Phil Daniels

Phil Daniels
Born Philip William Daniels
(1958-10-25) 25 October 1958
Islington, London, England
Nationality British
Occupation Actor
Years active 1972–present
Partner(s) Jan Stevens (deceased)
Children Ella Daniels

Philip William "Phil" Daniels (born 25 October 1958 in Islington)[1][2] is an English actor, most noted for film and television roles as Londoners such as the lead role of Jimmy Cooper in Quadrophenia, Richards in Scum, Stewart in The Class of Miss MacMichael, Danny in Breaking Glass, Mark in Meantime, Billy the Kid in Billy the Kid and the Green Baize Vampire, Kevin Wicks in EastEnders, DCS Frank Patterson in New Tricks and Grandad Trotter in the Only Fools and Horses prequel Rock & Chips. He is also known for featuring on Blur's 1994 hit single "Parklife".


Since training at the Anna Scher Theatre School in Islington,[3] Daniels has made appearances in many films and television series.

He made his film debut in 1976, at the age of 17, as a waiter in Bugsy Malone.[4] That same year he had significant roles in three television series; The Molly Wopsies, Four Idle Hands and The Flockton Flyer. However, he had enjoyed an incidental appearance (with fellow drama students) the previous year (1975) in Thames Television's You Must Be Joking! Over the following four years he appeared in Quadrophenia, Breaking Glass and Scum. He also appeared in the 1970s TV drama serial Raven.

In the late 1970s and early 1980s, Daniels was a member of new wave band The Cross, along with fellow actor Peter Hugo Daly. They released an album (Phil Daniels + The Cross) and single, "Kill Another Night" on RCA Records in 1979.[5] His musical inclinations were revealed when he starred in a 1985 British snooker musical Billy the Kid and the Green Baize Vampire. He narrated tracks "Parklife" and "Me, White Noise" on the Parklife and Think Tank albums for Blur.

He contributed the voice of Fetcher, the dull-witted rat to the animated film Chicken Run. In recent years he has turned his attention to comedy, appearing in the series Sunnyside Farm and alongside Al Murray in the cult sitcom Time Gentlemen Please. Daniels also starred as Freddy Windrush in an episode of Gimme Gimme Gimme (Series 2, Episode 3 - "Prison Visitor").

Daniels has performed on stage with the Royal Shakespeare Company in plays such as The Merchant of Venice, The Jew of Malta and A Clockwork Orange. In 2004 he appeared in the BBC comedy-drama Outlaws as a criminal solicitor. In 2006 he joined the cast of the popular BBC soap opera EastEnders playing Kevin Wicks. The actor temporarily left the show in early 2007, however, he returned in March 2007. On 18 August 2007, it was revealed in The Sun that Daniels was to leave the show.[6] His character died in a car crash on 31 December 2007.

Daniels, along with his co-stars, attended a Quadrophenia Reunion at London Film and Comic Con at Earls Court on 1 and 2 September 2007.

In May 2008 Daniels ran the Flora London Marathon on behalf of the "Sparks" Charity, and in December 2008 starred in Sheffield Theatre and Evolution Pantomimes co-production of Aladdin as "Abanazar" at Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield.[7]

In late 2008 Daniels voiced a major character in the English language re-release of the cult 2006 Norwegian animated film Free Jimmy, alongside Woody Harrelson and with dialogue written by Simon Pegg. Also in 2008 Daniels starred alongside Gary Stretch and Geoff Bell in the UK film Freebird, directed by Jon Ivay, which followed three bikers across a drug-fuelled ride in the Welsh countryside.

Daniels appeared as The Magic Mirror in the pantomime of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at the Marlowe Theatre in December 2008, which also includes a role by former EastEnders colleague Emma Barton.[8]

Daniels appeared in the 2008 series of Strictly Come Dancing with dancing partner Flavia Cacace. He was the first to be eliminated from the show on 21 September 2008.[9]

