Vincent Franklin

Vincent Warren Franklin (born 3 November 1966) is an English actor from Haworth, Keighley, Bradford, West Yorkshire, England.[1][2][3] He is best known for his roles in comedy television programmes. He has appeared in a number of feature films including the Mike Leigh films Topsy-Turvy (1999), Vera Drake (2004) and Mr Turner (2014), and the 2006 films Confetti and The Illusionist, as well as The Bourne Identity (2002). In 2018, he played the role of Mike Travis in the BBC television series Bodyguard.

Vincent Franklin
Vincent Warren Franklin

(1966-11-03) 3 November 1966 (age 53)
Alma materBristol Old Vic Theatre School
Years active1995–present

Early lifeEdit

Franklin was born in Haworth, and was raised there until the age of 9 when his family moved to Kilnsea, Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire. A couple of years later they moved back to the City of Bradford when Franklin was 11.[1][2] Franklin was educated at Bradford Grammar School.[4][5] Franklin studied from 1988 to 1990 at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.[6]


Franklin has had roles in many TV series including Five Days, Doc Martin, Being Human, Grandma's House, Happy Valley as DSI Andy Shepherd, as Rowan the trainer in The Office, Nick Jowett in Twenty Twelve,[7] PR guru Stewart Pearson in The Thick Of It, Henry Best in Cucumber and Prendergast in the BBC 2017 adaptation of the Evelyn Waugh novel Decline and Fall.[8] He portrayed Christopher Drawlight in the 2015 BBC production of Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell.[9]

He is also a founder of the communications consultancy, Quietroom.[10]

Personal lifeEdit

Franklin is a Bradford City A.F.C. fan.[4][11]



Year Title Role Notes
1997 The Woodlanders Stable Lad
1999 Topsy-Turvy Rutland Barrington
2001 From Hell George Lusk
2002 The Bourne Identity Rawlins
2004 Vera Drake Mr. Lewis
2006 The Illusionist Loschek
2006 Confetti Archie
2006 Jam Jason
2009 Bright Star Dr. Bree
2013 National Theatre Live: This House Michael Cocks
2014 Mr. Turner Gentleman Critics
2014 The Riot Club Porter
2018 Peterloo Magistrate Rev Ethelston
2018 Nativity Rocks! Lord Mayor
2019 Yesterday Brian


Year Title Role Notes
1995–2007 The Bill Merv Patterson / Hotel Manager 2 episodes
1996 Sharman Barman Season 1, Episode 3
1998 Kavanagh QC Alan Sheedy Episode: "Dead Reckoning"
Berkeley Square Reverend Wilkes Episode: "Pretty Maids All in a Row"
Alexei Sayle's Merry-Go-Round Various Season 1, Episode 6
2000–2004 Casualty Ken Driscoll/Tony Fleming 2 episodes
2001 People Like Us Episode: "The Mother"
The Office Rowan Episode: "Training"
The Infinite Worlds of H.G. Wells War Minister 6 episodes
2002–2003 Sir Gadabout: The Worst Knight in the Land Sir Rancid 20 episodes
2004 Wild West Priggish Man Episode: "Angela Learns to Drive"
The Worst Week of My Life Doctor Episode: "Friday"
EastEnders Carl 1 episode
2004–2017 Doc Martin Chris Parsons 5 episodes
2005 Casanova Nobleman 2 Season 1, Episode 1
Hustle Nigel Henney Episode: "Gold Mine"
2006 The Virgin Queen Thomas Phelippes Season 1, Episode 2
Holby City Kevin Gilbert Episode: "Let It Shine"
2007 Five Days Rawdon Hull 4 episodes
Doctors Pete Thorne Episode: "Out of Control"
The Life and Times of Vivienne Vyle Graham Season 1, Episode 3
Lead Balloon Barry Episode: "Debacle"
Oliver Twist Mr Limbkins 2 episodes
2007–2012 The Thick of It Stewart Pearson 10 episodes
2008 Never Better Josh Episode: "God"
Fairy Tales Ralf Episode: "The Empress's New Clothes"
2010 Being Human Ross Episode: "Educating Creature"
2011–2012 Twenty Twelve Nick Jowett 12 episodes
2012 Grandma's House Uncle Barry 2 episodes
2013 The Wrong Mans Sergeant Ince Episode: "The Wrong Mans"
2015 Banana Henry Best 4 episodes
Cucumber Henry Best 8 episodes
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell Drawlight 7 episodes
2016 Happy Valley Andy Shepherd 6 episodes
BBC Comedy Feeds Marshall Episode: "Fail"
2017 Urban Myths Alexander Episode: "Hitler the Artist"
Decline and Fall Prendergast 3 episodes
2018 Bodyguard Mike Travis 6 episodes
2019 Gentleman Jack Christopher Rawson 5 episodes
2019 Midsomer Murders Artie Blythe Episode "With Baited Breath"


  1. ^ a b c September 25; Read, 2019·3 Min (25 September 2019). "Meet a Member: Vincent Franklin". 26. Retrieved 13 May 2020.
  2. ^ a b c "Property Secrets: Popular actor and St Albans resident Vincent Franklin". Herts Advertiser. Retrieved 13 May 2020.
  3. ^ "Vincent Franklin". Retrieved 13 May 2020.
  4. ^ a b "Vincent Franklin: Unlikely Hollywood movie star celebrated in new play". Retrieved 13 May 2020.
  5. ^ Bottoms, Stephen (3 April 2015). "Of Spin Doctors, Whips, and Choristers: An Interview with Vincent Franklin". Contemporary Theatre Review. 25 (2): 255–260. doi:10.1080/10486801.2015.1020723. ISSN 1048-6801.
  6. ^ "Vincent Franklin". Archived from the original on 13 March 2016. Retrieved 11 March 2016.
  7. ^ "Interview With Vincent Franklin". BBC Comedy website. Archived from the original on 17 April 2011. Retrieved 29 March 2011.
  8. ^ "Vincent Franklin". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 11 March 2016.
  9. ^ "Vincent Franklin". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 8 September 2016.
  10. ^ "Franklin's biography on Quietroom website". Retrieved 14 April 2016.
  11. ^ franklin, vincent (15 January 2015). "Yesterday Bradford City beat Millwall 4:0. Today we launch Russell T Davies brilliant dramas. My suit fits. I'm living the dream". @vincentfranklin. Retrieved 14 May 2020.

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