Philip Jackson
Born (1948-06-18) 18 June 1948 (age 75)
Years active1969–present
SpouseSally Baxter

Philip Jackson (born 18 June 1948) is an English actor. He appeared as Chief Inspector Japp in both the television series Agatha Christie's Poirot and in BBC Radio dramatisations of Poirot stories; as Melvin "Dylan" Bottomley in Porridge; and as Abbot Hugo, one of the recurring adversaries in the 1980s series Robin of Sherwood.[1][2][3]

Life and career

Jackson was born in Retford, Nottinghamshire.[4] He started acting while studying Drama and German at the University of Bristol, and has worked in the theatre in Leeds, Liverpool and London.[5] His stage work includes Pozzo in Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot at the Queen's Theatre in the West End in 1991 and Willy Loman in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman at the West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds in 2010.[6][1] He was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award for his role in Little Voice (1998).[7]

His television appearances have included Coronation Street, Robin of Sherwood, A Touch of Frost, Foyle's War, Midsomer Murders, Heartbeat, Little Britain, Hamish Macbeth, Raised by Wolves and Last of the Summer Wine.[8] He has also appeared in the films Scum, Paul McCartney's Give My Regards to Broad Street, Brassed Off, Mike Bassett: England Manager, "Grow Your Own", and My Week with Marilyn.[4] He also appeared in the music video of A-Ha's "Take On Me".[9]

In 2000 he appeared as Dyer/Hawksmoor in Nick Fisher (broadcaster)'s adaptation for BBC Radio 4 of Peter Ackroyd's Hawksmoor (novel),[10] and in 2001 he starred in the BBC Radio 4 adaptation of the Petrella mysteries by Michael Gilbert, and guest-starred in the Doctor Who audio play Valhalla.[11][12] In 2009 he starred as Gaynor's father Roy in the BBC Two sitcom Home Time.[13] In a BBC Radio 4 radio adaptation of Terry Pratchett's Night Watch, he played Commander Vimes and in Pratchett's Mort, he played Death's butler/cook, Albert who is eventually revealed to be Alberto Malich.[14][15] He also voiced Risda Tarkaan on the BBC radio drama version of C. S. Lewis' The Last Battle.[16] In 2011, he read Gulliver's Travels as an audiobook, as well as Martin Cruz Smith's Three Stations for BBC Radio 4’s Book at Bedtime.[17] [18] In 2011, Jackson starred as Ron in the three-part BBC comedy drama series Sugartown alongside The Royle Family star Sue Johnston and actor Tom Ellis.[19]

In 2012, he appeared in the Academy Award-nominated My Week with Marilyn as Marilyn's security guard.[20]

From 2014 to 2016 he co-starred in the BBC sitcom Boomers.[21]

He plays Jaz Milvane in the Radio 4 series Ed Reardon's Week, written by Christopher Douglas and Andrew Nickolds.[22][23]

Personal life

He is married to actress Sally Baxter, with whom he has two children.[24][25]

TV and filmography


  1. ^ a b "Loman role for Philip Jackson". 2 March 2010 – via
  2. ^ "BFI Screenonline: Robin of Sherwood (1984–86)".
  3. ^ "BBC Programme Index". Retrieved 21 November 2022.
  4. ^ a b "Philip Jackson". BFI. Archived from the original on 30 April 2016.
  5. ^ "Philip Jackson | Theatricalia".
  6. ^ "Production of Waiting for Godot | Theatricalia".
  7. ^ "The 5th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards | Screen Actors Guild Awards".
  8. ^ "Philip Jackson".
  9. ^ "Philip Jackson interview for Raised By Wolves | Channel 4".
  10. ^ "Classic Serial: Hawksmoor: Part 1". BBC. Retrieved 12 January 2023.
  11. ^ "Afternoon Play: Petrella". BBC. Retrieved 12 January 2023.
  12. ^ "Doctor Who: Valhalla – Audio drama review".
  13. ^ "BBC Two – Home Time, Episode 2". BBC.
  14. ^ "Night Watch (Episode 1)". BBC. Retrieved 12 January 2023.
  15. ^ "Mort (Episode 1)". BBC. Retrieved 12 January 2023.
  16. ^ "Children's BBC Radio 4: The Last Battle". 16 March 1997. p. 113 – via BBC Genome.
  17. ^ "Gulliver's Travels".
  18. ^ "Book at Bedtime: Three Stations, Episode 1". BBC. Retrieved 12 January 2023.
  19. ^ "BBC One – Sugartown, Episode 3". BBC.
  20. ^ "My Week With Marilyn (2011) – Simon Curtis | Cast and Crew". AllMovie.
  21. ^ Kelly, Steve (15 August 2014). "Who are the stars of Boomers? Veteran stars line up for new BBC comedy". The Mirror. Retrieved 27 March 2024.
  22. ^ "Ed Reardon's Week, Series 10: The Go-To Destination". BBC. Retrieved 12 January 2023.
  23. ^ "Ed Reardon's Week". BBC. Retrieved 12 January 2023.
  24. ^ "Poirot actor slams 'philistine' council for cuts to jazz event". Evening Standard. 25 April 2016.
  25. ^ Guide, British Comedy (11 August 2014). "Philip Jackson interview – Boomers". British Comedy Guide.
  26. ^ "BBC – Drama – New Tricks Episode Guide Series 4 Episode 6".