Phil Davis (actor)

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Phil Davis
Born Philip Davis
(1953-07-30) 30 July 1953 (age 63)
Grays, Essex, England
Occupation Actor, writer, director
Known for Quadrophenia (1979)
Sherlock (2010)
Whitechapel (2009–2013)
Being Human (2013)
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. Blond haired and slightly built, an early film role was as Chalky, a Mod who is knocked off his scooter by a rocker in Quadrophenia (1979). 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] In 2013 he starred as the human incarnation of the devil in the 5th and final series of BBC Three's Being Human.

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).


Year Film Role Notes
1972 The Canterbury Tales 2nd homosexual lover Uncredited
1973 Orson Welles' Great Mysteries Johnny Sheeham
1974 Death or Glory Boy
1975 The Old Curiosity Shop Tom Scott
1977 Target Ray
1978-82 Rumpole of the Bailey Tony Timson
1978 The Professionals Billy Turner
1979 Quadrophenia Chalky
1979 Scum
1980 Grown-Ups Dick
1981 Bergerac
1982 Pink Floyd—The Wall Roadie
1984 The Bounty Midshipman Edward "Ned" Young
1985 The Doctor and the Devils Billy Bedlam
1985–86 Robin of Sherwood Prince John, later King of England
1986 Comrades
1988 High Hopes Cyril
1989 The Firm "Yeti"
1989 Skulduggery director and writer
1992 Inspector Morse "Absolute Conviction"
1992 Alien 3 Kevin
1993 In the Name of the Father
1994–95 Moving Story
1995 ID director
1996 Secrets & Lies
1996 Prime Suspect 5: Errors of Judgment director
1996 Different for Girls
1997 Photographing Fairies
1997 Face
1998 Real Women director
1999 Births, Marriages and Deaths
1999 Hold Back the Night director
2000 North Square
2002 Fields of Gold
2002 Nicholas Nickleby
2002, 2004–05 Rose and Maloney
2002 White Teeth
2002 The Safe House
2004 Wall of Silence
2004 The Baby Juice Express
2004 Vera Drake nominated for a BAFTA film award in a supporting role
2005 Casanova
2005 Bleak House
2005 Like Father Like Son Paul Barker
2005 Twenty Thousand Streets Under the Sky Ernest Eccles
2006 Agatha Christie's Marple: Sleeping Murder
2006 Notes on a Scandal
2007 Secret Life
2007 Five Days
2007 Cassandra's Dream
2007 Midsomer Murders
2007 Inspector George Gently
2007 All About Me
2008 Lark Rise to Candleford
2008 Ashes to Ashes
2008 The Curse of Steptoe Wilfrid Brambell
2008 Doctor Who Lucius Petrus Dextrus
2009–13 Whitechapel DS Ray Miles
2009 Dead Man Running
2009 Desperate Romantics
2009 Collision
2010 Sherlock Taxi Driver (Jeff)[5] "A Study in Pink" (pilot 2009, episode 2010)
2010 Another Year
2010 The Big I Am Stubbs
2010 My Family Carl
2010 Brighton Rock Spicer
2011 Outside Bet
2011 Merlin Gleeman
2011 Case Histories Theo Wyre Episode 1
2012, 2014 Silk Mickey Joy
2012 Fast Girls
2012 Borrowed Time
2013 Being Human Captain Hatch
2013 Having You directed by Sam Hoare[6]
2014 Death in Paradise Episode 8
2014 New Tricks Episode 7
2015 Age of Kill Bill Weybridge
2015 Mr. Holmes Inspector Gilbert
2015 Poldark Jud
2015 Dough Mr Cotton
2015–2016 Mad Dogs Lawrence 10 episodes
2015 Black Work DI Tom Piper
2016 Golden Years Brian
2016 Undercover Jimmy

Recording career[edit]

In 1980, Davis recorded "Blown It", which was released on the Elton John-owned label The Rocket Record Company.[7]


  1. ^ a b c 'An Actors Life For Me' at Essexlife Retrieved 20 April 2015
  2. ^ 'The New Poldark I have only one complaint' at The Telegraph. Retrieved 20 April 2015
  3. ^ Black Work at Radio Times Retrieved 27 June 2015
  4. ^ Births and Marriages England and Wales 1984–2006
  5. ^ Staff (24 January 2009). "Exclusive: Gossip from city filming of BBC drama Sherlock". South Wales Evening Post. Northcliffe Newspapers Group. 
  6. ^ Presentation of Having you on Eurochannel website
  7. ^ "Phil Davis _ Blown It". Retrieved 17 May 2013. 

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