Robert Glenister

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.

Robert Glenister
Glenister in 2013
Robert Lewis Glenister

(1960-03-11) 11 March 1960
Watford, Hertfordshire, England
Years active1979–present
Amanda Redman
(m. 1984; div. 1992)

Celia de Wolff
(m. 20??)
RelativesPhilip 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.

He has also had regular starring roles in the BBC dramas Spooks, George Gently and Spartacus.

He appeared as an Irish-American mob boss in Ben Affleck's crime drama Live by Night, which was released in December 2016.

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.

Personal life

Glenister married actor Amanda Redman in 1984; the couple had one child together, daughter Emily, before they divorced in 1992.[1] He later married BBC Radio producer and director Celia de Wolff.[2][3]

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.[4] 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.[5]


Selected theatre


Audio drama



  1. Whiting, Kate (13 July 2009). "Amanda Redman: The laughing policemen are back in New Tricks". Chester Chronicle. Retrieved 25 November 2019.
  2. 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.
  3. Clark, Alex (27 August 2019). "Lost airtime? BBC Radio 4's search for Proust's masterpiece". The Guardian. Retrieved 25 November 2019.
  4. "Actor Robert Glenister on losing side after tribunal tax fight". Belfast Telegraph. 12 April 2019. Retrieved 13 April 2019.
  5. "Spooks actor Robert Glenister slams 'secret police' as he faces £150K tax bill". ITV News. 21 April 2019. Retrieved 23 April 2019.
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