He appeared on Celebrity Mastermind: 2008/2009, finishing in second place on 24 points. On 26 June 2009 he appeared on stage with Blur at the M.E.N. Arena and then again on 28 June 2009 at Glastonbury 2009 on their song "Parklife",[10] as well as on 2/3 July 2009 in their Hyde Park Concerts.[11] Daniels portrayed Del Boy's grandfather in a prequel to the comedy series Only Fools and Horses called Rock & Chips, which was screened in January 2010 and, on 13 September 2010 on BBC Radio Five Live, James Buckley confirmed that Rock & Chips would be returning for two specials, one at Christmas 2010, and the other at Easter 2011. Daniels has subsequently reprised his role as Ted Trotter in both of the Rock & Chips specials. 2013 saw the release of the film Vinyl in which Phil Daniels not only stars but also wrote and performs most of the film's music soundtrack. Directed by Sara Sugarman, Vinyl is the story of an aging rock group forced to con the music industry to gain radio play of future record releases. The film is based on true events faced by The Alarm that took place in the U.K. in 2004.

Daniels now co-hosts a weekly podcast with Ceri Levy dedicated to Chelsea Football Club, "The Chels - The Chelsea Podcast".[12]

In September 2012 Daniels appeared in a production of This House at the National Theatre's Cottesloe Theatre. It transferred to the Olivier in February 2013.

In 2015, It was announced that he would play the role of Thenardier in Les Misérables.

Daniels revisited his role in a revival of This House at the Minerva Theatre in Chichester in September 2016 and now (November 2016-Feb 2017) appears in This House at The Garrick Theatre in the West End of London

Personal life

Daniels had a long-term relationship with Jan Stevens, who died of pancreatic cancer in 2012.[13] The couple had one daughter, Ella (born c.1990).[14][15] He is a Chelsea F.C. fan.[16]


Year Title Role
2012 Vinyl Johnny Jones
2008 Weekes' Revenge Brian Harris
2008 Freebird Grouch
2006 Free Jimmy Gaz (voice), English language version released in 2008
2001 Goodbye Charlie Bright Eddie
2000 Chicken Run Fetcher (voice)
1999 Last Christmas Geoff
1998 Still Crazy Neil Gaydon
1985 The Bride Bela
1985 Billy the Kid and the Green Baize Vampire Billy the Kid
1984 Meantime Mark Pollock
1980 Breaking Glass Danny
1979 Zulu Dawn Pullen
1979 Quadrophenia Jimmy Cooper
1979 Scum Richards
1978 The Class of Miss MacMichael Stewart
1977 Scum (Banned BBC version) Richards
1976 Bugsy Malone Waiter

Television work




Other songs


  1. Marlowe, Sam (13 February 2003). "Phil Daniels: A mod for all seasons". The Independent. Retrieved 8 September 2008.
  2. Phil Daniels bio at Rotten Tomatoes
  3. Harris, Craig. "Phil Daniels". Allmusic. Retrieved 6 March 2010.
  4. Phil Daniels at the Internet Movie Database
  5. "Bitz", Smash Hits, EMAP National Publications Ltd, 15–28 November 1979, p. 10.
  6. Sky News Pictures
  7. The Stage review of Aladdin at Lyceum Sheffield.
  8. Nurden, John (10 December 2008). "Snow White: Bewitching panto at Canterbury's Marlowe Theatre". This is Kent. Retrieved 6 March 2010.
  9. Salter, Jessica (22 September 2008). "Phil Daniels first out of Strictly Come Dancing". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 15 April 2009.
  10. "Blur close Glastonbury 2009 in epic fashion". NME. 29 June 2009. Retrieved 6 March 2010.
  11. Bonner, Michael (3 July 2009). "Blur -- Hyde Park, London, July 2, 2009 and more recently at the BRIT Awards 2012". Uncut. Retrieved 6 March 2010.
  12. Playback, The Chels - The Chelsea Podcast with Phil Daniels.
  13. Michael Coveney, blog, 8 October 2012.
  14. Gould, Lara (29 October 2006). "One more year then I may ride off on me scooter". Sunday Mirror. Retrieved 6 March 2010.
  15. Sweeney, Ken (12 April 2009). "The Diary, Ken Sweeney - Scene and Heard". Sunday Tribune. Retrieved 6 March 2010.
  16. John, Emma (6 April 2006). "My sporting life: Phil Daniels". The Observer. Retrieved 6 March 2010.
  17. "The Tin Drum". Retrieved 19 September 2008.
  18. "Saturday Play, On the Ceiling". BBC. Retrieved 13 November 2010.

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