George J. Costigan
8 August 1947
George J. Costigan (born 8 August 1947) is an English actor who is best known for portraying Bob in the 1987 film Rita, Sue and Bob Too and for roles in TV series such as Happy Valley and So Haunt Me.
Born in Portsmouth, Hampshire, Costigan grew up in Salford, Lancashire. After attending St Augustine's C of E Primary School on Bolton Road in Pendlebury, he went to Wardley Grammar School on Mardale Avenue in Wardley near Swinton.
Costigan has appeared regularly on television since 1978. He played Tom Towers in the 1982 series of The Barchester Chronicles, an adaption of the novels by Anthony Trollope, and in the same year starred as Tom Hannaway in a BBC adaptation of Fame is the Spur. In 1984 he appeared as Philip the Bastard in the BBC Television Shakespeare production of The Life and Death of King John (alongside Leonard Rossiter in the title role).
He rose to fame in 1986 as adulterous businessman Bob in the comedy film Rita, Sue and Bob Too. He has since starred or featured in many television productions, including The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (providing mellifluous Peter Lorre-type villainy) Kavanagh QC, Coogan's Run, Connie, A Touch of Frost, Inspector Morse, Murder Most Horrid, So Haunt Me, London's Burning, The Bill, Holby City, The Long Firm, City Central, Vera, Dalziel and Pascoe, The Ruth Rendell Mysteries, The Inspector Lynley Mysteries, The Beiderbecke Connection, New Tricks, Linda Green and Casualty. His film work includes Calendar Girls and Shirley Valentine.
In 1974, he joined the Liverpool Everyman Theatre Company, where he met his second wife, Jooles, remaining with the company for eight years.
In the theatre, he created the role of Mickey Johnstone in Willy Russell's musical Blood Brothers, originally at the Liverpool Playhouse, and later at the Lyric Theatre, London. He then played the role of Estragon in Samuel Beckett's play Waiting for Godot at the Manchester Library Theatre for three weeks from 16 February to 8 March 2008, and played Willy Loman in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman at York Theatre Royal in November 2008. In December 2009, it was announced that he is to join Emmerdale as a friend of Rodney Blackstock. He made his debut in the soap in March 2010 and his last appearance was shown on 23 July 2010. On 4/5 April 2010, he starred as Alan, the ex-husband of Christine, Inspector Frost's new love interest in A Touch of Frost. In 2012 he appeared in William Shakespeare's King Lear at the Citizens Theatre, Glasgow, alongside David Hayman. In 2014, he appeared in Happy Valley. He resumed the role, Nevison Gallagher, in the 2016 series. He also starred in the hit TV series Line of Duty as Patrick Fairbank.
His first novel The Single Soldier was published in Spring 2017. The second and third parts of the trilogy, The Soldier's Home are also published via Urbane Publishers.
George is patron of the Dark Horse Theatre Company.
His partner is the writer Julia North, with whom he wrote a 1990 episode of Birds of a Feather. They have three sons – Niall (who is also an actor), second who is a schoolteacher and Liam who is a social activist mostly working in French Schools. They have two grandsons, Finn and Dillon.
He first married his childhood sweetheart who supported his ambition to be a professional actor, but this early marriage broke down as he pursued his acting ambitions.
Costigan is a supporter of Everton Football Club and is now a contributor to and football pundit on the hugely successful @TalkingtheBlues podcast with friend Paul - The Esk - and younger brother Andy. 
