Robert Llewellyn


Robert Llewellyn

Infobox Actor
name = Robert Llewellyn


imagesize = 150px
caption = Robert Llewellyn at Dimension Jump XI (2004)
birthname = Robert Llewellyn
birthdate = birth date and age|1956|03|10
location = Northampton, England
yearsactive =
occupation = actor
spouse = Judy Pascoe
children =

Robert Llewellyn (born 10 March 1956 in Northampton, England) is an English actor, presenter, and writer. He is probably best known for his roles as presenter of "Scrapheap Challenge", and as the android Kryten in the hit sitcom "Red Dwarf". His skills as a physical performer encouraged Grant and Naylor to write Robert Llewellyn additional characters for the series, most notably The Data Doctor ("Back in the Red", series VIII), Human Kryten ("DNA", series IV), and Able ("Beyond A Joke", series VII -which was co-written by Llewellyn).

Robert's first foray into the world of show business started out as a hobby. He was part of a comedy group called The Joeys, with Bernie Evans, Nigel Ordishand and Graham Allum. The group toured the UK and Europe in the early 1980s. Llewellyn wrote much of the material, and also began writing novels. The group split in 1985, having toured for years and done thousands of shows.

Robert's big break came when he was seen at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, performing in his new comedy, "Mammon, Robot Born Of Woman". The story is about a robot who, as he became more human, began to behave increasingly badly. This was seen by Paul Jackson, producer of "Red Dwarf", and he was invited to audition for the role of Kryten.

Llewellyn co-wrote the "Red Dwarf" episode "Beyond A Joke", from series VII in 1997, with Doug Naylor.

In 1997 Llewellyn provided the voice of feeble for a computer game called the feeble files.

Llewellyn has presented a number of programmes for UK television. His first outing as presenter was on "Scrapheap Challenge" produced by Channel 4; the series sees teams of engineers competing to build machines to complete a given task from materials scavenged from a scrapheap. His other presenting roles include a version of Discovery Channel's "How Do They Do It?" and "Hollywood Science", the latter of which is a joint production between the BBC and the Open University.

Llewellyn also recently played the role of the perplexed 'Gryphon' in the film "MirrorMask" (2005). He has described himself as "very much a 'don't want to do it now' kind of person" (Dwarfing USA documentary, Red Dwarf V DVD). On August 24 Robert Llewellyn attended a special briefing session in Seattle Washington at KCTS 9 PBS and confirmed to a small select briefing of fans that just before he left the UK for this visit, the BBC had confirmed that a one hour new episode with all the original cast had been commissioned with filming to start in October of 2008. Robert Llewellyn went on to confirm that the cast had all been informed previously that "something had been in the works" but that they had to keep silent until the BBC confirmed all the details. Craig Charles who is in a long contract with the ITV series "Coronation Street" might have to alter his contract on the show as he plays a cab driver who might have to be written out of the show for a brief time while the new episode was being filmed. Fan reaction at the event was extremely enthusiastic and a DVD of the interview will be made available at some future point by KCTS 9 PBS.

Recently, Llewellyn has starred in the "CBBC" show "MI High" as the Prime Minister. He has starred in several episodes in this role

Llewellyn is also the author of nine books, including "Therapy, And How To Avoid It" with Nigel Planer and four novels:
*"The Man On Platform 5" (1998);
*"Punchbag" (1999);
*"Sudden Wealth" (2000);
*"Brother Nature" (2001).

Llewellyn's project "it2i2", was released on DVD in March 2006. His latest book [http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sold-Out-Survived-Year-Shopping/dp/1856753085/ "Sold Out: How I Survived a Year of Not Shopping"] - based on his YouTube series "Making do" - was published in October 2008.

Llewellyn has featured as a guest on the popular technology related podcast MacBreak Weekly with Leo Laporte.

Llewellyn's wife Judy Pascoe, starred along side him in the Red Dwarf Episode Camille, playing female android, Camille.

Most recently, Llewellyn has become the presenter of Top Trumps.

External links

* [http://www.llew.co.uk/ Official Robert Llewellyn website]
* [http://www.reddwarf.co.uk/ Official Red Dwarf website]
* [http://www.it2i2.com/ it2i2]
* [http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=bobbyllew Official Robert Llewellyn YouTube]
* [http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0515753/ Robert Llewellyn] IMDB page.
* [http://www.myspace.com/robertllewellyn Robert Llewellyn's myspace]
* [http://www.twit.tv/mbw105 MacBreak Weekly 105: Don't Lick The Glass]


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