ROBERT Bathurst was one of the original stars of award-winning drama Cold Feet when it burst onto screens back in 1998.
Using his fame from the show as a springboard, he’s gone on to star in hit programmes including Wild at Heart and Downton Abbey. We take a closer look at the man who plays David Marsden…
Who is Robert Bathurst and how did he rise to fame?
Robert Bathurst was born in Accra, the capital of Ghana, in 1957, where his management consultant father worked.
Aged two, Robert and his parents moved to Dublin, Ireland, before relocating to Sussex, England seven years later.
The academically gifted star became involved in amateur dramatics while on the south coast and, despite reading law at Cambridge, decided to pursue acting full time after graduating.
In 1983 he made his stage debut at the Savoy Theatre and starred in a series of TV shows throughout the decade including The Lenny Henry Show.
A recurring role in Joking Apart in 1991 paved the way for his role as David Marsden, coincidentally a management consultant, in Cold Feet in 1998.
What TV shows has he starred in?
After spending five years in Cold Feet from 1998 until 2003, Robert launched himself straight into My Dad’s the Prime Minister, which ran for two series.
In recent years he’s best known for the recurring role of Sir Anthony Strallan in Downton Abbey, Ed Lynch in Wild at Heart and as Ed Howzer-Black, alongside Matt Berry, in Toast of London.
Is he in a relationship?
Robert is married to artist Victoria Threlfall. The couple tied the knot in 1985 and have four daughters: Matilda, Clemency, Oriel and Honor.
What is Cold Feet, what is it about and who is in it?
Cold Feet is a comedy-drama series about a group of British couples living in Manchester, which began airing in a one-hour format on ITV in 1997, a whopping 20 years ago.
The original run featured five series and ended in 2003, but it came back last year.
Almost all of the main cast members returned – James Nesbitt, Hermione Norris, John Thomson, Faye Ripley and Bathurst.
Helen Baxendale – also known for playing Ross’s girlfriend Emily in Friends – chose not to return, which is just as well as her character Rachel is technically dead.
In August 2017 it was revealed that Benidorm and The Loch actress Siobhan Finneran is joining the cast as Cheshire housewife Nikki Kirkbright.
The soap-like show follows the divorces, affairs, parenting and personal problems of six people involved in three couples who happen to be friends.
It’s written by screenwriter Mike Bullen and it’s won over 20 top awards, mostly in comedy categories.