Robert Hobbs was born in Cape Town in 1972 and educated at the University of Cape Town, where he graduated with a B.A. Degree as well as a Performers Diploma in Speech and Drama.
A move to Johannesburg proved to be successful when he was cast as a supporting lead in the T.V. drama MOLO FISH and his first major break came later in the same year when he was cast in a leading role opposite Sean Bean in the BBC’s BRAVO TWO ZERO. After this Robert returned to the theatre and appeared in over 15 productions. Highlights being KINDERTRANSPORT for the Market Theatre and the worldwide premiere of John Hunt’s STAND IN THE SUN. In 2001 Rob co- wrote and produced FOR BETTER FOR WORS. He landed a year long contract on the daily drama ISIDINGO. 2003 was his most successful year to date working on the Emmy nominated SCOUT SAFARI as well as shooting the German film, PLATINUM for Martin Enlen (Oscar Nominee – Best Foreign Film). Robert was also cast in John Boorman’s COUNTRY OF MY SKULL. From 2007-2010 he appeared on a sopie called Rythym City playing the role of Bernard Markgraak.
He also starred as mechanic JP van der Westhuizen in the Mzansi Magic telenovela Inkaba, from 2012-2013.
Robert has appeared in other television series including Wild at Heart, The Devil's Whore and Strike Back. Most recently he appeared in the ever so popular, award winning Homeland Season 4, where he played the role of Private Militrary Contractor Gary. In the last year he played a supporting role in Mzansi Magic Drama series Ayeye. The sexy drama is currently airing on DSTV.
Films he has acted in include Hey Boy, In My Country, The Trail, Krakatoa, Volcano of Destruction, Catch a Fire, Jerusalema, District 9, Invictus and Safe House. He recently appeared in the controversial Chappie. Neil Blomkamp follow up to District 9.