Philip Martin Brown

Philip Martin Brown (born 9 July 1956) is an English actor, born in Manchester, Lancashire. He is best known for his role as the grumpy Head of English, Grantly Budgen, in the BBC One school-based drama series Waterloo Road for 160 episodes, from 2006 to 2013, and as Steve McDonald's (Simon Gregson) Therapist in the ITV soap opera, Coronation Street, in 2015.

Philip Martin Brown
Born (1956-07-09) 9 July 1956 (age 64)
Years active1978–present
Notable credit(s)
Wing and a Prayer (1997–1998)
City Central (1998–2000)
Casualty (2002–2003)
Coronation Street (2005, 2015)
Waterloo Road (2006–2013)
Death Comes to Pemberley (2013)
The Worst Witch (2017–2019)
Spouse(s)Pip Brown

Early careerEdit

Philip Martin Brown first appeared on UK television screens playing the role of Sam Potter in A Horseman Riding By (1978).[1]

Recent careerEdit

Brown appeared in 160 episodes of the BBC One school-based drama series, Waterloo Road, over nine series from 2006 to 2013 and was the longest serving cast member, portraying the role of Head of the English department, Grantly Budgen.[2] He has also worked on The Professionals, Cutting It and The Bill, where he appeared in ten episodes as Seth Mercer, and has made appearances in many other British dramas, including Heartbeat, Midsomer Murders, Hetty Wainthropp Investigates, New Tricks and Doctors. His most prominent role in a drama before Waterloo Road was Eddie Vincent in Casualty, where he appeared in 17 episodes between 2002 and 2003. He also played John Adams in the film The Bounty and appeared in Sharpes Justice in 1995. He played a detective in series 1 episode 2 of the ITV drama Rosemary & Thyme. He also appeared in a Skins Online episode in 2012 as a drug dealer. Brown left Waterloo Road during the autumn term of Series 9.[3] He appeared briefly in the 1999 film Sleepy Hollow starring Johnny Depp. In January 2015, he appeared in Coronation Street as Steve McDonald's (Simon Gregson) therapist.

He appeared in the CBBC series The Worst Witch in 2017, playing the role of Rowan Webb.[4]



Year Title Role Notes
1981 Eye of the Needle Billy Parkin
1983 Party Party Tony
1984 The Bounty Adams
1997 Bring Me the Head of Mavis Davis Inspector Furse
1999 Sleepy Hollow Constable One
2001 Dream Martin
2006 Irish Jam Danny
2011 Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy Tufty Thesinger
2012 Tezz Police Chief Alan
Strawberry Fields Bob
2017 Darkest Hour Sawyers
2018 Peterloo Angry Citizen


