Philip Jackson (born 18 June 1948) is an English actor, known for his many television and film roles, most notably as Chief Inspector Japp in the television series Agatha Christie's Poirot and as Abbot Hugo, one of the recurring adversaries in the cult 1980s series Robin of Sherwood.
Life and career
Jackson was born in Retford, Nottinghamshire. He started acting while studying Drama and German at the University of Bristol, and has worked in the theatre in Leeds, Liverpool and London. 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. He was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award for his role in Little Voice (1998).
His many 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. He has also appeared in films, including the 1979 Scum and Paul McCartney's Give My Regards to Broad Street, Brassed Off, Mike Bassett: England Manager, "Grow Your Own", and My Week with Marilyn. He also appeared in the music video of A-Ha's "Take On Me".
In 2007 he starred in the BBC Radio adaptation of the Petrella mysteries by Michael Gilbert, and guest-starred in the Doctor Who audio play Valhalla. In 2009 he starred as Gaynor's father Roy in the BBC Two sitcom Home Time. In a 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. He also voiced Risda Tarkaan on the BBC radio drama version of C. S. Lewis' The Last Battle. 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.
TV and filmography
- Porridge (1974) as Melvin "Dylan" Bottomley
- Last of the Summer Wine (1976) as Gordon
- Pennies from Heaven (1978) as Dave
- Scum (1979) as Greaves
- Sounding Brass (1980) as Arthur Mannion
- Coronation Street (1982) as Smithy
- Give My Regards to Broad Street (1984) as Alan
- Robin of Sherwood (1984–86) as Abbot Hugo de Rainault
- The Doctor and the Devils (1985) as Andrew Merry-Lees
- Slip-Up (1986, TV film) as Purgavie
- The Fourth Protocol (1987) as Burkinshaw
- The Play on One: The Dark Room (1988) as Greg
- High Hopes (1988) as Martin
- Hamish Macbeth (1996: "A Perfectly Simple Explanation") as Malachi McBean
- Brassed Off (1996) as Jim
- The Opium War (1997) as Captain White
- Touching Evil (1997) as Jim Keller
- Bramwell (1 episode, 1997) as Ronald
- Little Voice (1998) as George
- Cousin Bette (1998) as De Wissembourg
- The Last Salute (12 episodes, 1998–1999) as Leonard Spanwick
- Murder Most Horrid (2 episodes, 1994–99)
- The Sins (2000), as Mickey
- Victoria Wood with All the Trimmings (2000) as Willis
- Mike Bassett: England Manager (2001) as Lonnie Urquart
- Silent Witness, (2001: "Faith") as Detective Inspector Mike Toner
- Crime and Punishment (2002) as Marmaladov
- Cruise of the Gods (2002) as Hugh Bispham
- Agatha Christie's Poirot (1989–2002, 2013) Chief Inspector James Japp
- Little Britain (1 episode, 2003) as Breakfast Cereal Director
- Trust (2003 one episode only)
- Heartbeat (2 episodes, 1998–2004) as Brian Simpson
- Hustle (1 episode, 2004: "The Last Gamble") as Arthur Bond
- Murder in Suburbia (2004 one episode only) as Bill Jackson
- A Touch of Frost (2 episodes, 1999–2005) as Detective Sergeant Sharpe
- Funland (2005) as Leo Finch
- Foyle's War (2006: "Invasion") as Alan Carter
- New Tricks (2006) as suspect Andrew Bartlett
- The Chase (2007)
- Place of Execution (2008)
- The Long Walk to Finchley (2008)
- Crooked House (2008)
- Midsomer Murders (1 episode, 2009: "The Glitch") as Daniel Snape
- Margaret (2009)
- Home Time (2009) as Roy Jacks
- Pete Versus Life (2010–2011) as Frank
- Sugartown (2011) as Ron
- My Week with Marilyn (2011) Roger Smith
- Friend Request Pending (2011) as Trevor
- Stars in Shorts (2012) as Trevor
- The Best Offer (2013) as Fred
- Believe (2013) as Bob
- Boomers (2014–2016) as Alan
- DCI Banks (2014: "Bad Boy") as Al Jenkins
- Death in Paradise (2014) as David Witton
- Raised by Wolves (2013–2016) as Grampy
- The Good Karma Hospital (2017) as Paul Smart
- Peterloo (2018)
- Shakespeare & Hathaway: Private Investigators (2020) as Chamberlin, episode 3.3 "The Sticking Place"
- "Loman role for Philip Jackson". 2 March 2010 – via news.bbc.co.uk.
- "BFI Screenonline: Robin of Sherwood (1984–86)". www.screenonline.org.uk.
- "Philip Jackson". BFI.
- "Philip Jackson | Theatricalia". theatricalia.com.
- "Production of Waiting for Godot | Theatricalia". theatricalia.com.
- "The 5th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards | Screen Actors Guild Awards". www.sagawards.org.
- "Philip Jackson". www.aveleyman.com.
- "Philip Jackson interview for Raised By Wolves | Channel 4". www.channel4.com.
- "BBC Radio 4 Extra – Petrella, Series 1, Myth of Return". BBC.
- "Doctor Who: Valhalla – Audio drama review". www.reviewgraveyard.com.
- "BBC Two – Home Time, Episode 2". BBC.
- "BBC Radio 4 Extra – Terry Pratchett, Night Watch, Episode 4". BBC.
- "BBC Radio 4 Extra – Terry Pratchett, Mort, Episode 1". BBC.
- "Children's BBC Radio 4: The Last Battle". 16 March 1997. p. 113 – via BBC Genome.
- "Gulliver's Travels". Audiobooks.com.
- "BBC Radio 4 – Book at Bedtime, Three Stations, Episode 1". BBC.
- "BBC One – Sugartown, Episode 3". BBC.
- "My Week With Marilyn (2011) – Simon Curtis | Cast and Crew". AllMovie.
- "BBC Radio 4 – Ed Reardon's Week, Series 10, The Go-To Destination". BBC.
- "Poirot actor slams 'philistine' council for cuts to jazz event". Evening Standard. 25 April 2016.
- Guide, British Comedy (11 August 2014). "Philip Jackson interview – Boomers". British Comedy Guide.
- "BBC – Drama – New Tricks Episode Guide Series 4 Episode 6". www.bbc.co.uk.