Today I’m doing something a little different. I met Robert Daws back in September at Morecambe and Vice, and he very kindly spent five minutes with me answering some questions.
Which authors or books inspired you?
There are many authors who inspire or inspired me. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. More modern writers include John le Carre, Thomas Harris, Val McDermid and MJ Arlidge.
Why did you turn to crime writing?
I was either going to write crime or romance as they are both big genres. But I chose crime because I was commissioned to write a pilot for a tv crime show, which was never made. I’m used to entering fictional lives as an actor, but writing is less difficult. As an actor you usually have to work with others, but you’re on your own with writing.
All of your novels are set on Gibraltar. Why is that?
I visited Gibraltar and liked it. It’s like a mini Britain abroad.
*Thank you to Robert for taking 5 minutes to talk to me
Who is Robert Daws?
As an actor, Robert Daws has appeared in leading roles in a number of award-winning and long-running British television series, including Jeeves and Wooster, Casualty, The House of Eliott, Outside Edge, Roger Roger, Sword of Honour, Take A Girl Like You, Doc Martin, New Tricks, Midsomer Murders, Rock and Chips, The Royal, Death in Paradise, Father Brown and Poldark.
His recent work for the stage includes the national tours of Michael Frayn’s Alarms and Excursions, and David Harrower’s Blackbird. In the West End, he has recently appeared as Dr John Watson in The Secret of Sherlock Holmes, Geoffrey Hammond in Public Property, Jim Hacker in Yes, Prime Minister and John Betjeman in Summoned by Betjeman.
His many BBC radio performances include Arthur Lowe in Dear Arthur, Love John, Ronnie Barker in Goodnight from Him and Chief Inspector Trueman in Trueman and Riley, the long-running police detective series he co-created with writer Brian B Thompson.
His first novella, The Rock, has been optioned and is being developed for television. He followed that up with two full length novels, all set in Gibraltar.
He also runs a crime podcast, “Partners in Crime”, with fellow author Adam Croft.