rick Grimes in a trilogy of feature-length films set for theatrical distribution by Universal Pictures. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the films were delayed. On June 22, 2022 during AMC's The Walking Dead panel at San Diego Comic-Con, it was announced that the Rick Grimes Trilogy will be replaced with 6-hour show starring both Lincoln and Danai Gurira.
Lincoln also received critical acclaim for his work on The Walking Dead. In 2012 and 2015, TVLine spotlighted Lincoln as "Performer of the Week" for his performance in the fourth episode of season 3 ("Killer Within") and for the fifteenth episode of season 5 ("Try"), respectively. Regarding Lincoln's performance on "Try", TVLine commented, "We always knew that Lincoln could play the living daylights out of anything that was thrown at him. But until this week's episode of The Walking Dead, we didn't realize that he could act his way from A to Z all within the span of a single hour". Jacob Stolworthy of The Independent commented that Lincoln's performance in the first episode of season seven is "a moment where Andrew Lincoln excels, his character coming full circle".
In 2019, Lincoln was cast in and filmed his first non-The Walking Dead role since 2010 in the drama Penguin Bloom.