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In 1975 Phil set off upon an acting career and trained at the Birmingham Theatre School with the famous Mary Richards and Eileen Knight. Phil's fellow students in 1975 and 1976 included Toyah Willcox, Kenneth Hadley, Dona Croll, Ian Clarke, Gill Coleman, Peter O'Dwyer, Nigel Harris, Christopher Cookson, Carl Haughland.
He quickly established himself as solid theatre actor playing Sir Toby Belch in Twelfth Night and The Gangster in Kiss Me Kate at Bristol Old Vic. Numerous touring appearances followed including the Ludlow Festival, Dundee Repertory Theatre and Colwyn Bay. In the West End Phil appeared as Durdles in The Mystery of Edwin Drood. Through the 1980s and 90s Rose devoted his time mainly to touring theatre productions. In 1996, in a company that he co founded with Ian Dickens, Phil appeared in a touring production of There's a Girl in my soup with Jack Smethurst, Deborah McAndrew and Tony Scannel.
Every year Phil is well known for appearing in pantomime as the Dame and has more than 20 years experience of this.
Phil is perhaps best known for his role as Friar Tuck in the 1980s TV series Robin of Sherwood. He also played the part of a doctor from the regional health authority the 1984 BBC nuclear-war drama Threads.
In 2007, Rose played science-fiction writer A.K. 'Bunny' Cheesewight in the second story in BBC7's Scarifyers series, The Devil of Denge Marsh. He reprised the role in 2010's The Secret Weapon of Doom. Over the years Phil has appeared in Minder, Gaskin, Jemima Shore Investigates and well as a spell in Eastenders.
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