Who is Gael Anderson?
Born on 1st January 1970 in London, England, Gael Anderson is the daughter of rock legend Ian Anderson and also known for being Andrew Lincoln’s wife. Standing tall at 5ft 9in (1.75m) tall and weighing about 127lbs (58kgs) with unknown vital statistics, Gael has often been described as a statuesque beauty.
Gael’s father, Ian Scott Anderson, is a Scottish musician and singer-songwriter, known for being the lead vocalist, flautist,and acoustic guitarist of British rock band Jethro Tull. The multi-instrumentalist was born in August 1947 and is also a skilled keyboard, bass guitar, saxophone, harmonica, electric guitar, bouzouki and balalaika player.
Ian enjoyed an idyllic upbringing in Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland, with his parents and two older brothers – James worked running a local RSA Boiler Fluid Company. In 1950, the family relocated to Edinburgh, and not long afterwards Ian began sharing his father’s love for music including jazz, despite being put off by emerging rockstars such as Elvis Presley, due to their flashy Hollywood lifestyles. In 1959, the family made their final move to Blackpool, England, with Ian studying at Blackpool Grammar School. He was later asked to leave for refusing to submit to corporal punishment, and went on to further his studies at Blackpool College of Art, where he earned a fine arts degree while living in Lytham St Annes.
Ian formed his first band The Blades in 1963, with his school friends Michael Stephens, John Evans, Jeffrey Hammond and Barriemore Barlow, who played the guitar, keyboards, bass and drums respectively. Ian himself was the vocalist and also played guitar and harmonica, with the group’s first performance taking place at the Holy Family Church Hall in North Shore. Jethro Tull was founded four years later, and quickly became known for incorporating an electrifying mix of musical genres in their works, including jazz fusion and hard rock. After performing in London’s busy club scene for a year, the group released their debut project, “This Was”, to great fanfare.
Over the decades, the group transitioned from progressive rock to folk rock before disbanding in 2012, then reuniting in 2017. Diehard fans were thrilled by the release of their latest project, “The Zealot Gene”, in January 2022, as the album marked the group’s first studio album with original material since 1999. Some of Ian’s solo career highlights include appearing on a Time cover in 1973, receiving the Ivor Novello Award for International Achievement in 2006, and being appointed as a Member of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2008 for his services to music. In 2011, the musical powerhouse was also awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Abertay University.
After matriculating from Downe House School in Thatcham, England, Gael chose not to further her studies and drifted between jobs, until her brief-lived job as a floor runner on several episodes of “Teachers”, an early 2000s comedy series starring Ursula Holden Gill and Gillian Bevan. Gael met her future husband Andrew, one of the main characters, on the set of the show, with the famous actor making the first move and asking her out on a date almost immediately. As there’s no online information about Gael’s work history after her stint on “Teachers”, it’s widely believed that the stunning blonde chose to settle into life as a homemaker, following the births of their children.
Gael and Andrew married on 10th June 2006 in a private ceremony following a five-year relationship. The following year they welcomed their first child, Matilda, to the world, completing the family in 2010 with the birth of their son Arthur. Andrew Clutterbuck, who is of English and South African heritage, was born in London on 14th September 1973 to a civil engineer and a nurse. The family’s first move came in 1975 when they relocated to Hull, Yorkshire, with their second move in 1982 leading them to Bath, Somerset. At Beechen Cliff School, Andrew landed his first acting role in a school production of “Oliver!”, playing The Artful Dodger. Encouraged by peers and teachers alike, the handsome thespian studied at the prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) after matriculating, also changing to his stage name of Andrew Lincoln.
Before graduating, Andrew’s TV debut came in an episode of “Drop the Dead Donkey”, a popular Channel 4 sitcom. His breakthrough came the following year thanks to his portrayal of Edgar Cook, one of the most popular characters in “This Life”, a gritty BBC drama. From then on, the actor’s career went from strength to strength thanks to his roles in “The Canterbury Tales”, “Wuthering Heights”, and “The Woman in White”. He also starred in “Strike Black”, a Sky 1 series, alongside Richard Armitage. Other notable roles include as Mark in “Love Actually” and his performance in “Heartbreaker”, a Pascal Chaumeil movie in which the handsome Brit co-starred opposite Vanessa Paradis.
However, his biggest role to date is arguably his portrayal of Rick Grimes in AMC’s “The Walking Dead”, which has led to him winning two Saturn Awards for Best Actor in a Television Series, and being nominated in countless other categories. Originally, Andrew signed a contract with AMC for up to six years, but following the show’s success, he renegotiated a deal for two more seasons before gracefully bowing out in November 2018, having said that he wanted to spend more time with his young children.
Despite his departure, it was later announced that Andrew would return to the “Walking Dead” universe as Rick Grimes in a feature-length trilogy which would be distributed by Universal Pictures. Due to numerous delays caused by the coronavirus pandemic, it’s unsure when recording will begin, although fans are keeping an eye out on every possible detail.
Gael’s individual net worth is thought to be less than $100,000 due to a lack of information regarding her professional career. As for her husband, Andrew is said to be worth $16 million, reportedly commanding up to $650,000 an episode in the last two seasons of “The Walking Dead”.