Warren Brown (actor)

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Warren Brown
Warren Martin Brown

(1978-05-11) 11 May 1978 (age 44)
Years active1994–present

Warren Martin Brown (born 11 May 1978) is an English actor and former professional Thai boxer, best known for his roles as Donny Maguire in Shameless and Andy Holt in Hollyoaks, DS Justin Ripley in the BBC crime drama Luther and as Sergeant Thomas "Mac" McAllister in the British-American action television series Strike Back, starting with Strike Back: Retribution.

Early life[edit]

Warren Brown was born in Warrington, England. He studied at the University of Salford.


After appearing in two episodes of the television series Shameless, Warren played the evil Andy Holt in Channel 4's Hollyoaks. Despite being 27 years old at the time, it was said his youthful good looks and diminutive height helped him win the role of the student.

Brown was nominated for a number of awards for his performance in the show including Best Villain, Most Spectacular Scene, and Best Exit at the 2006 British Soap Awards.[1] Brown's character Holt met his demise in February 2006.

Brown won a role in the short-lived ITV show Jane Hall in the summer of 2006. This was followed in March 2007 by his role as Tommo in ITV's Mobile. Also in 2007 he starred as Chris in one episode of Casualty. In September 2007 he starred in the second series of BBC Three's Grownups, playing barman Alex Salade and has played the part since.[2] In the 2009 Comic Relief Special of Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps, which was a crossover between Grownups, Two Pints and Coming of Age, he played Alex again.

In 2008, Brown performed the voiceover for the film trailer of Gomez: A True Story, based on the life of boxer Michael Gomez and starring Emmerdale's Kelvin Fletcher.[3] In October 2008, Brown played the role of Marky in E4's zombie drama Dead Set.[4] In November 2008, he appeared in Casualty, but not playing the same character as he did in 2007. In 2009 Brown appeared in the three part BBC Iraq war drama Occupation, alongside James Nesbitt and Stephen Graham[5] Brown has appeared in two episodes of The Bill playing Jake Clegg, who was a part of the operation of trafficking young girls illegally. These episodes were titled "The Forgotten Child".

From May 2010, he appeared as the regular character of DS Justin Ripley in the BBC drama Luther, a role that he reprised in June 2011 in the second series of Luther. Brown left the series in 2013. Brown appears in the deadmau5 music video for the song "I Remember", also starring Stephen Graham, Aston Kelly (Graham's brother), Greg Walsh and ex-Coronation Street actress Emma Edmondson. In October 2010, Brown appeared as Matt in the BBC drama Single Father. In February 2012, he played one of the main characters in the BBC drama series Inside Men. He appeared as a member of Bane's Mercenary Security in The Dark Knight Rises, the third instalment of Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy.

First broadcast in August 2012, Brown starred as PC John-Paul Rocksavage in the four-part BBC police drama Good Cop. From 2017, he plays Sergeant Thomas "Mac" McAllister in Retribution, the British-American action television series, in the sixth series and second revamp of Strike Back opposite Daniel MacPherson. The eighth series finished filming and aired in February 2020.

Brown has appeared in many audio dramas for the company Big Finish Productions, the most notable of which including a recurring role in their UNIT series, a spin-off based around the military organisation that regularly appeared in Doctor Who, since 2016, and playing Keith Burrow in Big Finish's original 8 part thriller ‘Transference’. In 2020, Brown would make his debut appearance in the Television series in the episode Praxeus albeit as a different character, former police officer Jake Willis, who was looking for his husband.


Brown has competed at world-level in Muay Thai (Thai boxing) and is a two-time World Champion.[6]



Year Title Role
2008 Gomez: A True Story Voice over
2012 The Dark Knight Rises Mercenary Security 1
Byzantium Wee Gareth
Borrowed Time Nigel
Up There Slab Boy Joey
2014 Get Some Hunter
The Great Englishman Captain Matthew Webb
2015 Kicking Off Wigsy
2017 The Hatton Garden Job Trotter
2018 Genesis Secretary Jordan Bruce Ainsney
Blood, Sweat And Terrors Hunters (segment "Get Some")


Year Title Role Notes
2004–2005 Shameless Donny Maguire 2 episodes
2005–2006 Hollyoaks Andy Holt 20 episodes
2006 Jane Hall Policeman 2 2 episodes
2007–2009 Grownups Alex 12 episodes
2007 Casualty Chris Ryder Episode: "Life's Too Short"
Mobile Tommo 2 episodes
2008 Casualty John Fullman Episode: "The Line of Fire"
Coming Up Campbell Episode: "And Kill Them"
Spooks: Code 9 Luke Blackwell Episode #1.4
Dead Set Marky 5 episodes
The Bill Jake Clegg 2 episodes
2009 Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps Alex Episode: "Comic Relief Special: When Janet Met Michelle"
Occupation Lee Hibbs 3 episodes
Criminal Justice PO Paul Gibby 3 episode
2010 Single Father Matt 4 episodes
Accused David Wade Episode: "Alison's Story"
2010–2015 Luther DS Justin Ripley 15 episodes
Nominated—Crime Thriller Award for Best Supporting Actor on Television
Nominated—Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Movie/Miniseries
2011 Walk Like a Panther Ricky Rickson Episode #1.1
Moving On Frank Episode: "Donor"
2012 Inside Men Marcus 4 episodes
Homefront Joe Mancetta 6 episodes
Good Cop John Paul Rocksavage 4 episodes
2013 Agatha Christie's Marple Arthur Jackson Episode: "A Caribbean Mystery"
By Any Means Jack Quinn 6 episodes
2015–2017 X Company Neil Mackay Main cast
2017–2020 Strike Back Sergeant Thomas 'Mac' McAllister Main cast
2017 Liar Tom Bailey Main cast
2020 Doctor Who Jake Willis Episode: "Praxeus"
2021 GamesMaster Himself Episode 2
2022 The Responder Raymond Mullen Main Cast
2022 Trigger Point Karl Maguire Main Cast

Video Games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2020 Watch Dogs: Legion Dalton Wolfe Voice


  1. ^ "British Soap Awards Nominees 2006". Community.channel4.com. Archived from the original on 31 May 2020. Retrieved 29 November 2012.
  2. ^ "Grownups Cast List at BBC3"
  3. ^ "Gomez Movie Archived 9 December 2015 at the Wayback Machine"
  4. ^ Dead Set Archived 4 August 2018 at the Wayback Machine at the Internet Movie Database
  5. ^ "BBC Press Office 'Occupation'". Bbc.co.uk. Archived from the original on 13 November 2012. Retrieved 29 November 2012.
  6. ^ "Former Muay Thai Champ Warren Brown Walks the Talk in Cinemax's 'Strike Back'". MMAWeekly.com. 2 March 2018. Archived from the original on 9 June 2019. Retrieved 9 June 2019.

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