British Celebrity Spotlight | Philip Glenister
In the early 1990s, Glenister appeared in various TV series including Heartbeat, Dressing for Breakfast and Silent Witness. In 1997, he guest starred in Sharpe’s Justice as Richard Sharpe’s half-brother Matt Truman. He played William Dobbin in the 1998 mini-series Vanity Fair.
From 1998–99, Glenister co-starred as a mini-cab driver who aspires to be a rock star in the series Roger Roger. He 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 movies as Horatio’s antagonist Gunner Hobbs.
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. He 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.
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.
He 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 deciding not to do a second series, he said he had problems with the role and felt that he may have been miscast.
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.
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.
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.