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Occupation  Actor
Name  Philip Glenister
Nieces  Emily Glenister
Website  Official website
Siblings  Robert Glenister
Children  Millie and Charlotte
Spouse  Beth Goddard (m. 2006)
Years active  1990-present
Role  Actor

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Full Name  Philip Haywood Glenister
Born  10 February 1963 (age 52) (1963-02-10) Harrow, Middlesex, England
Movies  Bel Ami, Calendar Girls, Treasure Island
TV shows  Life on Mars, Ashes to Ashes, Mad Dogs, For the Love of Cars, From There to Here
Similar People  Robert Glenister, John Simm, Beth Goddard, Ant Anstead, Ashley Pharoah

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Philip Haywood Glenister (born 10 February 1963) is an English actor, best known for his role as DCI Gene Hunt on the BBC series Life on Mars and its sequel Ashes to Ashes, and Reverend Anderson in Outcast.


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Early life

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Glenister was born in Harrow, Middlesex, and grew up in Hatch End. He is the son of director John Glenister and Joan Glenister, and the brother of fellow actor Robert Glenister. He is of Welsh ancestry from his maternal side. He attended Hatch End High School, and with the encouragement of his then-sister-in-law Amanda Redman, he pursued acting and attended drama school at the Central School of Speech and Drama.


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In the early 1990s, Glenister appeared in various TV series including Minder, The Ruth Rendell Mysteries, Heartbeat, The Chief, Dressing for Breakfast and Silent Witness. In 1997, he appeared in Sharpe's Justice as Richard Sharpe's half-brother Matt Truman. He played William Dobbin in the 1998 mini-series Vanity Fair.

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From 1998 to 1999, Glenister co-starred as a mini-cab driver who aspires to be a rock star in the series Roger Roger. He also played factory boss Mack Mackintosh in the first three series of Clocking Off from 2000–02. In 2001, he appeared in two of the Hornblower TV films as Horatio's antagonist Gunner Hobbs.

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Glenister played the photographer who took nude photos for a Women's Institute fundraising calendar in the 2003 feature film Calendar Girls. Also in 2003, he appeared in the mini-series State of Play. Glenister played the German commandant, Baron Heinrich Von Rheingarten, in the 2004 mini-series Island at War about the Occupation of the Channel Islands during World War II. Glenister played social reformer and estate manager Mr. Carter in the 2007 BBC costume drama Cranford, as part of a cast including Judi Dench and Francesca Annis.

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Glenister is probably best known for his role as DCI Gene Hunt in Life on Mars (2006–07), co-starring with John Simm as Sam Tyler, and its sequel Ashes to Ashes with Keeley Hawes as Alex Drake. Glenister also worked with Simm on State of Play and Clocking Off and the 2008 crime film Tuesday. Upon announcement of the film, Glenister joked that he and Simm were contractually obliged to work with each other once a year.

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Glenister starred as demon hunter Rupert Galvin in the 2009 ITV drama Demons. He used an American accent for the role, which received some criticism from reviewers. After the series was cancelled, he said he had problems with the role and felt that he may have been miscast.

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In 2011, Glenister reunited with John Simm once more in the Sky TV mini-series Mad Dogs about a group of old friends whose holiday in Majorca takes an unexpected turn. After a successful reception, Glenister returned for a second run of the series in 2012.

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Glenister had a small role (credited as 'Poker Friend') in Woody Allen's You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger in 2010 and plays Charles Forestier in a 2011 feature film of Guy de Maupassant's Bel Ami.

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He stars in the 2011 conspiracy thriller Hidden on BBC One, and he played Captain Smollett in Sky1's adaptation of Treasure Island, broadcast at Christmas 2011. Glenister also appeared in the 2012 premiere of the play This House.

Since 2013, Glenister has played the role of Mr Trevor Gunn, a lothario PE teacher in David Walliams' BBC One comedy series Big School.

Glenister has a leading role in the current Kudos-produced BBC drama, From There to Here (2014) which focuses on the aftermath of the IRA bombing of Manchester in 1996.

In early 2014, Glenister presented the Channel 4 series For The Love Of Cars with fellow classic car enthusiast Ant Anstead. The two friends were set the challenge of restoring classic cars including a Mini Cooper, Land Rover, DeLorean DMC-12, MG T-type, Ford Escort and a Triumph Stag. The first series ended after 6 episodes, in which all 6 classic cars were sold at a London auction, with series 2 being aired in 2015.


A book by Glenister on 1970s and 1980s culture, Things Ain't What They Used to Be, was published in October 2008.

Charity work

Glenister is patron of the charity Momentum in Kingston upon Thames, which aims to help children and the families of children undergoing treatment for cancer in Surrey.

Personal life

Glenister has been married to actress Beth Goddard since 2006. Together, they have two daughters named Millie and Charlotte.

Glenister is a supporter of non-league football team Wealdstone FC. He is also known to be a fan of Arsenal FC.


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