Dance floor casualty or dance floor king?
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Patrick Robinson is best known as Martin 'Ash' Ashford, one of Casualty’s longest serving and well-loved characters. Whilst Patrick trades in his scrubs for the ruffled shirts of Strictly, here's hoping he doesn't obtain any dance-related injuries during his time on the show as this on-screen doctor hates hospitals.
I don’t like dancing, I love it!Patrick Robinson
Born to a Jamaican father and an English mother, Patrick was the fifth of seven children. Cousin of footballer Ian Wright it seems football talent ran in the family, as Patrick was offered a trial at Southampton F.C but turned it down because it clashed with his drama classes. He’s an avid Arsenal fan and regularly plays matches for the ex-pros and celebrity teams.
Patrick trained at LAMDA and cut his teeth with The Royal Shakespeare Company where he starred as their first ever black Romeo. After four years at the RSC, Patrick became a nationally recognised face joining Casualty. He stuck to his Shakespearean roots, choosing to settle down permanently in Stratford Upon Avon, when not filming Casualty in Cardiff.
Outside of the medical drama, Patrick has pursued screen and stage roles, starring as CIA agent Leon Washington in the 2003 action film, Belly of the Beast alongside Steven Seagal. From 2008 he appeared as Detective Constable Jacob banks in The Bill and in 2011 he took to the stage as Friedrich in The New London Theatre production of War Horse.
Patrick has some previous dance experience having taken part in Let’s Dance for Comic Relief 2009 where he performed a routine based on Riverdance. However judging by his enthusiasm for performing Patrick could quite well be a contender for the top spot in this year’s show “I learned historical dance at drama school and I’ll try my hand at anything, I’ll dance for dancing’s sake. I love funky soul stuff but I’ll get up to dance when no-one else is. If the music hits me, I’m off.”