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Robson Golightly Green (born December 18th, 1964 in Hexham, Northumberland) is a British actor and singer.

Robson Golightly Green was born in Hexham, and named in Northeast tradition as first son after family surnames: Robson is his grandmother's maiden surname, while Golightly is the surname of a great uncle.

Green grew up in Dudley, a small mining village in North Tyneside, where his father worked down the coal mining pits. After being inspired by over-flying jets, he decided he wanted to join the Royal Air Force. On starting secondary school, he joined the Air Training Corps, and also picked up a guitar for the first time, later forming his first band "Solid State" in 1982. Latterly he also spent one night a week at Backworth Drama Centre, and then played in a series of productions at both school and Backworth.

On leaving school at 17, and deciding against the RAF, he joined Swan Hunters ship yard as a draughtsman, and on one occasion tried his hand at professional boxing. After two years at Swan's, he decided on a career in acting, and after auditioning began training under the tutelage of artistic director Max Roberts - his director previously at Backworth. During his training he continued his musical career, forming successful local band "The Workie Tickets". By 1988 he had started his screen career, featured in Shields Stories a series of short stories made by Amber Films.

Green first made his name as an actor in the BBC series Casualty, but after three series moved to national prominence as Fusilier Dave Tucker in the drama series Soldier Soldier.

One episode in 1995 called for Green and co-star Jerome Flynn to sing "Unchained Melody". Subsequently ITV was inundated by people looking to buy the song, and the pair was persuaded by Simon Cowell to release it as a single - a double A-side with "White Cliffs of Dover". It stayed at No.1 for 7 weeks in UK Chart, selling more than 1.9 million copies and making it the best-selling single of the year, and winning the duo the Music Week Awards in 1996 for best single and best album. Subsequently they had two further #1 singles and two #1 albums, all re-makes of standards.

The song gave Green the opportunity to sign a long term deal with ITV, and star in several of the networks dramas, including Touching Evil, Grafters and Reckless. In 1996, he set up an independent production company, Coastal Productions, with business partner Sandra Jobling to give youngsters from the North East the opportunities he struggled for. The company has since produced or co-produced most of Green's television work, as well as local productions at the Theatre Royal in Newcastle upon Tyne. In 2002, Green starred as a forensic psychologist in the crime drama Wire in the Blood

His production company has brought four new dramas to the small screen in the last 2 years, including the massive ratings hit Christmas Lights (also named Northern Lights, and later City Lights), which had viewing figures of nearly 12 million. Coastal also produces drama series, including Hereafter starring then showbiz couple Stephen Tompkinson and Dervla Kirwan.

In July 1998, Green received an Honorary Degree from the University of Northumbria, and in September 2006, he was voted by the general public as number 35 in a poll of TV's Greatest Stars.

He is a fan of Newcastle United F.C., enjoys long-distance running and Italian and Thai food.