Philip Glenister

Philip Glenister
Born Philip Haywood Glenister
(1963-02-10) 10 February 1963
Harrow, Middlesex, England
Nationality British
Occupation Actor
Years active 1990–present
Spouse(s) Beth Goddard (m. 2006)
Children 2
Parent(s) John Glenister
Relatives Robert Glenister (brother)
Website Official website

Philip Haywood Glenister (born 10 February 1963) is an English actor, best known for his role as DCI Gene Hunt on the BBC series Life on Mars and its sequel Ashes to Ashes, and Reverend Anderson in Outcast.

Early life

Glenister was born in Harrow, Middlesex, and grew up in Hatch End. He is the son of director John Glenister and Joan Glenister, and the brother of fellow actor Robert Glenister. He is of Welsh ancestry from his maternal side. He attended Blackwell Secondary School (now Hatch End High School), and with the encouragement of his then-sister-in-law Amanda Redman, he pursued acting and attended drama school at the Central School of Speech and Drama.


In the early 1990s, Glenister appeared in various TV series including Minder, The Ruth Rendell Mysteries, Heartbeat, The Chief, Dressing for Breakfast and Silent Witness. In 1997, he guest starred in Sharpe's Justice as Richard Sharpe's half-brother Matt Truman.[1] He played William Dobbin in the 1998 mini-series Vanity Fair.[2]

From 1998 to 1999, Glenister co-starred as a mini-cab driver who aspires to be a rock star in the series Roger Roger. He also played factory boss Mack Mackintosh in the first three series of Clocking Off from 2000–02.[3] In 2001, he appeared in two of the Hornblower TV films as Horatio's antagonist Gunner Hobbs.[4]

Glenister played the photographer who took nude photos for a Women's Institute fundraising calendar in the 2003 feature film Calendar Girls.[5] Also in 2003, he appeared in the mini-series State of Play.[6] Glenister played the German commandant, Baron Heinrich Von Rheingarten, in the 2004 mini-series Island at War about the Occupation of the Channel Islands during World War II.[7] Glenister played social reformer and estate manager Mr. Carter in the 2007 BBC costume drama Cranford, as part of a cast including Judi Dench and Francesca Annis.[8]

Glenister is probably best known for his role as DCI Gene Hunt in Life on Mars (2006–07), co-starring with John Simm as Sam Tyler,[9] and its sequel Ashes to Ashes with Keeley Hawes as Alex Drake.[10] Glenister also worked with Simm on State of Play and Clocking Off and the 2008 crime film Tuesday. Upon announcement of the film, Glenister joked that he and Simm were contractually obliged to work with each other once a year.[11]

Glenister starred as demon hunter Rupert Galvin in the 2009 ITV drama Demons. He used an American accent for the role,[12] which received some criticism from reviewers.[13][14] After the series was cancelled,[15] he said he had problems with the role and felt that he may have been miscast.[16]

In 2011, Glenister reunited with John Simm once more in the Sky TV mini-series Mad Dogs about a group of old friends whose holiday in Majorca takes an unexpected turn.[17] After a successful reception, Glenister returned for a second run of the series in 2012.[18]

Glenister had a small role (credited as 'Poker Friend') in Woody Allen's You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger in 2010 and plays Charles Forestier in a 2011 feature film of Guy de Maupassant's Bel Ami.[19]

He stars in the 2011 conspiracy thriller Hidden on BBC One,[20] and he played Captain Smollett in Sky1's adaptation of Treasure Island, broadcast at Christmas 2011.[21] Glenister also appeared in the 2012 premiere of the play This House.

Since 2013, Glenister has played the role of Mr Trevor Gunn, a lothario PE teacher in David Walliams' BBC One comedy series Big School.

Glenister has a leading role in the current Kudos-produced BBC drama, From There to Here (2014) which focuses on the aftermath of the IRA bombing of Manchester in 1996.

