I had the pleasure of working intensely with Rob over eight episodes of the first season of Penny Dreadful. And it was intense. But despite cold, bleak, 4am starts, having his head wet-shaved every morning and undergoing six hours of full body prosthetic make-up application for his role as The Vampire, Rob was a genuine joy to work with – calm, composed, uncomplaining. The guy’s a class act.
Robert came in and the minute he started moving - and he was in normal clothes - instantly we knew, 'That's it!' He just had the right body type, the right face, and he could move. What Robert does is that he has this weird, insect style of movement. He actually brought it himself, too. The movement coach gave him some ideas, but Robert went with it. The minute he did it, there was no doubt in our minds that that was the vampire.
- The Art and Making of Penny Dreadful by Sharon Gosling
Robert is an actor and creature/prosthetics specialist of extraordinary talent and proportions.
My association with Robert began when working together on series 11 of Red Dwarf - Robert was playing a GELF, a hideously disfigured creature and I was tasked with applying and maintaining his extensive make-up. Robert sat through the application process with patience and enthusiasm, traits that are both essential to wearing character make-up. His performance was outstanding and he handled the make-up removal process with humour.
We have since gone on to work together a number of times where I have used Robert as a model for demonstration make-ups; he has sat through life casts and many hours in the chair both in my studio and in front of crowds at events, proving to have been the right choice every time. He is always punctual, photogenic and with great communication skills to boot.
I can confidently say that he is one of the most visually striking and engaging actors I have worked with and I truly look forward to seeing what he does next.