Robert was born in Malta in 1956, the son
of the late Surgeon Commander Peter Gray RN and well known Egyptologist,
and Ann Gray nee Churchill.
He was educated at Seaford College, Petworth. After leaving school,
Robert trained at the Guildford School of Acting.
Robert started as a 'jobbing actor' at the age of seventeen.
His first job lead to five years in repertory theatre, acting in
a different play every three weeks.
He spent a year in the West End performing
in Agatha Christie's 'Murder at the Vicarage' and he played the lead
in a royal gala performance before HRH the Prince of Wales to launch
the Princes Trust.
A change of career saw Robert selling old teddy bears in Covent Garden
Market and touting his wares in the Portobello Road. After much hard
work, Roberts opened an antique shop in the Kings Road. There, his business
developed into the production of handmade furniture and other items.
Property development has been a regular interest in Robert's
life. Robert designed and converted the large building in the
Kings Road from which he then traded into a shop and luxury
flat. He has turned around neglected properties including a
mews house in Islington and a 1960s bungalow in Cornwall.
The latter had been metamorphosised into a funky house with
a minstrel's gallery which never fails to amaze his guests and
where he now has his second home.
After a lull in his acting career, Robert has resumed performing. He
was seen in the 'altogether' which he toured the country in stage version
of 'The Full Monty' and played the Colonel in 'Journey's End' in Hampstead.
He has also appeared
in several television advertisements and has been seen in Shakespeare
in Greenwich Park near to where he now lives.
Latterly, Robert has been involved in the hospitality industry.
His London home has been a stylish guest house since 2001. Robert's
charm has become as much a draw to guests as the quirkiness of the building
and the sausages and eggs he cooks
Robert was featured on Five's 'The Hotel Inspector' with Ruth Watson.
Robert turned the programme around and was an immediate hit with viewers.
His website www.st-alfeges.co.uk
crashed when he received over seven and a half thousand hits during
the course of and within minutes of the show ending.
It has since been shown in Australia, Canada and New Zealand
with the same responses. The emails continue to come and his guestbook
shows the appreciation of viewers and visitors alike.
Unlike most hotel owners who appear on 'The Hotel Inspector', Robert's
popularity has led to subsequent appearances on shows such as BBC's
'Cash in the Attic' and 'Bargain Hunt'
where he and his comrades in arms were playing to save Farnham's Redgrave
Theatre and most recently
'Dickinson's Real Deal'.
Robert's interests include sailing, gardening, antiques,
interior design and collecting Modern Art. He has created two
outstanding homes. His Greenwich property is full of memorabilia from
far and wide. On the Cornish coast he also has a small boat and a 1920's
caravan and a trendy bungalow (both caravan and house may be rented)
He drives his beloved 1959 Morris Oxford in London and has a convertible
Morris Minor for cruising the country lanes.