Philip William "Phil" Daniels (born 25 October 1958 in Islington)[1][2] is an English actor, most noted for film and television roles as cockneys such as Jimmy Cooper in Quadrophenia, Richards in Scum, Stewart in The Class of Miss MacMichael, Danny in Breaking Glass, Mark in Meantime, Billy the Kid in Billy the Kid and the Green Baize VampireKevin Wicks inEastEnders, DCS Frank Patterson in New Tricks and Grandad Trotter in the Only Fools and Horses prequel Rock & Chips. He is also known for featuring on Blur's 1994 single "Parklife".


 [hide*1 Career


Since training at the Anna Scher Theatre School in Islington,[3] Daniels has made appearances in many films and television series.

He made his film debut in 1976, at the age of 17, as a waiter in Bugsy Malone,[4] That same year he had significant roles in three television series: The Molly WopsiesFour Idle Hands, and The Flockton Flyer; however, he had enjoyed an incidental appearance (with fellow drama students) the previous year (1975) in Thames Television's You Must Be Joking! Over the following four years he appeared in QuadropheniaBreaking Glass, and Scum. He also appeared in the 1970s TV drama serial Raven.

In the late 1970s and early 1980s, Daniels was a member of new wave band The Cross, along with fellow actor Peter Hugo Daly, the band releasing an album (Phil Daniels + The Cross) and single, "Kill Another Night" on RCA Recordsin 1979.[5] His musical inclinations were revealed when he starred in a 1985 British snooker musical Billy the Kid and the Green Baize Vampire. He narrated tracks "Parklife" and "Me, White Noise" on the Parklife and Think Tankalbums for Blur.

He contributed the voice of Fetcher, the dull-witted rat to the animated film Chicken Run. In recent years he has turned his attention to comedy, appearing in the series Sunnyside Farm and alongside Al Murray in the cult sitcom Time Gentlemen Please. Daniels also starred as Freddy Windrush in an episode of Gimme Gimme Gimme (Series 2, Episode 3 - "Prison Visitor").

Daniels has performed on stage with the Royal Shakespeare Company in plays such as The Merchant of VeniceThe Jew of Malta and A Clockwork Orange. In 2004 he appeared in the BBC comedy-drama Outlaws as a criminalsolicitor. In 2006 he joined the cast of the popular BBC soap opera EastEnders playing Kevin Wicks. The actor temporarily left the show in early 2007, however, he returned in March 2007. On 18 August 2007, it was revealed in the Sunthat Daniels was to leave the show.[6] His character died in a car crash on 31 December 2007.

Daniels, along with his co-stars, attended a Quadrophenia Reunion at London Film and Comic Con at Earls Court on 1 and 2 September 2007.

In May 2008 Daniels ran the Flora London Marathon on behalf of the "Sparks" Charity, and in December 2008 starred in Sheffield Theatre and Evolution Pantomimes co-production of Aladdin as "Abanazar" at Lyceum Theatre,Sheffield.[7]

In late 2008 Daniels voiced a major character in the English language re-release of the cult 2006 Norwegian animated film Free Jimmy, alongside Woody Harrelson and with dialogue written by Simon Pegg. Also in 2008 Daniels starred alongside Gary Stretch and Geoff Bell in the UK film Freebird, directed by Jon Ivay, which followed three bikers across a drug-fuelled ride in the Welsh countryside.

Daniels appeared as the Magic Mirror in the pantomime of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at the Marlowe Theatre in December 2008, which also includes a role by former EastEnders colleague Emma Barton.[8]

Daniels appeared in the 2008 series of Strictly Come Dancing with partner Flavia Cacace. He was the first to be evicted from the show on 21 September 2008.[9]

He appeared on Celebrity Mastermind: 2008/2009, finishing on 24 points in second place. Also on 26 June 2009 he appeared on stage with Blur at the M.E.N. Arena, then on 28 June 2009 at Glastonbury 2009 on their song "Parklife",[10]as well as on 2/3 July 2009 in their Hyde Park Concerts.[11] Daniels portrayed Del Boy's grandfather in a prequel to the comedy series Only Fools and Horses called Rock & Chips, which was screened in January 2010 and, on 13 September 2010 on BBC Radio Five LiveJames Buckley confirmed that Rock & Chips would be returning for two specials, one at Christmas 2010, and the other at Easter 2011. Daniels has subsequently reprised his role as Ted Trotter in both of the Rock & Chips specials. 2013 saw the release of the film Vinyl in which Phil Daniels not only stars but also wrote and performs most of the film's music soundtrack. Directed by Sara Sugarman, Vinyl is the story of an agingRock Group forced to con the music industry to gain radio play of future record releases. The film is based on true events faced by Rock Group the Alarm that took place in the U.K. in 2004.

Daniels now co-hosts a weekly podcast with Ceri Levy dedicated to Chelsea Football Club, "The Chels - The Chelsea Podcast".[12]

Personal life[edit]Edit

Daniels had a long-term relationship with Jan Stevens, who died in 2012.[13] The couple had one daughter, Ella (born c. 1990).[14][15] He is a Chelsea F.C. fan.[16]

Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Horwood Phillips Goodman Tonioli Total
1 Waltz / I Have Nothing 4 5 6 5 20 Eliminated


Year Title Role
2013 Vinyl Johnny Jones
2008 Weekes' Revenge Brian Harris
2008 Freebird Grouch
2006 Free Jimmy Gaz, English language version released in 2008
2001 Goodbye Charlie Bright Eddie
2000 Chicken Run Fetcher
1998 Still Crazy Neil Gaydon
1985 The Bride Bela
1985 Billy the Kid and the Green Baize Vampire Billy the Kid
1980 Breaking Glass Danny
1984 Meantime Mark Pollock
1983 The Timidity of the Loverat Johnny Hitchcock
1979 Zulu Dawn Pullen
1979 Quadrophenia Jimmy Cooper
1979 Scum Richards
1978 The Class of Miss MacMichael Stewart
1977 Scum (Banned BBC version) Richards
1976 Bugsy Malone Waiter

Television work[edit]Edit


  • The Tin Drum (1999) - Oskar Matzerath[17]
  • On The Ceiling - Saturday Play, BBC Radio 4, 7 February 2009[18]



  • Phil Daniels + The Cross (Phil Daniels + The Cross) (1979)
  • "Kill Another Night" (Phil Daniels + The Cross) (1979)
  • "Penultimate Person" (Phil Daniels + The Cross) (1980, Europe only)
  • "Parklife" (Blur starring Phil Daniels) (1994)
  • Me White Noise (song) in Think Tank (Blur starring Phil Daniels) (2003).
  • "Free Rock and Roll" from the film "Vinyl" (Phil Daniels, Keith Allen and The Alarm) (2013)
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