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Neil Maskell (born 1976)[1] is an English actor, writer, and director who is known for his appearances in British crime and horror films such as The Football Factory and Kill List.[2]

Neil Maskell
Born1976 (age 42–43)
London, England
OccupationActor, writer, director
Years active1991–present

Early lifeEdit

Maskell was born in London. As a youngster, he played football for Long Lane JFC as a full back. He first trained in acting at the Anna Scher Theatre in Islington, London, where he attended classes from the age of 11,[3] and studied at the Miskin Theatre, Dartford at North West Kent College from 1992. He later worked as a director at the Miskin Theatre.[4]



Maskell's film career began in 1997 with an appearance as Schmuddie in Gary Oldman's directorial debut Nil by Mouth. His leading role in the 2011 thriller Kill List attracted positive reviews from critics and saw him nominated for the Best Actor award at the British Independent Film Awards.


Maskell's first television appearance was in 1991 in the ITV police drama The Bill. Between 1992 and 2002, he made a further five appearances on the show, portraying a different character each time. He has had one-off roles in a number of other popular British serial dramas such as Casualty, London's Burning, Soldier Soldier. His most regular television roles have been in the 2005 comedy series Mike Bassett: Manager, in the comedy sketch show The Wrong Door, and in the 2013–2014 thriller drama action series Utopia. Since 2015, he has been a series regular in sci-fi thriller Humans.. In 2019 Maskell played prime minister Winston Churchill in the series finale of Peaky Blinders.

Personal lifeEdit

Maskell is a supporter of Arsenal.[5]



Year Title Role Notes
1997 Nil by Mouth Schmuddie
Crocodile Snap Ray
1998 Titanic Town Soldier
2000 Sorted Record Shop Geezer
2001 Redemption Road Leading Mugger
2002 AKA Marcus
2003 The Sequel Lenny
2004 The Football Factory Rod
It's All Gone Pete Tong Jack Stoddart
Fat Slags Policeman
2006 Basic Instinct 2 Detective Ferguson
2007 The Englishman John
Rise of the Footsoldier Darren Nicholls
Atonement Soldier in Bray Bar
True Colours Neil
2009 Paintball Frank
Tony Mike Hemmings
Doghouse Banksy
2010 The Shouting Men Terry
Bonded by Blood Craig Rolfe
2011 Ghosted Nathan
Kill List Jay Nominated – British Independent Film Award for Best Actor
Jack Falls: Sid's Story Sid
Turnout Scott
Wild Bill Dicky
How to Stop Being a Loser Hands Henry
Level Up Dmitri
2012 Pusher Marlon
Wasteland (known as The Rise in England) Steven Roper
St George's Day Jimmy McCudden
2013 Open Windows Chord
2014 Hyena Martin
2015 Bone in the Throat Lewis
High-Rise PC White
2017 King Arthur: Legend of the Sword Back Lack
2018 Happy New Year, Colin Burstead Colin


Year Title Role Notes
1991 The Bill Billy Potter Episode: "Joey"
1992 Perfect Scoundrels Dean Episode: "Let No Man Put Asunder"
The Bill Gary Episode: "Fireworks"
1995 The Bill Damien Burns Episode: "Over the Top"
1996 Soldier Soldier Para 1 Episode: "Money for Nothing"
London's Burning Gary Episode: "Episode No.9.8"
The Thin Blue Line Football Official Episode: "Come on You Blues"
1997 Casualty Luke Lowther Episode: "United... By Blood"
Chalk Arse Face Episode: "The Inspection"
The Bill Warren Heskey Episode: "Neighbours"
Wycliffe Tully Episode: "Old Crimes, New Times"
1998 Bramwell Manky Matkin Episode: "Our Brave Boys"
1998 Ultraviolet Neil Episode: "In Nomine Patris"
1999 The Murder of Stephen Lawrence
1999 Murder Most Horrid Martin Greaves Episode: "Whoopi Stone"
1999 The Bill Frank Wilson Episode: "Screwdriver"
2000 Killers
2000 Silent Witness Gary Lomax Episode: "The World Cruise"
2002 The Jury Chris Maher
2002 The Bill Gary Roach Episode: "013"
2003 Strange Youth Episode: "Dubik"
2004 Shameless Corporal Episode: "Episode No.2.0"
2005 The Inspector Lynley Mysteries Martin Moran Episode: "Word of God"
2005 Mike Bassett: Manager Wirral Web Presenter
2007 Casualty Tom Faulkner Episode: "It Never Rains"
2008 The Wrong Door
2009 Casualty Lenny
2012 Silent Witness Stuart Thompson Episode: "Domestic"
2013–2014 Utopia Arby / Piètre
2013 The Mimic Neil
2013 Dates Nick
2013 By Any Means Joe Tyrus Episode 2
2013 The Great Train Robbery Buster Edwards
2015 Raised by Wolves Michael
2015–2016 Humans DS Peter Drummond
2018 No Offence Dennis Caddy Series 3
2019 Cleaning Up Warren
2019 Peaky Blinders Winston Churchill Series 5


  1. ^ "". Archived from the original on 8 September 2010. Retrieved 16 December 2011.
  2. ^ "". Retrieved 16 December 2011.
  3. ^ "". Retrieved 16 December 2011.
  4. ^ "Miskin Theatre Company". December 2011. Archived from the original on 26 April 2012.
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