Obituary: Christopher Robert

Christopher Robert. Photo: Michael Pollard

Actor, director and teacher Christopher Robert was born on November 1,1953, and trained at Chorley College as a drama teacher.

A larger than life character, it was no surprise that after a successful teaching career, he became a professional actor. With the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford, he played Sir Toby Belch in Michael Boyd’s Twelfth Night, multiple roles in Nancy Meckler’s The Comedy of Errors and Baptista in The Taming of the Shrew, directed by Sarah Esdaile. He also understudied Ian McKellen and Simon Callow in Sean Mathias’ revival of Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot.

Although he appeared on television and film, it was in the theatre that he worked most – with a wide repertoire that included pantomime dames – at many regional reps, including Theatr Clwyd, Watford Palace and Salisbury Playhouse. The perfect ‘company man’, he was much loved by his colleagues. A fine baritone with musical theatre and opera skills, he was an active member of Wigan Little Theatre.

Warm, kind, with a twinkle in his eye and a wicked, self-deprecatory sense of humour, he was proud of his north-west roots and was much respected by those he taught in schools and drama schools.

Christopher Robert, who was born Christopher Norris, died on October 9, aged 63. He is survived by his wife.