Philip Bulcock

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Philip Bulcock
Philip Garry Pickup

(1970-07-06) 6 July 1970 (age 51)
Jericho, Bury, Greater Manchester, England
Years active1997–present
Spouse(s)Annabel Wright (2011–present)
ChildrenJordan, Otis

Philip Bulcock is an English actor who has appeared in numerous award-winning film and theatre productions. He was part of the original cast of the Olivier Award-winning[1] UK West End production of Jersey Boys [2] in which he played The Four Seasons' bassist and vocal arranger, Nick Massi.[3]

Early life[edit]

The son of a teacher and an electrical engineer, Bulcock was born Philip Garry Pickup in Jericho, Bury but was raised by his mother and step-father in the Rossendale Valley and Poole changing schools repeatedly due to frequent re-location. He was a student at both Bacup and Rawtenstall Grammar School and Poole Grammar School before moving to London to attend drama school.


As a teenager Bulcock gained a place at the National Youth Theatre[4][5] where he performed the role of Second Tempter in their production of T. S. Eliot's play Murder in the Cathedral at the Edinburgh International Festival. He attended Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts to study acting and later The School of the Science of Acting (now known as The Kogan Academy of Dramatic Arts) where he trained in Acting and Directing for four years under the Russian theatre practitioner and founder of The Science of Acting technique, Sam Kogan.[6]


Bulcock's career began with the Channel 4 TV movie The Fireboy, playing Billy Maslin alongside Anita Dobson and James Hazeldine. He then moved on to the stage and appeared in Musicals such as Elvis. The Musical, Grease with Shane Richie and Luke Goss and Return to the Forbidden Planet (Shakespeare & Rock n' Roll [7] ) in Berlin, before taking time-out of his career to train as a director. Subsequently he appeared in the films Brothers directed by Susanne Bier, 28 Weeks Later directed by Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, The Dark Knight directed by Christopher Nolan, Red Tails directed by Anthony Hemingway and Tim Burton's Dark Shadows. He also provided the voice of David Sherlock for the independent feature-length animation, A Liar's Autobiography: The Untrue Story of Monty Python's Graham Chapman.[8] On television Philip starred in the Channel 5 series Hanrahan Investigates[9] and played a guest role in the BBC medical drama, Casualty.[10] On stage he has appeared in Golden Boy directed by Isabel Lynch at the Lyric Theatre Belfast [11] and the West Yorkshire Playhouse, Of Mice and Men directed by Jonathan Church at the Savoy Theatre,[12] Romeo and Juliet [13] directed by Bill Bryden, and Misery[14] directed by Andrew Lynford and co-starring Rebecca Wheatley. He most recently appeared in The King and I directed by Bartlett Sher.

Directing and producing[edit]

Bulcock has spent over a decade collaborating with director Nic Saunders on both the feature film Queen of the Redwood Mountains in which he also plays the role of the young John Anderson and a quaternary of short films based on works of the Beat Generation poets;[15][16] Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, William Burroughs and Michael McClure.[17] He is working with writer, producer and director Robert Valentine[18] to adapt Valentine's film Liar's Dice[19] into a stage play.[citation needed] Philip's own directorial debut is the short film Everybody Knows My Name[20] based on the song of the same name written by Bob Gaudio and Bob Crewe. The film features the actors who played The Four Seasons in the original cast of the London production of Jersey Boys, Ryan Molloy, Stephen Ashfield, Glenn Carter and Bulcock himself.

Personal life[edit]

Philip married the actress Annabel Wright in Los Angeles in October 2011.[21] They met while filming 40 episodes of the Channel 5 'faction' series Hanrahan Investigates, co-starring the investigative journalist and TV producer, Will Hanrahan. Philip also has a son, Jordan, from a previous relationship.


