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      Philip Glenister

      Philip Glenister

      Highest Rated: 74% Calendar Girls (2003)

      Lowest Rated: 27% Bel Ami (2012)

      Birthday: Feb 10, 1963

      Birthplace: London, England, UK

      Character actor Philip Glenister became a mainstay of British television after his iconic portrayal of Gene Hunt in "Life on Mars" (BBC, 2006-07). The London native began appearing in a number of TV productions throughout the 1990s, including a multi-episode stint on "The Ruth Rendell Mysteries" (ITV, 1987-2000). The steady work paid off when he was cast as a regular in the crime drama "Frontiers" (ITV, 1996). After appearing in the mini-series "Have Your Cake and Eat it" (BBC, 1997), it was another mini-series that helped jump start Glenister's career. Playing William Dobbin in the adaption of W.M. Thackeray's heralded novel "Vanity Fair" (BBC, 1998) brought a new level of critical acclaim. He continued the classic literature theme with supporting roles in the Emmy-nominated film "Hornblower: Mutiny" (2001) and it's follow-up "Horatio Hornblower: Retribution" (2001). He was featured as a series regular in the dramedy "Roger Roger" (BBC, 1998-2003), playing a wannabe rockstar cab driver, and the working class drama "Clocking Off" (BBC, 2000-03),as the boss of a textile factory. He made a more prominent leap to the big screen, playing opposite Helen Mirren and Julie Walters in "Calendar Girls" (2003). He returned to period dramas in the mini-series "Island at War" (ITV, 2004) and a role in Ridley Scott's Crusades epic "Kingdom of Heaven" (2005). His knack for playing police detectives began to manifest with his roles as inspectors in "State of Play" (BBC, 2003) and "VIncent" (ITV, 2005-06). That built to his breakthrough role as Detective Chief Inspector Gene Hunt in "Life on Mars" (BBC, 2006-07). As the gruff boss of John Simm's time traveling Sam, Glenister's character became a sensation in the United Kingdom. He followed that with a role in Judi Dench's acclaimed series "Cranford" (BBC, 2007). He stepped away from his norm to play the American demon hunter Rupert Galvin in "Demons" (ITV, 2009), before returning to play Gene Hunt in the "Life on Mars" sequel, "Ashes to Ashes" (BBC, 2008-10). This time, Keeley Hawes played the out-of-time detective who fell under Hunt's direction. In the series finale, it was revealed that Hunt was actually a guide in an afterlife limbo for police officers. While he primarily worked in television, he did take occasional film roles, including small parts in "Bel Ami" (2012), with Robert Pattinson, and Woody Allen's "You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger" (2010). Glenister and Simm joined forces again in "Mad Dog" (Sky1, 2011-13) playing old friends who's Mediterranean holiday is interrupted by murder. He went for a straight comedy role in the sitcom "Big School" (BBC, 2013-14) playing an arrogant gym teacher. He made his U.S. television debut when he was cast as Reverend John Anderson on "Outcast" (Cinemax, 2016-), from "The Walking Dead" executive producer Robert Kirkman. Glenister's character helped Patrick Fugit's Kyle deal with his demonic possession. He returned again to British television in the comedy "Living the Dream" (Sky1, 2017) as a husband and father who moves his family from England to Florida.

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      Calendar Girls
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      Bel Ami




      27% 29% Bel Ami Charles Forestier (Character) $119.9K 2012
      No Score Yet 28% Tuesday Earp (Character) - 2008
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Walk Eddie (Character) - 2005
      No Score Yet 76% Island at War Unknown (Character) - 2004
      No Score Yet 27% Byron William Fletcher (Character) - 2003
      No Score Yet 53% The Other Boleyn Girl William Stafford (Character) - 2003
      74% 67% Calendar Girls Lawrence (Character) $31.0M 2003
      No Score Yet 92% Horatio Hornblower: The Mutiny Gunner Hobbs (Character) - 2001
      No Score Yet 92% Horatio Hornblower: Retribution Gunner Hobbs (Character) - 2001
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Lloyd and Hill DCI Danny Lloyd (Character) - 2001
      No Score Yet 83% Sharpe's Justice Matt Truman (Character) - 1997
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Perfect Blue Tom (Character) - 1997


      No Score Yet No Score Yet London's New Year's Day Celebration 2021 Host 2020
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Treasure Island Capt. Smollett (Character) 2012 2020
      75% 81% Belgravia James Trenchard (Character) 2020
      No Score Yet 100% Urban Myths Kevin Wells (Character) 2018
      80% 82% Outcast Reverend Anderson (Character) 2016-2017
      98% 82% The Hollow Crown Talbot (Character) 2016
      100% 80% Prey David Murdoch (Character) 2014-2015
      No Score Yet No Score Yet For the Love of Cars Host 2014-2015
      No Score Yet 50% Hidden Harry Venn (Character) 2011
      No Score Yet 100% Ashes to Ashes Unknown (Character) 2008-2010
      No Score Yet 100% Return to Cranford on Masterpiece Edmund Carter (Character) 2007 2009
      63% 0% Demons Unknown (Character) 2009
      100% 94% Life on Mars Gene Hunt (Character) 2007
      No Score Yet 69% Top Gear Guest 2006
      No Score Yet 100% Masterpiece Theatre Unknown (Character) 2005
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Byron William Fletcher (Character) 2003
      100% No Score Yet State of Play DCI William Bell (Character) 2003
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Vanity Fair William Dobbin (Character) 1998