Year Title Role Notes
1978 A Horseman Riding By Sam Potter Series regular, 7 episodes
1979 Crown Court Bernard Caplan Episode: "Boys Will Be Boys"
1980 Enemy at the Door Private Hoskins Episode: "The Raid"
Bull Week Eddie Kowal TV mini-series; all 6 episodes
Him and His Magic Stanley Television short
1981 BBC2 Playhouse Miles Episode: "A Last Visitor for Mr. Hugh Peter"
Chronicle Lt. Beattie Episode: "The Crime of Captain Colhurst"
Keep It in the Family Mr. Wilkins Episode: "The Inferior Decorator"
1982 Juliet Bravo Billy Read Episode: "Betrayals"
1983 The Professionals Cook Episode: "No Stone"
Jemima Shore Investigates Clive Gartrell Episode: "A Model Murder"
1986 Bluebell Sam Smith Episode #1.1
The Monocled Mutineer Turner Episode: "A Dead Man On Leave"
1987 Indelible Evidence Andrew Boulden Episode: "Process Of Elimination"
Floodtide Special Branch Man Episode: "One: The Call"
1914 All Out Jack Fairbrother Television film
A Perfect Spy Kaufmann TV mini-series; episode #1.3
1988 Coming Through David Television film
All Creatures Great and Small Jack Scott 2 episodes
1989 The Paradise Club Peter Noonan 5 episodes
1990 Chain Jobelin Episode: "Miss. Brinkwell"
Die Kinder Norris Episode: "Direct Action"
1991 EastEnders Sergeant Jimmy Buckwell Episode #644
The Sharp End Andy Barras TV mini-series; all 8 episodes
1992 El C.I.D. Keith Smith Episode: "The Lone Stranger"
Medics Charles Davies Episode #2.3
The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles Guard Episode: "Germany, Mid-August 1916"
Boon Maurice Episode: "Love Or Money"
Birds of a Feather M.C. Episode: "Okey-Cokey-Karaoke"
1993 Minder Pike Episode: "No Way to Treat a Daley"
The Bill Senior Prison Officer Episode: "Insider Dealing"
Heartbeat Jack Scarman Episode: "Dead Ringer"
Between the Lines Mick Furness Episode: "Manoeuvre 11"
1994 Peak Practice Colin Meadows Episode: "In Good Faith"
Murder Most Horrid Psycho Episode: "Smashing Bird"
The Lifeboat Colin Hicks Episode: "The Birdman"
1995 The Bill Jack Spellman Episode: "Life's a Bitch"
Band of Gold Mr. Moore 3 episodes
Men of the World John Episode: "Happy Birthday Kendle"
Coogan's Run PC Ted Cromwell 2 episodes
1996 Pie in the Sky Chief Inspector Kendon Episode: "Devils on Horseback"
1997 The Bill Ray Kingsley Episode: "No Claims Bonus"
Sharpe's Justice Saunders Television film
Screen One Cook Episode: "Hostile Waters"
1997–1998 Wing and a Prayer John Daley Series regular, 14 episodes
1998 Hetty Wainthropp Investigates Philip Hoskins Episode: "Digging for Dirt"
1998–2000 City Central Sgt. Paul Dobson Series regular, 29 episodes
1999 Playing the Field Bus Inspector 2 episodes
The Bill Jack Thompson Episode: "Taxed"
2001 Where the Heart Is Bob Young Episode: "Sanctuary"
2002 Cutting It Smedley Series regular, 5 episodes
The Bill Colin Greenstead Episode: "Playing Runaway"
2002–2003 Casualty Eddie Vincent Series regular, 17 episodes
2003 Rosemary & Thyme D.I. Trelawney Episode: "Arabica and the Early Spider"
Blue Dove Andy Brennan TV mini-series
2004 Murder in Suburbia Tim Gregson Episode: "Sanctuary"
New Tricks Rick Brewer Episode: "Home Truths"
Murphy's Law John Franklin Episode: "Convent"
Foyle's War Andrew Neame Episode: "They Fought in the Fields"
Midsomer Murders John Whittle Episode: "Things That Go Bump in the Night"
2005 Doctors Pat Bolton Episode: "Little Lies"
Down to Earth Trevor Episode: "Broken Dreams"
The Royal Thomas Copley Episode: "Say a Little Prayer"
Coronation Street D.I. Pinnock Recurring role, 8 episodes
2005–2006 The Bill Seth Mercer 6 episodes
2006–2013 Waterloo Road Grantly Budgen Longest serving cast member; series regular, 160 episodes (series 1–9,
archive footage, series 10)
2006 A Harlot's Progress Gaoler Television film
2007 Heartbeat Frank Jackson Episode: "Out of Africa"
2008 Midsomer Murders George Barkham Episode: "Days of Misrule"
Doctors Harry Denver Episode: "Stranger on a Bridge"
2011 Eric Aspinall Episode: "Men and Motors"
2013 Death Comes to Pemberley Mr. Bidwell TV mini-series; all 3 episodes
Doctors Keith Rooney Episode: "Santa Ranter"
2014 Endeavour Bernard Yelland Episode: "Trove"
2015 Coronation Street Therapist 2 episodes
Vera Stan Convile Episode: "Old Wounds"
2016 Suspects Ed Goddard Episode: "The Enemy Within: Part 5"
Doctors 'Grandie' Eddie Coulter Episode: "Heartstrings"
2017–2019 The Worst Witch Mr Algernon Rowan Webb Series regular, 33 episodes
2018 Holby City Richard Nash Episode: "Belonging"
Detroiters Uncredited Episode: "Lois"
2019 Doctors Greg Milne Episode: "The Getaway"
2020 Flack Terry Episode: "Brand Barron"

Personal life and awardsEdit

He attended Barrow-in-Furness Grammar School for Boys where his favourite subject was English. At the end of his fifth year, Brown was asked to leave the school, later stating that he was a "dreadful troublemaker".[5] He lives in Paddock Wood, Kent, with his wife. They have two children.

In 2010, Brown was nominated for the Best Actor prize in the 2010 TV Choice Awards, and won it three years in a row.[6]

He is an ex-epileptic and had to leave the stage until he underwent brain surgery which has left him seizure-free for 22 years.[7]

Brown was diagnosed with epilepsy at the age of 19 and is now an ambassador for the charity Young Epilepsy.[8][better source needed]


  1. ^ "A Horseman Riding By (TV Series 1978)". IMDb. Retrieved 9 June 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "Waterloo Road (TV Series 2006)". IMDb. Retrieved 9 June 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ Daly, Emma (3 August 2016). "Amanda Holden joins cast of The Worst Witch". Radio Times.
  5. ^ "Press Office – Waterloo Road: Philip Martin Brown plays Grantly Budgen". BBC. Retrieved 9 June 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ Frankham, Oliver (28 May 2010). "Actor nominated for top magazine award". Kent and Sussex Courier (Paddock Wood edition). p. 3.
  7. ^ Kilkelly, Daniel (26 March 2012). "'Waterloo Road' star Philip Martin Brown recalls epilepsy struggle". Digital Spy.
  8. ^ Young Epilepsy website

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