Vincent Warren Franklin (born 3 November 1966) is an English actor from Haworth, Keighley, Bradford, West Yorkshire, England. 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 Warren Franklin
3 November 1966
|Alma mater||Bristol Old Vic Theatre School|
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. Franklin was educated at Bradford Grammar School. Franklin studied from 1988 to 1990 at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.
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, 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. He portrayed Christopher Drawlight in the 2015 BBC production of Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell.
He is also a founder of the communications consultancy, Quietroom.
|1997||The Woodlanders||Stable Lad|
|2001||From Hell||George Lusk|
|2002||The Bourne Identity||Rawlins|
|2004||Vera Drake||Mr. Lewis|
|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|
|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"|
|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"|
- September 25; Read, 2019·3 Min (25 September 2019). "Meet a Member: Vincent Franklin". 26. Retrieved 13 May 2020.
- "Property Secrets: Popular actor and St Albans resident Vincent Franklin". Herts Advertiser. Retrieved 13 May 2020.
- "Vincent Franklin". www.amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 13 May 2020.
- "Vincent Franklin: Unlikely Hollywood movie star celebrated in new play". www.yorkshirepost.co.uk. Retrieved 13 May 2020.
- 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.
- "Vincent Franklin". Mif.co.uk. Archived from the original on 13 March 2016. Retrieved 11 March 2016.
- "Interview With Vincent Franklin". BBC Comedy website. Archived from the original on 17 April 2011. Retrieved 29 March 2011.
- "Vincent Franklin". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 11 March 2016.
- "Vincent Franklin". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 8 September 2016.
- "Franklin's biography on Quietroom website". quietroom.co.uk. Retrieved 14 April 2016.
- 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.