Warren Brown (actor)

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Warren Brown
BornWarren Brown
(1978-05-11) 11 May 1978 (age 40)
Warrington, Cheshire, England
OccupationActor, former Thai boxer
Years active1994–present
Height5 ft 9 in (175 cm)

Warren Brown (born 11 May 1978) is an English actor and former professional Thai boxer, best known for his roles as DS Justin Ripley in acclaimed BBC crime drama Luther and as Sergeant Thomas "Mac" McAllister in Retribution, the British-American action television series, which is the sixth series and second revamp of Strike Back.

Life and career[edit]

Brown was born in Warrington, England. 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 helped him win the role of the student.

He studied at the University of Salford. 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 has competed at world-level in Muay Thai (Thai boxing) and is a two-time World Champion.[citation needed]

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 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. Since 2015, he has voiced the character of Lieutenant Sam Bishop in UNIT: The New Series audio plays by Big Finish Productions.

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 seventh series recently wrapped filming and will be broadcast in 2019.



Year Title Role
2008 Gomez: A True Story Voice over
2012 The Dark Knight Rises Mercenary Security 1
Byzantium 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


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 John Fullman Episode: "The Line of Fire"
Mobile Tommo 2 episodes
2008 Casualty Chris Ryder Episode: "Life's Too Short"
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"
2010–2013 Luther DS Justin Ripley 14 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 X Company Neil Mackay Main cast
2017 Strike Back Sergeant Thomas 'Mac' McAllister Main cast
2017 Liar Tom Bailey Main cast


  1. ^ "British Soap Awards Nominees 2006". Community.channel4.com. Retrieved 29 November 2012.
  2. ^ "Grownups Cast List at BBC3"
  3. ^ "Gomez Movie"
  4. ^ Dead Set at the Internet Movie Database
  5. ^ "BBC Press Office 'Occupation'". Bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 29 November 2012.

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