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Philip Olivier (born Philip Lee Borg-Olivier on 4 June 1980 in Liverpool)[1] is a British actor, model and stage performer best known for playing the role of Tim O'Leary in the soap opera Brookside. He is also known for appearing in many of Big Finish's Doctor Who audio dramas, playing the Seventh Doctor's companion Hex.

Philip Olivier
Philip Lee Borg-Olivier

(1980-06-04) 4 June 1980 (age 39)
OccupationActor, Model, Stage performer
Years active1995–present




Olivier's first role was in 1995 in the Channel 4 production Hearts and Minds with Christopher Eccleston.

In 1996 he starred in his first television, and most notable, role of Timothy 'Tinhead' O'Leary in the Channel 4 soap opera Brookside until its cancellation in 2003. He also appeared in the one-off drama Brookside: Unfinished Business which followed the series in 2003.


Since leaving Brookside Olivier has performed in two dozen audio plays based on the Doctor Who television series by Big Finish Productions as a companion of the Seventh Doctor by the name of Hex. Philip has also appeared as one of the guest regulars in the Channel 4 comedy sketch show Bo Selecta.

He is popular with gay audiences, hosting Mr Gay UK in 2005 and appearing on-stage at several Gay Pride events. Olivier appeared nude in the December 2008 and the April 2009 editions of gay magazine Attitude.

In 2005 he won the Channel 4 reality TV show The Games dominating the competition from start to finish. Displaying an impressive physique in the series, Olivier went on to do a number of photo shoots and released calendars from 2006 to 2009.[2]

2006 saw him play the role of Adam Tyler, a teacher struggling with his sexuality, in the Hollyoaks spin-off series Hollyoaks: In the City on E4.

On 7 February 2007 Olivier featured on Never Mind the Buzzcocks on Phill Jupitus's team along with Donny Tourette.

Olivier appeared on the Ghosthunting with... Paul O'Grady and Friends show, which was broadcast on ITV2 on 6 September 2008, alongside Jennifer Ellison (who had played his character's wife Emily in Brookside), Natasha Hamilton and the show's host Yvette Fielding.

In 2008 Olivier filmed the movie The Crew, released straight to DVD in early 2009. He played the role of a gangster named Paul the Hom.

Olivier appeared in a Celebrity edition of Come Dine with Me in February 2009. He competed alongside Christopher Biggins, Julia Bradbury and Edwina Currie and finished second to Biggins, the eventual winner. During February and March 2009 he competed in "Escape from Takeaway Prison", a section on Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway, which he won on 21 March 2009. Philip also appeared in an episode of Missing, a BBC One afternoon drama, playing club owner and gangster Mark Stone in March of the same year.

2009 also saw Olivier start to perform in musicals. He starred in Never Forget which is about a Take That tribute band forming. He played the role of former stripper Dirty Harry. He also starred in the title role of the Camberley Theatre pantomime Dick Whittington.

On 28 September 2010 Olivier appeared in the BBC soap opera Doctors. He played the role of Matt Darby, a gay yoga instructor. Later in 2010, he took the role of Muddles in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at the Connaught Theatre, Worthing.

In 2013 (Series 4, Episode 6), he featured in an episode of the Channel 4 production of "Four in a Bed" where he and his friend Alfie Bubble own and run the Liverpool B&B 'Yellow Submarine'. Notable episode, where the guests were served a takeaway for breakfast.

In 2014, Olivier starred in the soap opera Doctors.[3]

In 2014, Olivier first appeared in Benidorm the 6th series as troublesome Jason Gallhager, who set out to cause distraction at the Solana! In 2015 he reprised his role revealing his relation to former Solana Manager, Janey. Olivier has not yet been re-cast in Benidorm and there is no status on him appearing in the new series.

In 2019, he appeared in the LBGT short film Just Me (2019)[4][5][6] co-starring actor Carl Loughlin.[7][8] The film addressed the theme of accepting your sexuality, and hetrosexual men who have sex with men. The film gathered a lot of attention in the LBGT worldwide press, including an interview in The Advocate Magazine[9]. Just Me is due for release Oct 2019 by Peccadillo Pictures on their Boys on Film collection.


Year Title Character Production
2008 The Crew Paul the Hom Syndicate Films
2019 Just Me Scott


Appearances in character:

Year Title Character Broadcaster
1996–2003 Brookside Timothy 'Tinhead' O'Leary Channel 4
2003 Brookside: Unfinished Business Timothy 'Tinhead' O'Leary Channel 4
2003 Pleasureland Ben Channel 4
2005 Twisted Tales: Charlie's Angel Iggy BBC
2005 Holby City: Bird on a Wire Steve Morrison BBC
2006 Hollyoaks: In the City Adam Tyler E4/Channel 4
2009 Missing (1 episode) Mark Stone BBC
2010 Doctors: The Go-Between Matt Darby BBC
2014-2015 Benidorm Jason Gallagher ITV

Appearances as himself:

Year Title Broadcaster
2001 The Big Breakfast Channel 4
2001 The Saturday Show BBC
2001 An Audience with... Kylie Minogue ITV
2003 T4 Channel 4
2003 RI:SE Channel 4
2003 Liquid News BBC
2005 The Games: Series 3 Channel 4
2005–2009 The Paul O'Grady Show: Series 2.22, 3.30, 5.32, 9.25 Channel 4
2006; 2009 The Wright Stuff (2 episodes) Five
2006; 2010 Loose Women: Series 10.11, 14.89 ITV
2007 Never Mind the Buzzcocks BBC
2007 Soapstar Superchef ITV
2007 Soapstar Superstar ITV
2008 Ghosthunting with... Paul O'Grady and Friends ITV
2009 Come Dine with Me: Series 6.X Channel 4
2009 Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway ITV
2009 This Morning ITV
2009 Xposé TV3
2013 Four in a Bed Channel 4


  1. ^ Rick Fulton (28 November 2003). "If acting doesn't work out I'll be a stripper; ...and with a body like this, Brookie hunk Philip will be top of every bill". Daily Record. It was very different to Philip's own youth. The Liverpool-born star, real name Philip Borg-Olivier, confesses: 'I went to a private, all-boys Catholic school and led such a sheltered life.'
  2. ^ Phil Olivier Calendar 2007. Slow Dazzle Worldwide. 1 September 2006. ISBN 978-1-84337-617-0., Phil Olivier A3 Official 2008. Danilo Promotions. 30 September 2007. ISBN 978-1-84770-192-3., Phil Olivier 2009 calendar. Danilo. 1 September 2008. ISBN 978-1-84770-336-1.
  3. ^ Kilkelly, Daniel (12 March 2014). "Doctors casts former Brookside actors in guest roles". Digital Spy. (Hearst Magazines UK). Retrieved 12 March 2014.
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