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When Andrew Lincoln was approached by the television channel AMC three years ago for a possible lead role in a television series called The Walking Dead, he was thrilled.

After all, AMC was the acclaimed production home for the Emmy Award-winning dramas Mad Men and Breaking Bad. And the project was to be helmed by the acclaimed film director Frank Darabont; responsible for the likes of The Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile.

But then the 38-year-old English actor read the first page of the proposal.

“Underneath the title it said: ‘zombie, survival, horror’,” he says. “I phoned up my agent and said: ‘Is this a joke or some elaborate mistake?’ And he said: ‘No, no, trust me. It’s going to be an apocalyptic Lord of the Flies’. And I thought right, I will take your word for it.”

His agent certainly earned his commission, as the series went on to inspire a rabid fan following and a Golden Globe nominee last year for Best Television Drama. In the eyes of American viewers at least, the role

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elevated Lincoln from Keira Knightley’s painfully shy love interest in 2003’s romantic comedy Love Actually to a vampire-slaying cult hero.

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