Lewis is a gentleman of the old school
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|Played by:||Robert Lister|
|Lives at:||Lower Loxley Hall|
A retired architect, he hasn't completely let go of the reins, taking on the conversion of the Lower Loxley cafe and shop and the Stables extension which was to form Alistair Lloyd's new veterinary surgery.
He charmed Nigel Pargetter's mother Julia, and after a genteel courtship they married in 2005. However, her sudden death later that year cut short their happiness, and there followed a period of dignified mourning.
Lewis still makes himself useful at Lower Loxely, running the art gallery and advising Elizabeth on occasion.
The new exhibition's shaping up nicely.Lewis Carmichael
- Likes - Theatre, the arts
- Dislikes - Vulgarity
- Highs - Marrying his elegant bride Julia
- Lows - Julia's death after only six months of marriage
- Elizabeth Pargetter (Daughter-in-law - albeit from a brief marriage)
- Felicity (Daughter)
Robert joined The Archers in 2004 after a long career in radio drama, legitimate theatre, musical theatre and music hall.
He completed his drama training at the Rose Bruford College in 1966 and after teaching for one year changed course to become a professional actor.
Robert describes himself as a ‘journeyman-actor’ and is a veteran of the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Royal National Theatre, the New Shakespeare Company, and English Touring Theatre among many others.
During an extremely varied career he has played nearly every major theatre in the UK, and toured overseas to the Far and Middle East, Greece, Western Europe, and both North and South America.
Despite his many credits on the ‘legitimate’ stage, and numerous appearances on television and radio, Robert has always nursed an abiding love of Edwardian music hall. In 1986 he finally managed to combine the two disciplines with his one-man show, Mr Marie Lloyd; a portrait of the star's second husband, Alec Hurley. This enjoyed great success and was televised by HTV as part of their series Singular Performances.
Robert lives in Stratford-upon-Avon with his wife Pat and approximately two million tourists – all or any of whom he will happily regale with anecdotes and tales of the immortal Bard for the price of a pint.
I was recruited into the world of Ambridge to become a social partner for Julia Pargetter after her previous ‘friend’, Nelson Gabriel, had left in mysterious circumstances.
I was the only character able to keep the notorious Julia in checkRobert Lister
As the story developed it became clear that I was the only character able to keep the notorious Julia in check! My highlight came when our friendship blossomed into romance in the autumn of our lives, and Julia agreed to become my wife.
Other career highlights
My acting career has now lasted over forty years and each one of them has had some minor highlight or other.
If I’m forced to choose, I’d say I’m proudest of the success of my one-man show Mr Marie Lloyd. As a supporting actor it was an eye-opener to discover that I could write, sing and play a leading part sufficiently well to end up on TV!
- Actor - The late Paul Scofield. I admired him for his range, wit, twinkle, sense of the ridiculous, and for his insistence on remaining a private person in spite of his huge career success. He kept the world of acting in proportion.
- Book - The Wind in the Willows. For me, the finest adult children’s book ever written. But then it’s Edwardian, and deep down so am I.
- Film - Don’t Look Now. It’s exciting, terrifying, and has brilliant storytelling in a baffling narrative structure. I’ve seen it eight times and it never fails to thrill. It also has the most credible and sensitive love-scene ever committed to celluloid.
I'd still like to
...publish my book of Shakespearean puzzles.
List of current characters and actors
- Abbie Tucker
- Adam Macy Played by Andrew Wincott
- Alan Franks Played by John Telfer
- Alice Carter Played by Hollie Chapman
- Alistair Lloyd Played by Michael Lumsden
- Amy Franks Played by Jennifer Daley
- Andrew Eagleton Played by John Flitcroft
- Annabelle Schrivener Played by Julia Hills
- Anthea Jennings Played by Joanna Brookes
- Becky Holden Silent character
- Ben Archer Played by Thomas Lester
- Bert Fry Played by Eric Allan
- Bert Horrobin Played by Martyn Read
- Bethany Tucker
- Brenda Tucker Played by Amy Shindler
- Brian Aldridge Played by Charles Collingwood
- Caroline Sterling Played by Sara Coward
- Charlie Thomas Played by Felix Scott
- Christine Barford Played by Lesley Saweard
- Christopher Carter Played by Will Sanderson-Thwaite
- Clarrie Grundy Played by Heather Bell
- Clive Horrobin Played by Alex Jones
- Coriander Snell Played by Alexandra Lilley
- Dan Hebden Lloyd Played by Will Howard
- Darrell Makepeace Played by Dan Hagley
- David Archer Played by Timothy Bentinck
- Debbie Aldridge Played by Tamsin Greig
- Derek Fletcher Silent character
- Donna Horrobin Played by Alison Belbin
- Ed Grundy Played by Barry Farrimond
- Eddie Grundy Played by Trevor Harrison
- Edgar Titcombe Silent character
- Elizabeth Pargetter Played by Alison Dowling
- Ellen Rogers Played by Rosemary Leach
- Elona Makepeace Played by Eri Shuka
- Emma Grundy Played by Emerald O'Hanrahan
- Fallon Rogers Played by Joanna Van Kampen
- Freda Fry Silent character
- Freddie Pargetter Played by Jack Firth
- George Grundy Played by Rui Thacker
- Graham Ryder Played by Malcolm McKee
- Harrison Burns
- Hayley Tucker Played by Lorraine Coady
- Hazel Woolley Played by Annette Badland
- Heather Pritchard Played by Margaret Jackman
- Helen Archer Played by Louiza Patikas
- Henry Archer
- Ian Craig Played by Stephen Kennedy