Philip Martin Brown

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Philip Martin Brown
Born (1956-07-09) 9 July 1956 (age 58)
Manchester, Lancashire, England
Occupation Actor
Television Waterloo Road (2006–2013)
Death Comes to Pemberley (2013)
Spouse(s) Pip (?-present)
Children Jodie and Rupert

Philip Martin Brown (born 9 July 1956) is an English actor, born in Manchester, Lancashire. He has starred in many TV shows and films in a career that has spanned decades. He is best known for his role as Grantly Budgen in the television series Waterloo Road.

Early career[edit]

Brown's first appeared on UK television screens playing the role of Sam Potter in A Horseman Riding By (1978).[1]

Recent career[edit]

Brown has appeared in over 130 episodes of Waterloo Road, over nine series; this makes him the longest serving cast member.[2] He has also worked on The Professionals, The Bill, where he appeared in 10 episodes as Seth Mercer, and has made appearances on many other British dramas, including Heartbeat, Midsomer Murders, Hetty Wainthropp Investigates, New Tricks and Doctors. His most prominent role in a drama before Waterloo Road was his portrayal of Eddie Vincent in Casualty, where he starred in 17 episodes between 2002 and 2003. He also played John Adams in the film The Bounty and appeared in Sharpes Justice in 1995. He also played a detective in series 1 episode 2 of ITV drama Rosemary & Thyme. He also appeared in a Skins Online Episode in 2012 playing a drug-dealer. Philip bowed out of Waterloo Road as Grantly Budgen during the Autumn Term of Series 9.[3] Phillip has also been a supply teacher in Mascalls School in Kent (Tonbridge). He appeared briefly in the 1999 film Sleepy Hollow starring Johnny Depp. he will be in Coronation Street in 2015.

Personal life and awards[edit]

He attended Barrow-in-Furness Grammar School for Boys, where his favourite subject was English. At the end of his fifth year, Brown was asked to leave the school, later stating that he was a "dreadful troublemaker".[4] He lives in Paddock Wood, Kent with his wife Pip. They have two children, Jodie and Rupert.

In 2010, Brown was first nominated for Best Actor prize in the 2010 TV Choice Awards, and won it three years in a row.[5]

He's an ex-epileptic causing him to leave the stage until he underwent brain surgery which has left him seizure-free for 22 years. 'Waterloo Road' star Philip Martin Brown recalls epilepsy struggle

He was diagnosed with epilepsy at the age of 19 and is now an ambassador for the charity Young Epilepsy. [6]


  1. ^ "A Horseman Riding By (TV Series 1978) - IMDb". Retrieved 2012-06-09. 
  2. ^ "Waterloo Road (TV Series 2006) - IMDb". Retrieved 2012-06-09. 
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ "Press Office - Waterloo Road: Philip Martin Brown plays Grantly Budgen". BBC. Retrieved 2012-06-09. 
  5. ^ Frankham, Oliver (28 May 2010). "Actor nominated for top magazine award". Kent and Sussex Courier (Paddock Wood edition). p. p3. 
  6. ^ Young Epilepsy website

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