Birth Date: August 15, 1946 / Age: 71
Birth Place: London, England, UK
Biography: Tony Robinson (born August 15, 1946) is a British television comedy actor and political campaigner. He is presenter of the popular archaeology television series, Time Team and similar archaeological and historical programmes.
Born in London, his first professional acting experience came at the age of twelve, when he appeared as a member of Fagin's gang in the original production of the musical Oliver!, including a stint as the Artful Dodger.
In the early 1970s he starred in Children's fantasy/comedy programme Sam On Boff's Island, about a man who falls asleep while eating his breakfast cereal and ends up transported to an island which looks just like his cereal. After being part of the Who Dares Wins comedy performers, he came to prominence for his role in the British situation comedy Blackadder as Edmund Blackadder's disgusting man-servant/batman Baldrick. In the first series he was quite intelligent but subsequently his character evolved into that of an intellectually challenged buffoon. His catchphrase in this programme was, "I have a cunning plan."
In the 1980s he also wrote and narrated several Jackanory-style children's programs - although more energetically than the Jackanory house style, with Robinson bounding about the place acting out all the parts. Programs in this style included Tales From Fat Tulip's Garden (continued in Fat Tulip Too), Odysseus: The Greatest Hero of Them All (a retelling of the Iliad and the Odyssey), and Blood and Honey (tales from the Old Testament, filmed on location in Palestine).
In the late eighties he created the comedy TV series Maid Marian and her Merry Men, a loose retelling of the legend of Robin Hood in which he appeared as the Sheriff of Nottingham.
Until 2000, he was vice-president of the actors' union Equity. Since leaving, he has been elected to the Labour Party's National Executive Committee.
In 2004 Robinson presented the Channel 4 television programme "The Worst Jobs in History", re-enacting some of the more horrible jobs of the past millennium. He then took the show on tour around the country along with an autobiographical question and answer session.
Tony Robinson's Cunning Night Out, a largely improvised stage show, followed in early 2005 and included a mix of the many themes from his career for which Robinson is famous. He also presented The Real Da Vinci Code, a documentary for Channel 4's Weird World series which examined (and largely debunked) the claims made by Dan Brown in his novel The Da Vinci Code.
He has also been active in 2005 in the "Make Poverty History" campaign, in the lead-up to the G8 summit in Scotland.