In early 2014, Glenister presented the Channel 4 series For The Love Of Cars with fellow classic car enthusiast Ant Andstead. The two friends were set the challenge of restoring classic cars including a Mini Cooper, Land Rover, DeLorean DMC-12, MG T-type, Ford Escort and a Triumph Stag. The first series ended after 6 episodes, in which all 6 classic cars were sold at a London auction, with series 2 being aired in 2015.[22]


A book by Glenister on 1970s and 1980s culture, Things Ain't What They Used to Be, was published in October 2008.[23]

Charity work

Glenister is patron of the charity Momentum in Kingston upon Thames, which aims to help children and the families of children undergoing treatment for cancer in Surrey.[24]

Personal life

Glenister has been married to actress Beth Goddard since 2006. Together, they have two daughters named Millie and Charlotte.[25]

Glenister is a supporter of non-league football team Wealdstone FC.[26] He is also known to be a fan of Arsenal FC.



Year Title Role
1995 I.D. Charlie
2003 Calendar Girls Lawrence
2005 Kingdom of Heaven Squire
2008 Tuesday Earp
2010 You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger Poker Friend
2012 Bel Ami Charles Forestier


Year Title Role Notes
1991 Minder Greg Hunter Series 8, Episode 3: "Whatever Happened to Her Indoors"
The Ruth Rendell Mysteries Brian Gregson Series 5, Episodes 4–6: "Murder Being Once Done" parts 1–3
Drop the Dead Donkey Harrison Series 2, Episode 11: "George's Daughter"
Bergerac Philip Series 9, Episode 11: "All for Love"
1992 Love Hurts Mark Series 1, Episode 6: "Stormy Weather"
Series 1, Episode 7: "A Day in the Life"
Heartbeat Julian Cantley Series 1, Episode 7: "Face Value"
A Fatal Inversion Young Detective Episodes 2 and 3
1993 The Detectives Uniformed Officer Series 1, Episode 2: "Hostage"
In Suspicious Circumstances Herbert Bennett Series 3, Episode 6: "Good as Gold"
1994 Law and Disorder David MacNamara Series 1, Episode 6: "Safe as Houses"
The Chief Angus Shadwell Series 4, Episode 8
Blue Heaven Paul Twice Series 1, Episode 6
1995 Loved Up Ray TV film
Dressing for Breakfast Mark Series 1, Series 1, Episode 2: "Mark"
1996 True Love Phil TV film
Silent Witness PC Jerry Denning Series 1, Episodes 5–6: "Darkness Visible" parts 1–2
Frontiers DS Danny Curtis TV mini-series
Soldier Soldier Jimmy Reece Series 6, Episode 3: "All for One"
1996–97 My Wonderful Life Phil Series 1, Episode 0: "True Love"
Series 1, Episode 3: "Convent Girl"
Series 1, Episode 6: "Portugal"
1997 The Perfect Blue Tom TV film
Have Your Cake and Eat It Joe Martin TV mini-series
Sharpe's Justice Matt Truman TV film
Wycliffe DS Eric Findlay Series 4, Episode 9: "Dance of the Scorpions"
1998 Vanity Fair William Dobbin TV mini-series
1998–99 Roger Roger Phil Series 1–2: 13 episodes
2000–02 Clocking Off James 'Mack' Mackintosh Series 1–3: 11 episodes
2001 Lloyd & Hill DCI Danny Lloyd TV film
The Hunt Rob Campbell TV film
2002 Hornblower: Mutiny
Hornblower: Retribution
Gunner Hobbs TV film
2003 The Other Boleyn Girl William Stafford TV film
State of Play DCI William Bell TV mini-series
The Vice Jason Grant Series 5, Episode 7: "Lust"
Byron William Fletcher TV film
2004 Island at War Oberst Heinrich Baron Von Rheingarten TV mini-series
2005 The Stepfather Dougie Molloy TV film
The Walk Eddie TV film
Last Rights Speers TV mini-series
Vincent DCI David Driscoll Series 1, Episodes 1–3
2006–07 Life on Mars Gene Hunt Series 1–2: 16 Episodes
2007 Cranford Mr. Carter TV mini-series
2008–10 Ashes to Ashes Gene Hunt Series 1–3: 24 episodes
2009 Demons Rupert Galvin Series 1: 6 episodes
2011–13 Mad Dogs Quinn TV mini-series
2011 Hidden Harry Venn TV mini-series
2012 Treasure Island Captain Smollet TV mini-series
2013 Agatha Christie's Poirot Sir William Boyd-Carrington Episode: "Curtain"
2013–14 Big School Mr Trevor Gunn Television sitcom series
2014 Jumbo: The Plane that Changed the World Narrator
From There to Here Daniel Cotton TV series
2014-present For the Love of Cars Presenter Documentary TV series
2015–present Prey David Murdoch Lead Role; Second series onwards
2016 The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses Talbot BBC2 TV series (Henry VI, Part I)
2016–present Outcast Reverend Anderson Lead Role


