Philip Glenister

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Philip Glenister
BornPhilip Haywood Glenister
(1963-02-10) 10 February 1963 (age 50)
Harrow, Middlesex, England, UK
Years active1990-present
Spouse(s)Beth Goddard (2006—present)
Children2 (Millie & Charlotte)
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Philip Glenister
BornPhilip Haywood Glenister
(1963-02-10) 10 February 1963 (age 50)
Harrow, Middlesex, England, UK
Years active1990-present
Spouse(s)Beth Goddard (2006—present)
Children2 (Millie & Charlotte)

Philip Haywood Glenister (born 10 February 1963) is an English actor, known for his role as DCI Gene Hunt in British television series Life on Mars and its sequel Ashes To Ashes.


Television and films

In the early 1990s, Glenister appeared in various TV series including Heartbeat, 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 1998–99, Glenister co-starred as a mini-cab driver who aspires to be a rock star in the series Roger Roger. He 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] He 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]

He 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 deciding not to do a second series,[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] He also appeared in the 2012 premiere of the play This House.


A book by Glenister on 1970s and '80s culture, Things Ain't What They Used to Be, was published in October 2008.[22]

Personal life

Philip Glenister was born in Harrow and grew up in Hatch End in Middlesex. He is the son of director John Glenister, and his brother is actor Robert Glenister. He attended Hatch End Comprehensive School (now Hatch End High School), and with the encouragement of his then-sister-in-law Amanda Redman to pursue acting and attend drama school, the Central School of Speech and Drama. Glenister has been married to the actress Beth Goddard since 2006, and they have two children; Millie and Charlotte.[23]

On 28 October 2008 on the Paul O'Grady TV show he claimed to be a fan of non-league football team Wealdstone.[24] He is also a well known Arsenal fan and a keen golfer.

He 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.[25]



2003Calendar GirlsLawrence
2005Kingdom of HeavenSquire
2010You Will Meet a Tall Dark StrangerPoker Friend
2012Bel AmiCharles Forestier


1991MinderGreg HunterSeries 8, Episode 3: "Whatever Happened to Her Indoors"
1991The Ruth Rendell MysteriesBrian GregsonSeries 5, Episodes 4–6: "Murder Being Once Done" parts 1–3
1991Drop the Dead DonkeyHarrisonSeries 2, Episode 11: "George's Daughter"
1991BergeracPhilipSeries 9, Episode 11: "All for Love"
1992Love HurtsMarkSeries 1, Episode 6: "Stormy Weather"
Series 1, Episode 7: "A Day in the Life"
1992HeartbeatJulian CantleySeries 1, Episode 7: "Face Value"
1992A Fatal InversionYoung DetectiveEpisodes 2 and 3
1993The DetectivesUniformed OfficerSeries 1, Episode 2: "Hostage"
1994Law and DisorderDavid MacNamaraSeries 1, Episode 6: "Safe as Houses"
1994The ChiefAngus ShadwellSeries 4, Episode 8
1994Blue HeavenPaul TwiceSeries 1, Episode 6
1995Loved UpRayTV film
1995Dressing for BreakfastMarkSeries 1, Episode 1: "Wedding"
Series 1, Episode 2: "Mark"
Series 1, Episode 3: "Hospital"
1996True LovePhilTV film
1996Silent WitnessPC DenningSeries 1, Episodes 5–6: "Darkness Visible" parts 1–2
1996Soldier SoldierJimmy ReeceSeries 6, Episode 3: "All for One"
1996–97My Wonderful LifePhilSeries 1, Episode 0: "True Love"
Series 1, Episode 3: "Convent Girl"
Series 1, Episode 6: "Portugal"
1997The Perfect BlueTomTV film
1997Have Your Cake and Eat ItJoe MartinTV mini-series
1997Sharpe's JusticeMatt TrumanTV film
1997WycliffeDS Eric FindlaySeries 4, Episode 9: "Dance of the Scorpions"
1998Vanity FairWilliam DobbinTV mini-series
1998–99Roger RogerPhilSeries 1–2: 13 episodes
2000–02Clocking OffJames 'Mack' MackintoshSeries 1–3: 11 episodes
2001Lloyd & HillDCI Danny LloydTV film
2001The HuntRob CampbellTV film
2001Hornblower: Mutiny
Hornblower: Retribution
Gunner HobbsTV film
2003The Other Boleyn GirlWilliam StaffordTV film
2003State of PlayDCI William BellTV mini-series
2003The ViceJason GrantSeries 5, Episode 7: "Lust"
2003ByronWilliam FletcherTV film
2004Island at WarOberst Heinrich Baron Von RheingartenTV mini-series
2005The StepfatherDougie MolloyTV film
2005The WalkEddieTV film
2005Last RightsSpeersTV mini-series
2005VincentDCI David DriscollSeries 1, Episodes 1–3
2006–07Life on MarsGene HuntSeries 1–2: 16 Episodes
2007CranfordMr. CarterTV mini-series
2008–10Ashes to AshesGene HuntSeries 1–3: 24 episodes
2009DemonsRupert GalvinSeries 1: 6 episodes
2011-Mad DogsQuinnTV mini-series
2011HiddenHarry VennTV mini-series
2011Treasure IslandCaptain SmolletTV mini-series


  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.
  22. ^ "Things Ain't What They Used to Be". Little, Brown Book Group. Retrieved 2008-09-01.
  23. ^ "About Phil", Philip Glenister – The Official Site. Retrieved 2011-02-07.
  24. ^ "Extract from autobiography regarding Wealdstone FC". Little Brown. 19 January 2010. Retrieved 2010-01-19.
  25. ^ "Philip Glenister - Just gaining momentum". Surrey Life. February 2009. Retrieved 2010-04-02.

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