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Phillip Rhys (born 14 June 1974) is an English actor and director.

Phillip Rhys
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Born (1974-06-14) 14 June 1974 (age 45)
ResidenceLondon, England
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
OccupationActor, director
Years active1997–present

Early lifeEdit

He was born in Upper Norwood, South London, the second of three sons.[1] After graduating from Westminster College he spent a year living and working in Paris. He returned to London to study acting with Marianna Hill at the Lee Strasberg Institute,[1] and later with Jeffrey Tambor and Milton Katselas at the Beverly Hills Playhouse in Los Angeles.

Film and television careerEdit

His film work includes The Adventures of Tintin directed by Steven Spielberg, Wilde Salome directing and starring Al Pacino, The Space Between with Oscar winner Melissa Leo and Irvine Welsh's The Magnificent Eleven. Pivotal television roles in the Emmy winning series, 24 (season 2) for which he was part of a SAG ensemble nomination, FX's Golden Globe winning Nip/Tuck and the BBC's post-apocalyptic hit drama Survivors. Other television credits include a series regular on Flatland with Dennis Hopper, the first US TV show to be shot entirely in China. Rhys is also known for his work in independent films, such as The Space Between with oscar winner Melissa Leo, Punks,[2] Woundings, Kill the Man, Americanizing Shelley, and Fathers and Sons. Rhys also starred as intergalactic rock star Proto Zoa in the Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century series of Disney films[3][4] and as Tanus, the Egyptian warrior, in the miniseries The Seventh Scroll, based on the best selling novel by Wilbur Smith. He has also appeared in single episodes of Bones, Glee, CSI and NCIS, amongst others. On Christmas Day 2015, Rhys portrayed Ramone in the Doctor Who Christmas special The Husbands of River Song.

Phillip recently starred in two highly anticipated television series, Nightflyers based on the novella by George R.R. Martin and Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists". Phillip's will soon be seen in the recurring role of Damien Hewett in Kevin Williamson's Tell Me a Story for CBS All Access.

Directing careerEdit

Rhys has directed several commercials and documentary short films over the years, including Xie, Xie, Shanghai and The Rocky. Phillip produced and directed his narrative short debut, The Scarecrow, starring Sandra Oh. The Scarecrow was nominated for numerous awards, including Best Narrative Short Film at the Tribeca Film Festival, Drama Short Film Festival Grand Prix Best Short Film (International) and won the Accolade Global Film Competition Award of Excellence: Film Short. Rhys was selected to participate as a Fellow in the prestigious Disney ABC Television Directing Program.

Stage careerEdit

On stage, he received outstanding reviews for his performance in Dario Fo's The Devil with Boobs and a Drama-Logue Award for his role in the Los Angeles stage production of Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean. Other performances include "John Buchanan Jr." in Tennessee Williams Summer and Smoke and a turn in John Patrick Shanley's The Dreamer Examines His Pillow at Theatre West.

Charity workEdit

He is involved in various non-profit organizations including BAFTA Outreach and is an Inner City Shakespeare Advisory Board Member. Rhys is a Sundance Institute Alumni.

Personal lifeEdit

On 22 November 2008, Rhys appeared on Soccer AM and confirmed he supports Crystal Palace Football Club. He speaks French and has travelled extensively. Phillip is a former member of the alternative rock band Egos Aside. Rhys now lives in London and Los Angeles.


  1. ^ a b "My hols: Phillip Rhys". The Times. 14 December 2008.
  2. ^ Willis, John (2002). Screen World 2002. Hal Leonard Corporation. p. 203. ISBN 1557835985.
  3. ^ O'Hare, Kate (17 January 1999). "Disney rocks the future with Zenon: Girl of the 21st century". The Buffalo News.
  4. ^ Hischak, Thomas S.; Mark A. Robinson (2009). The Disney Song Encyclopedia. Scarecrow Press. p. 153. ISBN 0810869381.

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