|1975||Jenny Can't Work Any Faster||Brian||TV film|
|1978||The Sailor's Return||Harry Targett|
|1980||Bloody Kids||School Master 2||TV film|
|1981||Somewhere More Central||Hotel Manager||TV film|
|1983||Red Monarch||Projectionist||TV film|
|1984||The Life and Death of King John||Philip||TV film|
|1986||The Great Paper Chase||Sargeant Jones||TV film|
|1987||Rita, Sue and Bob Too||Bob|
|1993||The Hawk||Stephen Marsh|
|1995||A Mind to Murder||Robin Cheeseman||TV film|
|2001||Love or Money||Ted||TV film|
|2007||The Good Samaritan||Ralph Mayhew||TV film|
|2008||Hancock and Joan||George||TV film|
|1977||Second City Firsts||Trevor||Episode: "Fattening Frogs for Snakes"|
|1978||Pickersgill People||Duggie Butterworth||Episode: "The Sheik of Pickersgill"|
|1981||Screenplay||Ted||Episode: "Happy Since I Met You"|
|1982||Play for Today||Nolan||Episode: "Under the Skin"|
|1982||Fame Is the Spur||Tom Hannaway||Mini-series|
|1982||The Barchester Chronicles||Tom Towers||Mini-series|
|1985||The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes||Wilson Kemp||Episode: "The Greek Interpreter"|
|1988||Rockliffe's Babies||Johnny Wilshire||Episode: "Top Man"|
|1988||The Beiderbecke Connection||D.C. Ben||Mini-series|
|1988-1990||London's Burning||David/Michael Jarvis||4 episodes|
|1989||Bergerac||Oliver Sutton||Episode: "Trenchard's Last Case"|
|1989||The Jim Henson Hour||Father||Episode: "Monster Maker"|
|1990||Inspector Morse||Ron Garrett||Episode: "The Infernal Serpent"|
|1992-1994||So Haunt Me||Peter Rokeby||Series regular|
|1993||The Riff Raff Element||Billy||Series regular|
|1994||Screen Two||Don||Episode: "Sin Bin"|
|1994||The Ruth Rendell Mysteries||Detective Inspector Manciple||Episode: "Master of the Moor"|
|1995||Kavanagh QC||Michael Duggan||Episode: "A Family Affair"|
|1995||Coogan's Run||Barry Parry||Episode: "Get Calf"|
|1996||Madson||George Dartnell||1 episode|
|1996||Murder Most Horrid||Dave Jones||Episode: "Confess"|
|1997||Hetty Wainthropp Investigates||Wallace Pickering||Episode: "Fisticuffs"|
|1997||Casualty||Martin Gregory||Episode: "Always on My Mind"|
|1999||Badger||Moncur||Episode: "The World According to Carp"|
|2000||City Central||DI Jack Carter||Series regular|
|2000||The Bill||Roxanne||2 episodes|
|2001||Peak Practice||Roy Telford||Episode: "Win Some, Lose Some"|
|2001||Holby City||James Campbell||3 episodes|
|2002||Dinotopia||Georgio||Episode: "Making Good"|
|2002||Linda Green||Brian||Episode: "Like Father"|
|2004||The Long Firm||DI George Mooney||Mini-series|
|2005||Down to Earth||Ken Ferris||Episode: "Cowboys"|
|2005||Where the Heart Is||Ralph||Episode: "Together"|
|2005||Rose and Maloney||Marcus Roche||Episode: "Alan Richmond"|
|2006||Dalziel and Pascoe||Barry Bendelow||Episode: "Glory Days"|
|2006||The Inspector Lynley Mysteries||Owen Harcourt-Baines||Episode: "Natural Causes"|
|2006||See No Evil: The Moors Murders||DCI Joe Mounsey||Mini-series|
|2006||Casualty||Stephen Gregory||2 episodes|
|2007||The Royal||Hugh Etheridge||Episode: "Scabs"|
|2007||The Whistleblowers||David Durrell||Episode: "No Child Left Behind"|
|2007||Doctor Who||Max Capricorn||Episode: "Voyage of the Damned"|
|2008||New Tricks||Dave Dalston||Episode: "Loyalties and Royalties"|
|2009||Midsomer Murders||Jack Filby||Episode: "The Creeper"|
|2010||A Touch of Frost||Allen Moorhead||Episode: "If Dogs Run Free"|
|2010||Emmerdale||Charlie Haynes||Series regular|
|2011||Casualty||Father Vincent McConnell||Episode: "Mea Culpa"|
|2012||Homefront||Sgt Howard Raveley||Mini-series|
|2013||Scott & Bailey||Joe Bevan||3 episodes|
|2013||The Great Train Robbery||DCS Ernie Millen||Mini-series|
|2014-2016||Happy Valley||Nevison Gallagher||Series regualar|
|2015||Vera||Bill Telling||Episode: "Old Wounds"|
|2016||Line of Duty||Fairbank||2 episodes|
|2016||The Secret Agent||Sir Ethelred||Mini-series|
|2019||Gentleman Jack||James Holt||4 episodes|
- "George J. Costigan, England and Wales Birth Registration Index, 1837-2008". FamilySearch. 1947.
- Tim Pigott-Smith (1 June 2017). Do You Know Who I Am?: A Memoir. Bloomsbury Publishing. p. 164. ISBN 978-1-4729-3425-3.
- "George Costigan". Shakespeare in Performance. Archived from the original on 6 February 2012. Retrieved 30 December 2007.
- "George Costigan". Hamilton Hodell. Archived from the original on 31 December 2007. Retrieved 30 December 2007.
- "The Secret Agent: Episode 1: Credits". BBC Online. Retrieved 25 July 2016.
- "Birds of a Feather". 2007. BBC Comedy. Retrieved 30 December 2007.
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