Graham Phillips (actor)

Graham David Phillips (born April 14, 1993) is an American actor, filmmaker, and singer. Beginning his acting career at the age of nine, Phillips is known for a variety of film, stage and television roles; as Evan Goldman in the Broadway musical 13, Ben Tennyson in the film Ben 10: Race Against Time, Zach Florrick on the CBS television series The Good Wife, as well as other leading roles in independent films like Staten Island Summer. More recently, he has appeared in films like Blockers and XOXO and in the recurring television roles of Nick St. Clair in Riverdale and Nate in Atypical. He made his feature film directorial debut in 2019 with The Bygone.

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Phillips in 2011
Graham David Phillips

(1993-04-14) April 14, 1993 (age 28)
Alma materPrinceton University
  • Actor
  • filmmaker
  • singer
Years active2002–present

Personal lifeEdit

Phillips was born in Orange County, California, the son of Kathryn (née Hale), an attorney, and Layn R. Phillips, an attorney and former U.S. district court judge. His parents are from Oklahoma.[2] He was raised Episcopalian, and during his K-12 school years, attended St. Margaret's Episcopal School in San Juan Capistrano, California.[3] He dated singer Ariana Grande from 2008 to 2011.[4]

Phillips entered Princeton University in the fall of 2012, majoring in history while maintaining his acting career.[5] His undergraduate thesis was on indigenous marginalization and resistance in the United States.[6] He graduated in 2017.[7]


Stage and musicEdit

Phillips starred as Evan Goldman in the musical comedy 13 on Broadway at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre which opened October 5, 2008 and closed January 4, 2009. It was directed by Jeremy Sams, choreographed by Christopher Gattelli, and its music and lyrics were by Jason Robert Brown and book by Dan Elish and Robert Horn.

Prior to his role in 13, Phillips played the title role in The Little Prince with the New York City Opera at Lincoln Center. The New York Times critic called Phillips' performance in the title role "smashing."[8] From there Phillips went directly into the world premiere of An American Tragedy at the Metropolitan Opera where he played the part of Young Clyde, both opening and closing the opera with a solo.

Phillips' other professional stage credits include A Christmas Carol: The Musical on Broadway performed at Madison Square Garden where he sang the role of Tiny Tim to Jim Dale's Scrooge; The Ten Commandments: The Musical with Val Kilmer at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles.

Phillips, at ten years old, was the second youngest person to sing the National Anthem to open a Los Angeles Dodgers baseball game (behind 9-year-old Jessica Tivens in 1990). He has also debuted original songs composed by Martin Charnin and John Kander in New York. He appeared twice on The Today Show as a soloist. Phillips recorded a solo composed by Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz for the film Noel starring Robin Williams and Susan Sarandon. He also was a soloist on Meat Loaf's 2006 album Bat Out of Hell III: The Monster Is Loose.[9]

Screen actingEdit

Phillips had a co-starring role as Jordan Baxter, the middle son, in the feature film Evan Almighty, starring Steve Carell, Morgan Freeman and Lauren Graham, which premiered June 22, 2007. In the fall of 2007 he completed working on the feature film Stolen Lives starring Josh Lucas. Phillips also played the lead role in Ben 10: Race Against Time. His television credits include The Good Wife, Crossing Jordan, Judging Amy, The King of Queens, White Collar, and the Hallmark film Love's Long Journey.

Phillips, along with the rest of the cast of The Good Wife, has received three Screen Actors Guild Award nominations for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series.[10][11] He has also received three Young Artist Award nominations; Best Performance By a Leading Young Actor in a TV Movie, Miniseries or Special for his role in Ben 10: Race Against Time, Best Performance by a Supporting Young Actor in a Feature Film for his role in Evan Almighty, and Best Supporting Young Actor in a TV Series for his role in The Good Wife. He also plays Roger in the series Guidance.

Phillips played Nick St. Clair in the second season of the teen drama television series Riverdale.[12]

Directing and productionEdit

In 2014, Phillips co-founded a small production company Grind Arts Co. with choreographer-actor Eamon Foley. Foley, who co-starred with Phillips in 13, also was attending Princeton.[13] With Grind, Phillips produced and acted in experimental adaptions of Sweeney Todd and The Last Five Years, and directed a short film titled Color + Light.[14] Phillips also directed a Princeton production of the musical Once in 2016.[15]

Since 2014, Phillips has run the independent film production studio Phillips Pictures with his brother Parker Phillips. As a writer-director team – billed as Graham & Parker Phillips – they have worked on a number of projects together. They released the original short film The Mediator in 2014. In 2019, the Phillips brothers made their feature filmmaking debut with The Bygone. The film was distributed by Netflix. The brothers are currently signed to direct Rumble Through The Dark, a film based on The Fighter by Michael Farris Smith.[6]



