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February 28, 2004

San Francisco Chronicle

Actor Robson Green is beloved in Britain as a brooding everyman, but he's barely known in the United States. That may be changing. Green headlines two series airing this winter on BBC America. In "Wire in the Blood," he plays a deeply eccentric criminal profiler. In the six-episode legal drama "Trust," Green stars as a career-obsessed attorney who masters the art of the deal as his marriage falls apart. Beyond these imports, Green is seeking to boost his visibility in the States by snagging his first American project. For five days, he's been booked solid in Los Angeles "taking meetings" with "CSI" producer Jerry Bruckheimer, director Ron Howard and scads of other film and TV executives.

"Singing has always been a large part of my life," Green says. "I was a singer before I was an actor. I formed an a cappella group called the Workey Tickets, and we toured Britain for four years performing renditions of popular music."

Green decided he could live with one-hit wonder status and returned to acting full time after giving a traumatic performance for the queen of England. "It was quite surreal," Green says. "I'm singing in front of the Queen Mother -- the wheel was turning, but the hamster was dead. It was all just too much. I was just like, 'Oh, my God, what am I doing?' My mom had a gold dress on and she's sobbing: 'Oh, there he is, he's made it.' So that did it." When it was over, Green says, laughing, "I didn't bow. I ran."

Posted by acapnews at February 28, 2004 8:40 AM

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