Year Title Role Notes
1983 A Brother's Tale Schoolboy TV movie
1994 The Fireboy Billy Maslin TV movie
2004 Brothers U.S. Soldier
2007 28 Weeks Later Senior Medical Officer
2007 Ocean of Fear Jim Newhall TV movie
2007 Hanrahan Investigates Detective Bulcock 10 episodes
2008 The Dark Knight Detective Murphy
2008 House of Saddam Soldier TV Mini-Series
2009 Blood in the Water George Burlew TV movie
2009 What's Your News? Dylan's Dad 1 episode
2009 Curses and Sermons The Cowboy Short
2011 The Real American: Joe McCarthy Alvin Spivak Documentary
2011 Everybody Knows My Name Himself Short
2011 At Apollinaire's Grave The Poet Short
2012 Red Tails Mission Captain
2012 Dark Shadows Hard Hat 2
2012 A Liar's Autobiography: The Untrue Story of Monty Python's Graham Chapman David Sherlock Voice
2012 Crossroad Michael Childers
2013 Casualty Dan Adamson 1 episode
2013 One Night at the Aristo The Pianist Short
2015-2016 Doctors Henry Shire / Scott Summers 2 episodes
2015 X Company Sturmbannfuhrer Richter 1 episode
2015 Ordinary Lies DS Kaufmann 1 episode
2016 Beyond Valkyrie: Dawn of the 4th Reich Herzog
2016 Spectral Sgt Chris Davis
2017 The Good Blonde The Poet Short
2021 Queen of the Redwood Mountains John Anderson
2021 Vengeance is Mine Mark


  1. ^ "2009 Olivier Award Winners". The Guardian. 8 March 2009. Retrieved 26 March 2014.
  2. ^ "Molloy, Ashfield, Carter and Bulcock to Star in London Jersey Boys". Playbill. 17 October 2007. Retrieved 26 March 2014.
  3. ^ Spencer, Charles (19 March 2008). "Jersey Boys: Let's hear it for the Boys". The Telegraph.
  4. ^ Wilharm, Sharon. "Philip Bulcock - Actor, Director, Producer". Retrieved 12 December 2013.
  5. ^ "Philip Bulcock Biography". Retrieved 26 March 2014.
  6. ^ Kogan, Sam (2010). The Science of Acting. Routledge. p. xix. ISBN 0415488125.
  7. ^ Sterath, Esther (4 January 1997). "Marilyn Traurig". Bild Zeitung (in German).
  8. ^ Gilbert, Jan. "A Liar's Autobiography Premiere Interview with David Sherlock Philip Bulcock". Retrieved 11 December 2013.
  9. ^ Midgely, Neil (8 December 2007). "Hanrahan Investigates". The Telegraph.
  10. ^ "Casualty - The Milk of Human Kindness". Retrieved 11 December 2013.
  11. ^ Braniff, Joanna (9 October 2002). "Golden Boy set to shine at Lyric Theatre". The Irish News.
  12. ^ Nelson, Paul. "Make Of Mice and Men the next West End show you see". Retrieved 11 December 2013.
  13. ^ Munro, David. "Romeo & Juliet - New Wimbledon Review". Retrieved 11 December 2013.
  14. ^ Hammond, Elaine. "REVIEW: Misery, Connaught Theatre, Worthing". The Worthing Herald. Retrieved 11 December 2013.
  15. ^ Ring, Kevin (2008). "Curses and Sermons". Beat Scene. 56: 28–30.
  16. ^ Saunders, Nic. "14167 Films - News". Retrieved 11 December 2013.
  17. ^ McClure, Michael. "Michael McClure - News". Retrieved 11 December 2013.
  18. ^ "The Wireless Theatre Company - Robert Valentine DIRECTOR". Archived from the original on 26 March 2014. Retrieved 11 December 2013.
  19. ^ "Liar's Dice". Retrieved 11 December 2013.
  20. ^ "Everybody Knows My Name". Retrieved 11 December 2013.
  21. ^ Morrison, Richard. "Lumix G3 gets its first workout in Los Angeles". Retrieved 25 March 2014.

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