Phil Davis (actor)

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Phil Davis
Born Philip Davis
(1953-07-30) 30 July 1953 (age 62)
Grays, Essex, England
Occupation Actor, writer, director
Spouse(s) Eve Matheson (m. 2002)
Children 2

Philip "Phil" Davis (born 30 July 1953) is an English actor, writer, and director.

Early life[edit]

Davis was born in Grays, Essex and raised in Thurrock, Essex. His father worked for Procter & Gamble in a soap factory and his mother was a hospital dining room supervisor. From the age of eight, he was interested in acting. He attended Ockendon Courts County Secondary School in South Ockendon, Essex, where he was distracted in class but enjoyed school plays. He also attended the National Youth Theatre and Joan Littlewood's Theatre Workshop.[1]


In 1977, he was cast in the lead role in the play Gotcha! about an under-achieving student who holds two teachers hostage on his last day at school. Blonde haired and slightly built, an early film role was as Chalky, a Mod who is knocked off his scooter by a rocker in Quadrophenia (1978). He then landed the role of midshipman Edward "Ned" Young in The Bounty (1984); co-star Daniel Day-Lewis later rated him as one of his greatest inspirations. He began a long association with Mike Leigh with roles including Cyril the motorcycle courier in High Hopes (1988) and as Stanley the husband of the abortionist in Vera Drake (2004).[1]

He has also made numerous television appearances. More recent roles have seen him mainly cast as disreputable characters, including the mean money lender Smallweed in the BBC adaptation of Bleak House (2005), as Jeff Hope, a murderous cab driver in the first episode of Sherlock (2010), as crime family solicitor Micky Joy in Silk,[1] as Jud, the malevolent servant in Poldark (2015)[2] and as DI Tom Piper in crime drama Black Work.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Davis married actress Eve Matheson in Hackney, London in 2002. They have a daughter, Amy Elisabeth (born 2002). Davis also has a son, Hugo (born 1996), by a previous partner.[4]

Awards and nominations[edit]

  • 1996 Valenciennes International Festival of Action and Adventure Films – Won – Audience Award for: "I.D." (1995).
  • 2001 Royal Television Society – Nominated – Best Actor – Male for: "North Square" (2000).
  • 2001 Broadcasting Press Guild Awards – Won – Best Actor for: "North Square" (2000).
  • 2004 British Independent Film Awards – Won – Best Actor for: Vera Drake (2004).
  • 2004 San Diego Film Critics Society Awards – Won – Best Supporting Actor for: Vera Drake (2004).
  • 2005 BAFTA Awards – Nominated – Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role for: Vera Drake (2004).
  • 2005 London Critics Circle Film Awards – Won – British Supporting Actor of the Year for: Vera Drake (2004).


Recording career[edit]

In 1980, Davis recorded "Blown It", which was released on the Elton John-owned label The Rocket Record Company.[9]


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