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31 October 1943 (age 77), Kingston, Jamaica

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Anton Phillips (born 31 October 1943) is a Jamaican-born British actor who found success appearing in British television. He remains best known for his role as Dr. Bob Mathias in the science fiction series Space 1999.


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Early life and education

Phillips was born in Kingston, Jamaica, and attended Manchester High School in Mandeville, Jamaica, before his family relocated to Washington, D.C., in the United States, where he graduated from high school. He then moved to the United Kingdom in the 1960s and in 1969 attended Rose Bruford College drama school, whose other Jamaican students included Trevor Rhone and Yvonne Brewster.


After drama school Anton Phillips began an acting career in Britain that broke many racial barriers, appearing as the first black actor in many TV series, including General Hospital, The Saint, The Bill, and becoming best known as a cast member of Space 1999.

His professional life has been dedicated to the promotion of black theatre and to that end Phillips started a number of projects that significantly changed the profile of black and Asian theatre in Britain. These included the Carib Theatre Company, the Black Theatre Season, and the Black Theatre Forum, initiatives that were responsible for giving opportunities to many black and Asian writers, actors and theatre technicians.

Under his direction, Carib Theatre's production of The Amen Corner by James Baldwin was the first black-produced and directed play to transfer to the West End of London, an important theatre area. Phillips directed a revival of the play, again at The Tricycle, in 1999.

Major productions have included Remembrance by Derek Walcott, and Sitting in Limbo — a play written by Phillips's then wife, actress Judy Hepburn (about Phyllis Coard and the Grenada revolution), which played in London and toured to Jamaica. Carib Theatre also specialised in theatre in education, and toured schools across London for several years, playing to some 30,000 children.

The Black Theatre Season significantly changed the profile of black and Asian theater in Britain. Before the first season, which started in 1983 at the Arts Theatre in London’s West End, black theatre was largely relegated to draughty church halls and rooms in community centres on the outskirts of cities. However, now black and Asian plays were presented in legitimate theatres with all their facilities of sound, light and comfort. As season followed season for seven years, companies, writers and actors were accorded prominence and respect within the profession and the wider society.

Phillips has also worked for the British Council in Ghana, where in 1994 he directed Trevor Rhone's Old Story Time as the first major production at the newly built National Theatre. Phillips also lectured at the School of Performing Arts, University of Ghana, and for three years was a consultant for the British Council on a special project in Tanzania to create a company of performers and teach them the principals and practice of theatre in education. He has directed in Germany, the Netherlands, and France. He has also managed a 60-strong company of singers, dancers, and musicians from South Africa on a touring tribute to Oliver Tambo that was presented at the Barbican Centre in London and at Salisbury Cathedral, England.

Inspired by the Area Youth Foundation of Kingston, Jamaica, Phillips founded the Stonebridge Area Youth Project (SAY), a performance-based project for disaffected young people between the ages of 14 and 24 based in Stonebridge, a London housing estate. Through performing arts workshops, SAY encouraged youths to re-engage with society by going back into education and learning life-skills to help them into employment. This project lasted for four years. He also directed Oliver Samuels, a Jamaican comic actor, in London's Blue Mountain Theatre for three years of plays that drew audiences of up to 3,000 at the Hammersmith Apollo theatre.

In 2008 Phillips performed, with music from Errol John, Aimé Césaire's powerful epic poem Notebook of a Return to my Native Land, at the George Padmore Institute in London, as a tribute to Césaire.

In addition to being an actor, director and producer, Phillips has contributed to magazines and newspapers, usually writing about the state of black arts in the UK. He has also produced the documentary film Home Sweet Harlesden, a collection of interviews with the first Caribbean immigrants to Britain.

Phillips was awarded the 2015 Edric Connor Trailblazer Award at the 10th Screen Nation Film and Television Awards.