Year Title Role Notes
2004 Noel Boy Soprano
2006 The Ten Commandments: The Musical Moses' Son
2007 Evan Almighty Jordan Baxter
Ben 10: Race Against Time Ben Tennyson TV Movie
2009 Stolen Lives Mark Wakefield
2011 Goats Ellis Whitman
2013 Innocence Tobey Crawford
2015 Staten Island Summer Danny Campbell
2015 The Mediator The Boy Short film; also writer and director
2016 XOXO Ethan Shaw
2018 Blockers Austin
2019 The Bygone Kip Summer Also writer, director and producer
2021 Yes Day Brian


Year Title Role Notes
2002 The King of Queens Winthrop Episode: Mentalo Case
2004 Judging Amy Tobie Carroll Episode: Legacy
2006 Crossing Jordan Jonah Wheeler Episode: Mace vs. Scalpel
2009–2016 The Good Wife Zach Florrick 76 episodes
2012 White Collar Evan Leary Episode: Upper West Side Story
2016 Secrets and Lies Liam Connors 3 episodes
2017–2018, 2020 Riverdale Nick St. Clair[16] 5 episodes
2018–2019 Atypical Nate[17] 7 episodes
2019 The Little Mermaid Live! Prince Eric[18] TV Movie


Year Title Role Venue / Company Notes
2002 Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day Alexander Laguna Playhouse
2003 A Christmas Carol Tiny Tim Madison Square Garden
2004 The Ten Commandments Ensemble Kodak Theatre Original production
2005 Pippin Theo Reprise! Theatre Company Reprise! concert performance
The Little Prince The Little Prince New York City Opera
An American Tragedy Young Clyde Metropolitan Opera Original production
2008–2009 13 Evan Norma Terris Theatre Pre-Broadway tryout
Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre Original Broadway production
2017 Once N/A Lewis Center for the Arts Director; Princeton University production
2019 The Little Mermaid Live! Prince Eric Walt Disney Studios ABC TV Movie


Year Album Title Other artist(s)
2006 Bat Out of Hell III: The Monster Is Loose "Monstro" Meat Loaf
"Seize the Night"
"Cry to Heaven"
2008 13 (Original Broadway Cast Recording) "13/Becoming a Man"
"All Hail the Brain/Terminal Illness" Aaron Simon Gross, Eric M. Nelsen
"Getting Ready" Ensemble
"Being a Geek"
"Tell Her" Allie Trimm
"If That's What It Is" Aaron Simon Gross, Allie Trimm
"A Little More Homework" Ariana Grande
"13" (Single Version)
"Here I Come"
2011 Non-album track "Stick Around" (unreleased track) Ariana Grande
2019 The Little Mermaid Live! "Fathoms Below"
"Her Voice"
"If Only" Auli'i Cravalho


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  2. ^ "U.S. Attorney Names Two New Prosecutors". Tulsa World.
  3. ^ "Episcopal News Service - FEATURES". Episcopal Church.
  4. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-10-14. Retrieved 2013-07-25.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ Princeton (November 17, 2016). "#TellUsTigers". Instagram. Retrieved 2021-05-17.
  6. ^ a b "About Brother Writer/Directors Graham Phillips and Parker Phillips". Phillips Pictures. Retrieved 2021-05-17.
  7. ^ Princeton University (November 5, 2019). "Tonight on @ABC: Graham Phillips '17 takes the stage as Prince Eric in #LittleMermaidLive!". Twitter. Retrieved 2021-05-17.
  8. ^ Midgette, Anne (November 14, 2005). "From Grown-Ups, a 'Little Prince' for Children". The New York Times.
  9. ^ "It's Evening in America". Vanity Fair. May 2012. p. 158.
  10. ^ "Nominations Announced for the 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards". SAG Awards. December 14, 2011. Archived from the original on January 6, 2012. Retrieved January 31, 2012.
  11. ^ "The 17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards". SAG Awards. December 16, 2010.
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  13. ^ "About". Grind Arts. Retrieved 2021-05-17.
  14. ^ "Team". Grind Arts. Retrieved 2021-05-17.
  15. ^ "Lewis Center for the Arts' Programs in Theater and Music Theater present the Tony Award-winning musical Once". Lewis Center for the Arts. 2016-10-27. Retrieved 2021-05-17.
  16. ^ "Riverdale Casts The Good Wife Alum as Veronica's Ex". TV Guide. August 11, 2017. Retrieved August 12, 2017.
  17. ^ "Atypical Remains the Most Surprising Family Comedy on TV". TV Guide. September 3, 2018. Retrieved September 9, 2018.
  18. ^ "Meet Ariel, Prince Eric, Ursula, and more of The Little Mermaid Live! cast in new video". Entertainment Weekly. October 6, 2019. Retrieved October 7, 2019.

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