Philip Glenister

Philip Glenister

Feb. 10th, 1963
Born in
London, England, UK

Philip Glenister's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Outcast TV Show
Life on Mars (UK) TV Show
Life on Mars (UK)
Ashes to Ashes (UK) TV Show
Ashes to Ashes (UK)
Demons (UK) TV Show
Demons (UK)
Cranford (UK) TV Show
Cranford (UK)
Mad Dogs (UK) TV Show
Mad Dogs (UK)
Prey (UK) TV Show
Prey (UK)
Hidden (UK) TV Show
Hidden (UK)
State of Play (UK) TV Show
State of Play (UK)
From There To Here (UK) TV Show
From There To Here (UK)
Living the Dream (UK) TV Show
Living the Dream (UK)
Treasure Island (UK) TV Show
Treasure Island (UK)
For the Love of Cars (UK) TV Show
For the Love of Cars (UK)
Clocking Off (UK) TV Show
Clocking Off (UK)
Hornblower: Mutiny TV Show
Hornblower: Mutiny
Hornblower: Retribution TV Show
Hornblower: Retribution
Petrolheads (UK) TV Show
Petrolheads (UK)
Blue Heaven (UK) TV Show
Blue Heaven (UK)

Main Movie Roles

Guest TV Roles

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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

Glenister has appeared in the television drama series, Vanity Fair (1998) as Major William Dobbin, The Stepfather (2005) as Dougie Molloy, Clocking Off (2000-2) as the factory boss, Island at War (2004) as Baron Heinrich von Rheingarten, State of Play (2003), Hornblower (2001), Sharpe (1997), Roger Roger (1998, 2003) and Vincent (2005), and the film Calendar Girls (2003) as the photographer. In 2005 he made a brief appearance in the Ridley Scott film Kingdom of Heaven.
He is probably best known for his role as DCI Gene Hunt in Life On Mars (2006-7), alongside John Simm's Sam Tyler and in its sequel Ashes to Ashes alongside Keeley Hawes's Alex Drake. Glenister also worked with Simm on State of Play and Clocking Off. He once more worked with Simm on the 1980s-set crime film Tuesday (2008).Upon announcement of the film, Glenister joked that he and Simm were contractually obliged to work with each other once a year.Tuesday premièred in the UK on 10 October 2008.
In late 2007 he starred as Mr Carter in the BBC1 costume drama Cranford, playing a farmer's son and social reforming estate manager for Lady Ludlow (Francesca Annis). In 2009, Glenister played Rupert Galvin, an ex-CIA operative, in a six part prime time ITV1 drama - Demons.


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

Personal life

On 28 October 2008 on the Paul O'Grady TV show he claimed to be a fan of non-league football team Wealdstone 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.His brother is actor Robert Glenister.

  • He is the younger brother of actor 'Robert Glenister (I)' (qv).
  • Trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama 1987-1990.
  • He is the ex-brother-in-law of 'Amanda Redman' (qv).
  • He is the son of director 'John Glenister' (qv).

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