The Bill (TV Series) as
Trevor Lennox / Rev. Grace
- Cracking Under Pressure (2007) - Trevor Lennox
- The Right Thing to Do (1991) - Rev. Grace
Casualty (TV Series) as
Errol Walmsley
- Boiling Point (1993) - Errol Walmsley
Between the Lines (TV Series) as
Dr. Moore
- Words of Advice (1992) - Dr. Moore
Hard Cases (TV Series) as
Larry / Larry Cameron
- Episode #2.7 (1989) - Larry
- Episode #2.6 (1989) - Larry
- Episode #2.5 (1989) - Larry
- Episode #1.6 (1988) - Larry Cameron
Connie (TV Series) as
- Episode #1.9 (1985) - Jardner
- Episode #1.8 (1985) - Jardner
- Episode #1.7 (1985) - Jardner
I Thought You'd Gone (TV Series) as
Mr. Megarabel
- Episode #1.7 (1984) - Mr. Megarabel
No Problem! (TV Series) as
- Hot Chocolate (1983) - Magistrate
Cosmic Princess (TV Movie) as
Dr. Bob Mathias
Journey Through the Black Sun (TV Movie) as
Dr. Bob Mathias
The Brack Report (TV Series) as
Gerry Stevens
- Chapter 6 (1982) - Gerry Stevens
Bognor (TV Series) as
Dr. Simmons
- Let Sleeping Dogs Lie: Part 6 - Feeding Time (1981) - Dr. Simmons
- Let Sleeping Dogs Lie: Part 5 - Dummy Run (1981) - Dr. Simmons
- Let Sleeping Dogs Lie: Part 2 - A Handful of Ashes (1981) - Dr. Simmons
- Let Sleeping Dogs Lie: Part 1 - Dog's Dinner (1981) - Dr. Simmons
Strangers (TV Series) as
- A Racing Certainty (1980) - Doctor
ITV Playhouse (TV Series) as
Doctor / Solly
- Kiss and Tell (1980) - Doctor
- Last Summer (1977) - Solly
Armchair Thriller (TV Series) as
Barman / Roger
- Dying Day: Part 1: Mr. Skipling is Sentenced to Death (1980) - Roger
- The Limbo Connection: Part 6 (1978) - Barman
- The Limbo Connection: Part 1 (1978) - Barman
Tigers are Better-Looking (Short) as
Man in White Suit
General Hospital (TV Series) as
Doctor Alan Wilson
- Instinct (1978) - Doctor Alan Wilson
Return of the Saint (TV Series) as
- The Poppy Chain (1978) - Doctor
Mixed Blessings (TV Series) as
- My Chap's Got Work (1978) - Lester
Alien Attack (TV Movie) as
Dr. Bob Mathias
Softly Softly: Task Force (TV Series) as
Jackson / Shaw
- A Shot in the Dark (1976) - Jackson
- The Talking Doll (1975) - Shaw
The Crezz (TV Series) as
Clarence Henderson
- Gone to the Dogs (1976) - Clarence Henderson
- Voices from the Past (1976) - Clarence Henderson
- The Spanish Succession (1976) - Clarence Henderson
Space: 1999 (TV Series) as
Dr. Mathias / Dr. Bob Mathias
- The Exiles (1976) - Dr. Mathias
- The Metamorph (1976) - Dr. Mathias
- The Troubled Spirit (1976) - Dr. Mathias
- Space Brain (1976) - Dr. Bob Mathias
- Missing Link (1976) - Dr. Mathias
- Ring Around the Moon (1976) - Dr. Mathias
- The Last Sunset (1976) - Dr. Mathias
- The Testament of Arkadia (1975) - Dr. Mathias
- Another Time, Another Place (1975) - Dr. Mathias
- The Full Circle (1975) - Dr. Mathias
- Earthbound (1975) - Dr. Mathias
- Matter of Life and Death (1975) - Dr. Mathias
- End of Eternity (1975) - Dr. Bob Mathias
- Black Sun (1975) - Dr. Bob Mathias
- Dragon's Domain (1975) - Dr. Mathias
- Guardian of Piri (1975) - Dr. Mathias
- Alpha Child (1975) - Dr. Mathias
- Voyager's Return (1975) - Dr. Mathias
- Death's Other Dominion (1975) - Dr. Mathias
- Collision Course (1975) - Dr. Mathias
- War Games (1975) - Dr. Mathias
- Force of Life (1975) - Dr. Mathias
- Breakaway (1975) - Dr. Bob Mathias
Barlow at Large (TV Series) as
- Snookered (1974) - Alex
Warship (TV Series) as
AB Wallace
- Subsmash (1973) - AB Wallace


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