In 2001, Lincoln bagged his second major recurring role, fledgling high school teacher Simon Casey in the UK dramedy Teachers. He also received a BAFTA Award nomination for his directorial duties on two of its episodes. The actor then gained international attention in 2003 for playing Mark, the best man who famously declares his love for the bride using cue cards, in romantic comedy Love Actually.
Lincoln later graced the big screen in Enduring Love, Scenes of a Sexual Nature and Heartbreaker. He also played Mr Clarke in Made in Dagenham, starred in action series Strike Back and appeared in productions of The Late Henry Moss and Parlour Song at London’s Almeida Theatre. His career reached new heights when he bagged the leading role in a brand-new comic book adaptation in 2010.
That adaptation was, of course, The Walking Dead. Lincoln fronted the AMC show as Rick Grimes, a deputy sheriff who wakes up from a coma to discover that the world has been taken over by zombies. His character subsequently leads a group of survivors who must learn how to stave off the constant threat of the undead.