George Costigan

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George Costigan
Born 1947 (age 67–68)
Portsmouth, Hampshire, England, UK
Occupation Actor, screenwriter
Years active ? – present

George Costigan (born 1947) is a British actor and screenwriter.

Early life[edit]

Costigan was born in Portsmouth, Hampshire and grew up in Salford, Lancashire. He attended St. Augustine's C of E Primary School on Bolton Road in Pendlebury, then Wardley Grammar School on Mardale Avenue in Wardley near Swinton.


Costigan has been on television since 1978.[1] In 1984 he appeared as Philip the Bastard in the BBC Television Shakespeare production of The Life and Death of King John (alongside Leonard Rossiter in the title role).[2]

He rose to fame in 1986 as adulterous businessman Bob in the comedy film Rita, Sue and Bob Too. He has since starred or featured in many television productions, including The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (providing mellifluous Peter Lorre-type villainy) Kavanagh QC, "Coogan's Run", Murder Most Horrid, So Haunt Me, London's Burning, The Bill, Holby City, Dalziel and Pascoe, The Inspector Lynley Mysteries, The Beiderbecke Connection, New Tricks and Casualty. His film work includes Calendar Girls and Shirley Valentine.

He has appeared in the role of Max Capricorn in the 2007 Doctor Who Christmas special, Voyage of the Damned.[3]

His partner is the writer Julia North, with whom he wrote a 1990 episode of Birds of a Feather.[4] They have three sons – Niall (who is also an actor), Tom and Liam.[5]

In the theatre, he created the role of Mickey Johnstone in Willy Russell's musical Blood Brothers, originally at the Liverpool Playhouse, and later at the Lyric Theatre, London. He most recently played the role of Estragon in Samuel Beckett's play Waiting for Godot at the Manchester Library Theatre for three weeks from 16 February to 8 March 2008, and played Willy Loman in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman at York Theatre Royal in November 2008. In December 2009, it was announced that he is to join Emmerdale as a friend of Rodney Blackstock. He made his debut in the soap in March 2010 and his last appearance was shown on 23 July 2010. On 4/5 April 2010, he starred as Alan, the ex-husband of Christine, Inspector Frost's new love interest in A Touch of Frost. In 2014, he appeared in Happy Valley.

Personal life[edit]

He married his childhood sweetheart who supported his ambition to be a professional actor, and this early marriage broke down as he pursued his acting ambitions. In 1974, he joined the Liverpool Everyman Theatre Company, where he met his second wife, remaining with the company for eight years.

Costigan is an avid supporter of Everton Football Club.[5]


  1. ^ IMDb
  2. ^ "George Costigan". Shakespeare in Performance. Retrieved 2007-12-30.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)
  3. ^ "George Costigan". Hamilton Hodell. Retrieved 2007-12-30.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)
  4. ^ "Birds of a Feather". 2007. BBC Comedy. Retrieved 2007-12-30.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)
  5. ^ a b "Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse Theatres". 2007. Everyman Theatre. Retrieved 2007-12-30. 

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