Philip Elsmore (born 16 November 1937 in Stourport-on-Severn, Worcestershire) is a British actor & director and former broadcaster, best known for his role as senior continuity announcer for Thames Television between its inception in 1968 and the station's demise in 1992, having made both the first and last announcements for the station.
Following National Service with the RAF in West Germany, he trained as an actor, playing minor roles and understudying at the Old Vic, followed by repertory and tours.
In 1963, he started work as a freelance continuity announcer and over several decades became one of Britain's most familiar voices lending his avuncular and saintly tones to a number of ITV regions including Border and Tyne Tees. He was also an announcer for ABC Weekend Television, which was the main influence and majority shareholder for what became Thames, and also announced for Southern Television at weekends while London Weekend Television was on air in London. Since 1992, he has concentrated on reviving his original career as an actor, although he also announced for Westcountry Television in Plymouth during the mid-1990s.
As an actor, Elsmore has played parts in various films and television series including The Bill, Lovejoy, The Governor, Casualty and Doctors. While working for Thames, he also made cameo and guest appearances in networked productions such as Rainbow, Pauline's Quirkes, The Kenny Everett Video Cassette and Eric & Ernie's Christmas Show, often parodying his role as a continuity announcer. In the case of the latter, he holds the distinction of appearing in Morecambe and Wise's very last TV sketch.
He has also written & directed for the stage and still works to this day providing voice-overs for various DVD releases. In 2006, Elsmore provided the narration for Mordant Music's album Dead Air.
- INternet Movie Database Retrieved 2 April 2010
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