Robin Venetia Ellacott was born on October 9, 1984. She started dating Matthew Cunliffe at the age of sixteen whilst attending the same secondary school. Robin studied psychology at university before dropping out for a reason unknown until revealed in Career of Evil. She moved to London with Matthew in February 2010 and started working for Temporary Solutions. The day after becoming engaged to Matthew, Robin begins temping for Cormoran Strike as his secretary/assistant.
“Robin was, by all standards, a pretty girl; tall and curvaceous with long strawberry-blonde hair that rippled as she strode.” – The Cuckoo’s Calling, Part 1, Chapter 1
Strike thinks Robin is “a very sexy woman” who “looked better curvier” (opinions that he keeps to himself).
Robin has three brothers: Martin, Stephen and Jonathan.
Martin, the youngest, is unemployed and isn’t in school. He likes to joke and mess about. He calls Strike “Hopalong,” (a nickname Strike would probably get a kick out of). In Career of Evil, Martin bets on Ballabrigs in the Grand National and wins 500 pounds. He enjoys going to the Bay Horse pub in Masham with his brothers and friends.
When it comes to beverages, Robin enjoys tea and wine.
As for food, Robin likes crisps (has three packets in The Tottenham in Career of Evil). She eats salad to keep in shape for the wedding. (Strikes thinks “she was becoming too thin” and “she looked better curvier” — again, opinions that he keeps to himself.)
Since she was a child, Robin’s career ambition had always been to become a detective/investigative profiler. Her brothers had laughed at her for saying she was going to catch robbers, so she kept the ambition secret after that.
Robin is a “petrol-head” and loves driving. After leaving university, she took a couple of advanced driving courses, as suggested by her father, to get her out of the house. Her skills are greatly appreciated by Strike who, since the fateful explosion on the road in Afghanistan, is afraid of anyone else driving him besides professional drivers.
In Career of Evil, Robin and Matthew live in a flat located on Hastings Road in the west London area of Ealing. Hastings Road happens to run parallel right next to a street called Denmark Road.
In The Cuckoo’s Calling, Robin and Matthew live in Clapham, an area of London south of the Thames.