Andrew Lincoln is an English actor. His father is an English civil engineer and his mother is a South African nurse, whose maiden name is Becker. He grew up in Hull and moved to Bath at the age of ten. He attended Beechen Cliff School where, at the age of fourteen, he had his first acting role, playing the Artful Dodger in a school production of Oliver Twist . He spent a summer at the National Youth Theatre in London and became interested in acting as a career. After leaving school, he studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA), and began to use the stage name Andrew Lincoln.
Dickens' hero, Oliver Twist, lived in a difficult time characterised by changes and the resulting serious crisis in the politics, economy and religious life. Victorians expected progress, rapid changes that were to improve their daily lives; apart from the elite, life in the nineteenth century was very hard for most of simple citizens, especially for children. Many peasants, driven away from the countryside by the prospects of better lives in the cities, fell victim of industrial exploitation and the capitalist system of economy. Cities grew in population too rapidly, forcing many to live in squalid neighbourhoods filled with filth and crime. Urbanization meant more places of work, but the cost of living in big cities often exceeded an average family's means. Families were large or too large; people lived in overcrowded houses in hand-to-mouth conditions. Industrial production was carried on at great risks and causing suffering of men, women and children. Britain's status as the 'workshop of the world' was achieved at a great human cost [ 15 ] .