  1. "Projects – Sharpe", Philip Glenister – The Official Site. Retrieved 2011-02-18.
  2. James, Caryn, "TV Weekend; Ruthless in a Greedy World. Sounds Familiar, Doesn't It?", New York Times, 22 October 1999. Retrieved 2011-02-18.
  3. Gould, Phil, "Time to Clock Off and move on!; Clocking Off star Philip Glenister is moving on once the latest series of the award-winning drama ends", Daily Post (Liverpool), 26 January 2002. Retrieved 2011-02-18.
  4. Pardi, Robert, "Horatio Hornblower, the Adventure Continues: Mutiny Review", TV Guide. Retrieved 2011-02-18.
  5. "Philip Glenister on Calendar Girls", Radio Times, August 2003. Retrieved 2011-02-08.
  6. "State of Play", BBC Drama. Retrieved 2011-02-18.
  7. "Island at War", PBS. Retrieved 2011-02-18.
  8. "Philip Glenister Plays Mr Carter", BBC Press Office, 5 November 2007. Retrieved 2001-02-18.
  9. "BBC Life on Mars". Retrieved 2011-02-18.
  10. "BBC Ashes to Ashes". Retrieved 2011-02-18.
  11. "Mars stars reunite for film caper". BBC News Online. 17 May 2007. Retrieved 2007-05-17.
  12. "Philip Glenister Is Rupert Galvin", STV, 31 December 2008. Retrieved 2011-02-18.
  13. Rawson-Jones, Ben, "Television Review: Demons S01E01: "They Bite"", Digital Spy, January 2009. Retrieved 2011-02-18.
  14. Clay, Jeremy, "TV Review: Demons", Leicester Mercury, 5 January 2009. Retrieved 2011-02-18.
  15. Nathan, Sara and Blackburn, Jen, "Demons Axed", The Sun, 26 February 2009. Retrieved 2011-02-18.
  16. Millar, Paul, "Philip Glenister Regrets Demons Role", Digital Spy, 3 August 2010. Retrieved 2011-02-18.
  17. "Mad Dogs Preview", Sky TV. Retrieved 2011-02-08.
  18. "Mad Dogs Series 2 Confirmed for Early 2012", British Sky Broadcasting. Retrieved 2011-09-15.
  19. "Bel Ami Cast", Bel Ami, A Film. Retrieved 2011-02-08.
  20. "Philip Glenister returns to BBC One in Ronan Bennett's complex new thriller, Hidden", BBC Press Office, 28 March 2011, updated 14 September 2011. Retrieved 2011-09-15.
  21. Fletcher, Alex, "Elijah Wood joins Sky1 'Treasure Island'", Digital Spy, 14 January 2011. Retrieved 2011-09-15.
  23. "Things Ain't What They Used to Be". Little, Brown Book Group. Retrieved 2008-09-01.
  24. "Philip Glenister - Just gaining momentum". Surrey Life. February 2009. Retrieved 2010-04-02.
  25. "About Phil", Philip Glenister – The Official Site. Retrieved 2011-02-07.
  26. "Extract from autobiography regarding Wealdstone FC" (PDF). Little Brown. 19 January 2010. Retrieved 2010-01-19.
This article is issued from Wikipedia - version of the 11/21/2016. The text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution/Share Alike but additional terms may apply for the media files.