Robert Lewis Glenister (born 11 March 1960 in Watford, Hertfordshire) is an English actor known for his roles as con man Ash "Three Socks" Morgan in the BBC television series Hustle and Nicholas Blake in the BBC spy drama Spooks.
Glenister in 2013
Robert Lewis Glenister
11 March 1960
Watford, Hertfordshire, England
(m. 1984; div. 1992)
Celia de Wolff
|Relatives||Philip Glenister (brother)|
Glenister made his first television appearance in the sitcom Sink or Swim in 1980. He has also appeared in shows such as Soldier Soldier, Doctor Who (in the serial The Caves of Androzani, opposite his Sink or Swim co-star Peter Davison), Only Fools and Horses (as Myles the millionaire garden centre owner and chairman of the SWANS committee), A Touch of Frost and Hustle as Ash Morgan, as well as several films.
He is probably best known for his starring role in the BBC drama Hustle; Ash Morgan is a high-level con-man who has to convincingly play various roles or characters to pull off a con and lure a 'mark'. He is the only actor who has appeared in every episode of the series.
It was announced in November 2019, that he would guest star in the twelfth series of Doctor Who, due to be broadcast in early 2020.
In April 2019, it was reported that lawyers acting for a company owned by Glenister - Big Bad Wolff - had lost an appeal in a long-running battle with HM Revenue and Customs regarding liability for National Insurance contributions. Glenister subsequently said that he would have to sell or remortgage his house as a result of the ruling, since he now faced a bill of £147,000 plus interest.
- Doctor Who (TV)
- The Caves of Androzani (1984) – Salateen
- Sink or Swim (TV) – Steve Webber
- Cover Her Face (1985) (TV) – Derek Pullen
- Chancer (1990) (TV) – Colin Morris
- Only Fools and Horses – Mother Natures Son (25 December 1992) – Myles
- Soldier, Soldier – Colour Sgt Ian Anderson
- Dangaioh (1993 video) – Gilburgh (voice: English version)
- Pie in the Sky (TV)
- "An Innocent Man" (1994) – D.C.I. Rick Fields
- Casualty (TV)
- Persuasion (1995) – Captain Harvile
- Prime Suspect 4 (TV)
- "The Lost Child" (1995) (TV) – Chris Hughes
- Dirty Work (2000) (TV) – Tubes
- You Can't Dance (2000)
- Just Visiting (2001) – Earl of Warwick
- Midsomer Murders (TV)
- "Dark Autumn" (2001) – John Field
- Hitler: The Rise of Evil (2003) (TV) – Anton Drexler
- Roger Roger (2003) (TV) – Dr. Geoff
- Eroica (2003) – Gerhardt
- Between the Sheets (2003) (TV) – Clive Stevenson
- A Touch of Frost (TV)
- "Benefit of the Doubt" (2001) – D.S. Reid
- "Held in Trust" (2003) – D.S. Reid
- "Hidden Truth" (2003) – D.S. Reid
- Hustle (2004–2012) (TV) – Ash Morgan
- Who Killed Thomas Becket? (2004) (TV) – Narrator
- Spooks – Nicholas Blake, Home Secretary (2006–2010)
- Jane Hall – Dave Searle
- The Ruby in the Smoke (2006) (TV)
- George Gently (2008) (TV) – Superintendent Empton
- Heroes and Villains: Spartacus (2008) (TV) – Crassus
- Creation (2009) – Dr Holland
- Honour Bonds (2010)
- Coming Home (2012) (TV) – Researching his Welsh roots
- The Great Train Robbery (2013)
- The Café (2013–second series) (TV) – Phil Porter
- Cop Squad- Narrator
- Law & Order: UK – DS Jimmy Valentine
- Code of a Killer (2015)
- Live by Night (2016) – Albert White
- Close to the Enemy (2016) – Brigadier Wainwright
- Paranoid (2016) (TV) – Bobby Day
- Journey's End (2017) – The Colonel
- Double Date (2017) - Peter
- Doctor Who (2020) - Thomas Edison
- Edward Voysey in The Voysey Inheritance by Harley Granville Barker. Directed by Greg Hersov at the Royal Exchange, Manchester. (1989)
- Prince Muishkin in The Idiot by Gerard McLarnon. World premiere directed by Greg Hersov at the Royal Exchange, Manchester. (1991)
- Lord Gorin in An Ideal Husband by Oscar Wilde. Directed by James Maxwell at the Royal Exchange, Manchester. (1992)
- Astrov in Uncle Vanya by Anton Chekhov. Directed by Greg Hersov at the Royal Exchange, Manchester. (2001)
- Dave Moss in Glengarry Glen Ross by David Mamet at The Playhouse Theatre 2017-2018.
- The Party Party 1987
- Paradise Lost – Christ (1992, 41 episodes, BBC Radio 4)
- Paradise Regained – Christ (1992, 9 episodes, BBC Radio 4)
- The Wench is Dead -Sgt. Lewis (1992, BBC Radio 4) opposite John Shrapnel as Inspector Morse
- Last Seen Wearing – Sgt. Lewis (1994, BBC Radio 4) opposite John Shrapnel as Inspector Morse
- The Silent World of Nicholas Quinn – Sgt. Lewis (1996, BBC Radio 4) opposite John Shrapnel as Inspector Morse
- Barrymore Plus Four (1995)
- Mansfield Park – Edmund Bertram (1997, Classic Serial, BBC Radio 4)
- Ghost on the Moor – Graham (2001, Afternoon Play, BBC Radio 4)
- A Game of Marbles – Lord Elgin (2004, Afternoon Play, BBC Radio 4) opposite Paul Scofield
- The Woman in Black – Arthur Kipps (2004, 4 episodes, BBC Radio 5)
- Henry's Girls – Henry Purcell (2007, Afternoon Play, BBC Radio 4)
- The Fiery World – William Blake (2007, Drama on 3, BBC Radio 3)
- The Gibson – Saul Judd (2008, 6-part Drama, BBC Radio 4)
- The Time Machine – Time traveller (2009, Drama on 3, BBC Radio 3)
- The Journey – Stephen (2010, Afternoon Play, BBC Radio 4)
- The Exorcist – Father Damien Karras (2014, 2 episodes, BBC Radio 4) opposite Ian McDiarmid as Father Merrin
- Doctor Who: Absolution (2007) – Aboresh
- Whiting, Kate (13 July 2009). "Amanda Redman: The laughing policemen are back in New Tricks". Chester Chronicle. Retrieved 25 November 2019.
- Roy, David (7 August 2019). "Robert Glenister on Brian Friel, Hustle and working with brother Philip – one day". The Irish News. Retrieved 25 November 2019.
- Clark, Alex (27 August 2019). "Lost airtime? BBC Radio 4's search for Proust's masterpiece". The Guardian. Retrieved 25 November 2019.
- "Actor Robert Glenister on losing side after tribunal tax fight". Belfast Telegraph. 12 April 2019. Retrieved 13 April 2019.
- "Spooks actor Robert Glenister slams 'secret police' as he faces £150K tax bill". ITV News. 21 April 2019. Retrieved 23 April 2019.