ony presents Channel 4's archaeology series "Time Team", and played Baldrick in "Blackadder". He devised and wrote four series of the BBC's "Maid Marian and Her Merry Men" in which he played the Sheriff of Nottingham, made two series of “The Worst Jobs In History”, a documentary about the elderly entitled “Me and My Mum”, and recently a four-part series on British law called “Tony Robinson’s Crime and Punishment.” He has had lead roles in numerous TV series including the 1980’s cult sketch show "Who Dares Wins" and ITV's sit-com "My Wonderful Life".
His first professional appearance was at the age of 13 in the original version of the stage musical "Oliver!" There followed a number of shows, films and TV appearances as a child actor. After training at the Central School of Speech and Drama, he spent several years in rep, worked for two years as a theatre director and made his first notable television appearance as the cerebral palsied Ernie Roberts in Horizon's award-winning documentary "Joey". He then moved on to the Chichester Festival Theatre, the RSC and the National Theatre.
He has made TV documentaries on a host of different subjects including The Da Vinci Code, The Peasants Revolt, the Roman Emperors, Macbeth, Robin Hood and right wing Christian fundamentalism. He recently completed work on a new series on the creation of the world entitled “Apocalypse Earth”, and is about to start on a four-parter on the impact of climate change on ancient civilisations. He is currently making 13 new episodes of "Time Team" and 4 Time Team documentaries. Next year he will be hosting “Time Team America”, and will also be excavating the site of Ned Kelly’s last stand for Australian TV! In addition a brand new series on the paranormal called “Unexplained” will be shown over Christmas, and he is to star in an episode of “Hotel Babylon”.
He has toured his one-man stage show "Tony Robinson's Cunning Night Out” extensively over the last three years, including a series of sell-out performances at the Edinburgh Festival. A DVD of the show was released in November 2007.
He has put all 42 books by Terry Pratchett onto audiotape.
As a writer of children's television programmes he has won two Royal Television Society awards, a BAFTA and the International Prix Jeunesse. His childrens work includes thirty episodes of Central TV's "Fat Tulip's Garden", a thirteen-part BBC series based on Homer's Iliad and Odyssey called "Odysseus – the Greatest Hero of Them All", and twenty six episodes of his Old Testament series "Blood and Honey".
His three most recent books for adults are "The Worst Jobs in History", "Archaeology is Rubbish – A Beginner's Guide", co-written with Professor Mick Aston, and 'In Search of British Heroes'. He has also written eighteen children's books, including "Tony Robinson's Kings and Queens", and in 2005 “The Worst Children’s Jobs in History” (Winner of the Blue Peter Book of the Year). Next year the sequel “Bad Kids” will be published by Macmillan.
From 1996 – 2000 he was Vice-President of British Actors Equity and is currently President of the Young Archaeology Club. From 2000 – 04 he was a member of the National Executive Committee of the Labour Party. He has been awarded Honorary Doctorates by Exeter University, Oxford Brookes, and the Open University, and Honorary MAs by Bristol University and the University of East London. In 2008 he was presented with the “Outstanding Contribution by an Individual” award by the Museums and Heritage Association and the James Joyce award by University College, Dublin.