Q&A

Rob­son Green, ac­tor

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Born in Northum­ber­land, Green, 54, starred along­side Jerome Flynn in the long-run­ning TV se­ries Soldier Soldier; the pair went on to have a No 1 hit in 1995 with Un­chained Melody. Green’s other tele­vi­sion work in­cludes Wire In The Blood and Ex­treme Fish­ing. Since 2014 he has ap­peared in the ITV drama Grantch­ester; a fourth se­ries has just started. He is twice di­vorced and lives in Northum­ber­land.

When were you hap­pi­est?

When I landed the role in Soldier Soldier. I thought, “Oh my good­ness, I’m go­ing to be do­ing some­thing that makes me happy, I’m do­ing it abroad and they’re go­ing to pay me.” I was 26.

What is your great­est fear?

No­body turn­ing up to my fu­neral.

What is your ear­li­est mem­ory?

When I was three, I ran over my brother, David. He’d just been born, ev­ery­body was pay­ing him at­ten­tion and be­ing the nar­cis­sist that I am, I ran him over with my tri­cy­cle.

What is the trait you most de­plore in your­self?

I talk about my­self too much – but isn’t that the def­i­ni­tion of an ac­tor?

What is the trait you most de­plore in oth­ers?

Ig­no­rance.

Prop­erty aside, what’s the most ex­pen­sive thing you’ve bought?

Fire­works. I was given a py­rotech­nics course by my son for my 40th birth­day, so I do dis­plays. I can av­er­age five to 10 grand on one dis­play.

What makes you un­happy?

Brexit.

Who would play you in the film of your life?

De­clan Don­nelly. What do you most dis­like about your ap­pear­ance?

I’ve got a mono­brow that I have to shave ev­ery week, and an amaz­ing amount of hair com­ing out of my ears and nose. I had a hairy chest when I was 12.

What is your most un­ap­peal­ing habit?

Pick­ing my nose in pub­lic.

What is your favourite smell?

Fish and chips.

What did you want to be when you were grow­ing up?

An as­tro­naut.

What is the worst thing any­one’s said to you?

A girl­friend said, “You don’t know what love is, you don’t know how to love and you’ll never be loved.”

Is it bet­ter to give or to re­ceive?

Re­ceive, al­ways.

What or who is the great­est love of your life?

Space travel – I am ad­dicted, I’ll watch or read any­thing about it.

What has been your big­gest dis­ap­point­ment?

I did a TV job, Ain’t Mis­be­havin’, purely for the money.

I was dis­ap­pointed with my­self and, in­evitably, in­cred­i­bly un­happy.

How of­ten do you have sex?

As of­ten as I can. I’m just grate­ful.

What do you con­sider your great­est achieve­ment?

Sur­viv­ing the entertainment in­dus­try.

Tell us a se­cret

I went for of­fi­cer train­ing to be a fighter pilot, but never got past the ap­ti­tude test. So I de­cided to put on makeup and ponce about in front of a cam­era

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