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Phillip Rhys (born 14 June 1974) is an English actor and director.
He was born in Upper Norwood, South London, the second of three sons. After graduating from Westminster College he spent a year living and working in Paris. He returned to London to study acting with Marianna Hill at the Lee Strasberg Institute, and later with Jeffrey Tambor and Milton Katselas at the Beverly Hills Playhouse in Los Angeles.
Film and television career
His film work includes The Adventures of Tintin directed by Steven Spielberg, The Space Between with Oscar winner Melissa Leo and Irvine Welsh'sThe Magnificent Eleven. Rhys starred in Salome, a film written, directed and starring Al Pacino. Pivotal television roles in the Emmy winning series, 24 (season 2) for which he was part of a SAG ensemble nomination, FX's Golden Globe winning Nip/Tuck and the BBC's post-apocalyptic hit drama Survivors. Other television credits include Flatland with Dennis Hopper, the first US TV show to be shot entirely in China. Rhys is also known for his work in independent films, such as Punks, Woundings, Kill the Man, Americanizing Shelley, and Fathers and Sons. Rhys also starred as intergalactic rock star Proto Zoa in the Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century series of Disney films and as Tanus, the Egyptian warrior, in the miniseries The Seventh Scroll, based on the best selling novel by Wilbur Smith. He has also appeared in single episodes of Bones, Glee, CSI and NCIS, amongst others. Rhys is currently starring in the new E4 series Tripped. On Christmas Day 2015, Rhys portrayed Ramone in the Doctor Who Christmas special The Husbands of River Song.
Rhys has directed several documentary short films over the years, including Xie, Xie, Shanghai and The Rocky. Phillip produced and directed his narrative short debut, The Scarecrow, starring Darren Pettie, Sandra Oh and Sandra Seacat. The Scarecrow was nominated for numerous awards, including Best Narrative Short Film at the Tribeca Film Festival, Drama Short Film Festival Grand Prix Best Short Film (International) and won the Accolade Global Film Competition Award of Excellence Special Mention: Film Short.
On stage, he received outstanding reviews for his performance in Dario Fo's The Devil with Boobs and a Drama-Logue Award for his role in the Los Angeles stage production of Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean. Other performances include "John Buchanan Jr." in Tennessee Williams Summer and Smoke and a turn in John Patrick Shanley's The Dreamer Examines His Pillow at Theatre West.
He is involved in various non-profit organizations including BAFTA Outreach and is an Inner City Shakespeare Advisory Board Member. Rhys is a Sundance Institute Alumni.
On 22 November 2008, Rhys appeared on Soccer AM and confirmed he supports Crystal Palace Football Club. He speaks fluent French and has travelled extensively. Phillip is a former member of the alternative rock band Egos Aside. Rhys now lives in London and Los Angeles.
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