Raymond Andrew Winstone is an English television, stage and film actor with a career spanning five decades. Having worked with many prominent directors, including Martin Scorsese and Steven Spielberg, and starring alongside the likes of John Malkovich, Kate Hudson and Colin Farrell, Winstone is perhaps best known for his "hard man" roles (usually delivered in his distinctive London accent). The first of these was the character Carlin in Scum, the 1979 film remake of a BBC television play in which Winstone had originated the role, and which was not broadcast due to its violent nature. The same year he played an ex-army soldier, Kevin, in the cult classic Quadrophenia. In the 'eighties he rose to prominence starring as Will Scarlet in the successful television series Robin of Sherwood. Winstone has since established himself as a Hollywood A-lister, and also branched out into film production. Winstone has been described as one of the UK's "seminal screen hard nuts", while The Guardian has said that he "plays troubled hard men with such conviction, it's easy to believe he's not acting", adding that he is "the East End's answer to George Clooney". He has appeared in a wide variety of feature films, including Nil by Mouth (1997), Love, Honour and Obey (2000), Ripley's Game (2002), The Magic Roundabout (2005), Beowulf (2007), Fool's Gold (2008), 44 Inch Chest (2009), London Boulevard (2010), Hugo (2011), Point Break (2015) and Cats (2019).