He appeared in many other classic TV series and had a long career in British theatre, including a stint with the Royal Shakespeare Company. His most recent role was in the new Mammoth Screen/BBC adaptation of Poldark (2015).
He has appeared in the original Swedish version of the detective series, Wallander. He also starred in the Merchant Ivory film, The Europeans and can been seen in Fawlty Towers, The Good Soldier (based on the Ford Madox Ford novel), the musical She Loves Me, Blue Remembered Hills (by Dennis Potter) and Elizabeth R.
Robin lives in Southwestern France with his American wife and a menagerie of animals.
His life-long passion for cooking plus a diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes led to writing his first cookbook, Delicious Dishes for Diabetics: A Mediterranean Way of Eating (Constable & Robinson, 2011). His next cookbook will be published by Little, Brown in early 2016.
A new edition of his memoir, Making Poldark, is being reissued in April 2015 in an expanded form with recent photographs from the making of the 2015 version of Poldark. A new chapter discusses his experience being involved with the Mammoth Screen production, playing a cameo as the unpleasant Rev. Dr. Halse (appearing in episodes 3 and 6). This 4th edition is available for pre-order now on Amazon.com:
ISBN is 978-0-9839398-7-0 (softcover, black and white, 182 pages).
A ebook version of the newly-revised and expanded Making Poldark comes out in April 2015 as well as an audio version, read by Robin himself. The audiobook will be available online via Audible.
Robin was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in his 50s, but was able to control the disease without medication for six years by slightly changing his way of eating and exercising a bit more. He has always loved to cook. His mother had Type 1 diabetes requiring insulin injections–so Robin was aware of the seriousness of his condition and was highly motivated to make improvements in his lifestyle. He hopes others will find inspiration in this cookbook.
His second cookbook, Healthy Eating for Life, was published in January 2014 by Constable & Robinson in the UK.
He runs cooking workshops focused on healthy, delicious and simple recipes in his village of Lautrec in southwestern France twice a year, in late spring and early autumn at La Terrasse, a beautiful small hotel near his home. Details are available here.
Robin and Aidan Turner appeared together recently on the BBC One Show. Some of the show is rather silly (judging hamsters!) but it’s the only moment the two Ross Poldarks have appeared together doing publicity for the new series:
Here’s the opening scene in the original seventies version of Poldark:
Excerpt from Series 1:
Excerpt from Series 2: