George Costigan

George Costigan
Born 1947 [1]
Portsmouth, Hampshire, England
Nationality British
Occupation Actor
Years active 1975–present

George Costigan is an English actor.

Early life

Born in Portsmouth, Hampshire, Costigan grew up in Salford, Lancashire. After attending St Augustine's C of E Primary School on Bolton Road in Pendlebury, he went to Wardley Grammar School on Mardale Avenue in Wardley near Swinton.


Costigan has been on television since 1978. He starred in the 1982 series of The Barchester Chronicles, an adaption of the novels by Anthony Trollope, in which he played the part of Tom Towers. In 1984 he appeared as Philip the Bastard in the BBC Television Shakespeare production of The Life and Death of King John (alongside Leonard Rossiter in the title role).[2]

He rose to fame in 1986 as adulterous businessman Bob in the comedy film Rita, Sue and Bob Too. He has since starred or featured in many television productions, including The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (providing mellifluous Peter Lorre-type villainy) Kavanagh QC, Coogan's Run, Connie, A Touch of Frost, Inspector Morse, Murder Most Horrid, So Haunt Me, London's Burning, The Bill, Holby City, The Long Firm, Vera, Dalziel and Pascoe, The Ruth Rendell Mysteries, The Inspector Lynley Mysteries, The Beiderbecke Connection, New Tricks and Casualty. His film work includes Calendar Girls and Shirley Valentine.

He has appeared in the role of Max Capricorn in the 2007 Doctor Who Christmas special, Voyage of the Damned.[3]

His partner is the writer Julia North, with whom he wrote a 1990 episode of Birds of a Feather.[4] They have three sons – Niall (who is also an actor), and two others.[5]

In the theatre, he created the role of Mickey Johnstone in Willy Russell's musical Blood Brothers, originally at the Liverpool Playhouse, and later at the Lyric Theatre, London. He most recently played the role of Estragon in Samuel Beckett's play Waiting for Godot at the Manchester Library Theatre for three weeks from 16 February to 8 March 2008, and played Willy Loman in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman at York Theatre Royal in November 2008. In December 2009, it was announced that he is to join Emmerdale as a friend of Rodney Blackstock. He made his debut in the soap in March 2010 and his last appearance was shown on 23 July 2010. On 4/5 April 2010, he starred as Alan, the ex-husband of Christine, Inspector Frost's new love interest in A Touch of Frost. In 2014, he appeared in Happy Valley. He resumed the role, Nevison Gallagher, in the 2016 series. He also starred in the hit TV series Line of Duty as Patrick Fairbank.

In July 2016 he played Sir Ethelred in the BBC's 3-part television adaptation of Joseph Conrad's 1907 novel The Secret Agent.[6]

His first novel ‘The Single Soldier’ is available from Spring 2017. Published via Urbane Publishers.

George Costigan (along with Sally Wainwright, Tim Pigott-Smth, Natalie Gavin and Timothy West) is patron of Square Chapel Arts Centre. George is also patron of The Dark Horse Theatre Company.

Personal life

He married his childhood sweetheart who supported his ambition to be a professional actor, and this early marriage broke down as he pursued his acting ambitions. In 1974, he joined the Liverpool Everyman Theatre Company, where he met his second wife, remaining with the company for eight years.

Costigan is an avid supporter of Everton Football Club.[5]


  2. "George Costigan". Shakespeare in Performance. Retrieved 2007-12-30.
  3. "George Costigan". Hamilton Hodell. Retrieved 2007-12-30.
  4. "Birds of a Feather". 2007. BBC Comedy. Retrieved 2007-12-30.
  5. 1 2 "Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse Theatres". 2007. Everyman Theatre. Retrieved 2007-12-30.
  6. "The Secret Agent: Episode 1: Credits". BBC Online. Retrieved 25 July 2016.

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