Philip Jackson (actor)

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Philip Jackson
Born (1948-06-18) 18 June 1948 (age 73)
Years active1969–present
Spouse(s)Sally Baxter

Philip Jackson (born 18 June 1948) is an English actor, known for his many television and film roles, most notably as Melvin "Dylan" Bottomley in Porridge and Chief Inspector Japp in the television series Agatha Christie's Poirot and as Abbot Hugo, one of the recurring adversaries in the cult 1980s series Robin of Sherwood.[1][2]

Life and career[edit]

Jackson was born in Retford, Nottinghamshire.[3] He started acting while studying Drama and German at the University of Bristol, and has worked in the theatre in Leeds, Liverpool and London.[4] His stage work includes Pozzo in Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot at the Queen's Theatre in the West End in 1991 and Willy Loman in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman at the West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds in 2010.[5][1] He was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award for his role in Little Voice (1998).[6]

His many television appearances have included Coronation Street, Robin of Sherwood, A Touch of Frost, Foyle's War, Midsomer Murders, Heartbeat, Little Britain, Hamish Macbeth, Raised by Wolves and Last of the Summer Wine.[7] He has also appeared in films, including the 1979 Scum and Paul McCartney's Give My Regards to Broad Street, Brassed Off, Mike Bassett: England Manager, "Grow Your Own", and My Week with Marilyn.[3] He also appeared in the music video of A-Ha's "Take On Me".[8]

In 2007 he starred in the BBC Radio adaptation of the Petrella mysteries by Michael Gilbert, and guest-starred in the Doctor Who audio play Valhalla.[9][10] In 2009 he starred as Gaynor's father Roy in the BBC Two sitcom Home Time.[11] In a radio adaptation of Terry Pratchett's Night Watch, he played Commander Vimes and in Pratchett's Mort, he played Death's butler/cook, Albert who is eventually revealed to be Alberto Malich.[12][13] He also voiced Risda Tarkaan on the BBC radio drama version of C. S. Lewis' The Last Battle.[14] In 2011, he read Gulliver's Travels as an audiobook, as well as Martin Cruz Smith's Three Stations for BBC Radio 4’s Book at Bedtime.[15][16]

In 2011, Jackson starred as Ron in the three-part BBC comedy drama series Sugartown alongside The Royle Family star Sue Johnston and actor Tom Ellis.[17]

In 2012, he appeared in the twice Oscar nominated film My Week with Marilyn as Marilyn's security guard.[18]

He plays Jaz Milvane in the long running Radio 4 series Ed Reardon's Week, written by Christopher Douglas and Andrew Nickolds.[19]

Personal life[edit]

He is married to actress Sally Baxter, with whom he has two children, Amy and George.[20][21]

TV and filmography[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Loman role for Philip Jackson". 2 March 2010 – via
  2. ^ "BFI Screenonline: Robin of Sherwood (1984–86)".
  3. ^ a b "Philip Jackson". BFI.
  4. ^ "Philip Jackson | Theatricalia".
  5. ^ "Production of Waiting for Godot | Theatricalia".
  6. ^ "The 5th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards | Screen Actors Guild Awards".
  7. ^ "Philip Jackson".
  8. ^ "Philip Jackson interview for Raised By Wolves | Channel 4".
  9. ^ "BBC Radio 4 Extra – Petrella, Series 1, Myth of Return". BBC.
  10. ^ "Doctor Who: Valhalla – Audio drama review".
  11. ^ "BBC Two – Home Time, Episode 2". BBC.
  12. ^ "BBC Radio 4 Extra – Terry Pratchett, Night Watch, Episode 4". BBC.
  13. ^ "BBC Radio 4 Extra – Terry Pratchett, Mort, Episode 1". BBC.
  14. ^ "Children's BBC Radio 4: The Last Battle". 16 March 1997. p. 113 – via BBC Genome.
  15. ^ "Gulliver's Travels".
  16. ^ "BBC Radio 4 – Book at Bedtime, Three Stations, Episode 1". BBC.
  17. ^ "BBC One – Sugartown, Episode 3". BBC.
  18. ^ "My Week With Marilyn (2011) – Simon Curtis | Cast and Crew". AllMovie.
  19. ^ "BBC Radio 4 – Ed Reardon's Week, Series 10, The Go-To Destination". BBC.
  20. ^ "Poirot actor slams 'philistine' council for cuts to jazz event". Evening Standard. 25 April 2016.
  21. ^ Guide, British Comedy (11 August 2014). "Philip Jackson interview – Boomers". British Comedy Guide.
  22. ^ "BBC – Drama – New Tricks Episode Guide Series 4 Episode 6".

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