Philip McGough

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Philip McGough (born 1950)[1] is a British actor from Penygraig, Wales, with many appearances on UK television and a former member of the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Personal life[edit]

In an interview with The Mirror in 2001, McGough revealed he had trained as a monk between the ages of 14 to 26. After leaving the order, he worked as a teacher before embarking on a Hippy Trip that failed and led him into acting.[1]

McGough is married and has three children.[1]


McGough made his first big break on TV in Thames Television's series Rooms as Eddie Graham.[2] His well-known television roles include Sergeant Calder, a member of the British Army's bomb disposal squad, in the Doctor Who story Resurrection of the Daleks (1984),[3] secret service detective Edwin Woodhall in the Alan Bleasdale-written drama The Monocled Mutineer (1986),[2] Charles Dawson in soap opera Brookside,[2] the conman Arnie in the Only Fools and Horses episode "Chain Gang" (1989),[4] Provost Marshall in Sharpe's Gold[5] and Dr. Malcolm Nicholson in Bad Girls, a role he played in 28 episodes.[2] At the 2010 British Soap Awards, he was nominated as Villain of the Year for his portrayal of Dr Nicholson.[6][7] He appeared in Midsomer Murders “Bantling Boy” as Geoffrey (2005). In 2006, he guest-starred in the audio drama Sapphire and Steel: Perfect Day. McGough also featured in an episode of the popular British mystery series Jonathan Creek, "The Reconstituted Corpse", in which he plays the part of Zola Zbzewski's agent, stalker and murder accomplice. In 2010, he was a regular in Doctors as Dr. Charlie Bradfield.[8]

During the early 1970s, McGough was a member of the Half Moon Theatre Company.[9][1] McGough was a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company during 1979 appearing in the productions of Antony and Cleopatra as Chief Eunuch Mardian,[10] The Churchill Play, Once in a Lifetime, The White Guard, Wild Oats, Mens Beano and Captain Swing.[11] McGough played Stalin in the 1985 production of Howard Barker's The Power of the Dog at Hampstead Theatre.[12] In 2014, McGough conceived and starred in the BBC Radio 4 programme In Belloc's Footsteps.[13]


Year Title Role
1982 Give Us This Day Bert[14]
1983 Forever Young Ian
1983 Ends and Means[15][16]
1989 Forever Green
1990 The Fool Mr. Croker
1991 102 Boulevard Haussmann Dr. Bize
1993 M. Butterfly Prosecution Attorney
1998 Les Misérables Judge
1998 One in Something Man in lift
1999 Don't Go Breaking My Heart Douglas
2001 The Emperor's New Clothes British tourist
2006 The Illusionist Dr. Hofzinser


  1. ^ a b c d "I was beaten by monks and lived among hippies; WELSH ACTOR PHILIP MCGOUGH ON WHY HE DOESN'T BELIEVE IN GOD". The Mirror. 12 October 2001. Retrieved 12 March 2021.
  2. ^ a b c d "Philip Mcgough". British Film Institute. Retrieved 12 March 2021.
  3. ^ Jean-Marc Lofficier (8 May 2003). The Doctor Who Programme Guide Fourth Edition. ISBN 9781462098965.
  4. ^ Jim Sullivan, Mike Jones (30 September 2021). Lovely Jubbly: A Celebration of 40 Years of Only Fools and Horses. ISBN 9781473533073.
  5. ^ Jason Salkey (8 July 2021). From Crimea with Love Misadventures in the Making of Sharpe’s Rifles. ISBN 9781783529582.
  6. ^ KRIS GREEN AND DANIEL KILKELLY (8 May 2010). "British Soap Awards 2010: The Winners". Digital Spy. Retrieved 12 March 2021.
  7. ^ "Stars flock to British Soap Awards". The Irish Examiner. 8 May 2010. Retrieved 12 March 2021.
  8. ^ "Doctors - Series 11 - Episode 230 Last Cut". The Radio Times. Retrieved 12 March 2021.
  9. ^ "Philip McGough". Stages of the Half Moon. Retrieved 12 March 2021.
  10. ^ J. C. Trewin (1979). "Shakespeare in Britain". Shakespeare Quarterly. Shakespeare Quarterly, Vol. 30, No. 2 (Spring, 1979), pp. 151-158 (8 pages), Published By: Oxford University Press, 30 (2): 151–158. doi:10.2307/2869289. JSTOR 2869289.
  11. ^ "ROYAL SHAKESPEARE COMPANY 1975-1979". THEATRICALIA. Retrieved 12 March 2021.
  12. ^ London Theatre Record Volume 5. 1985. p. 68.
  13. ^ Tony Grant (25 February 2014). "TRAIL OF THE UNEXPECTED: ALL LITERARY ROADS LEAD TO ROME". The Independent. Archived from the original on 2022-05-26. Retrieved 12 March 2021.
  14. ^ Debis Gifford (April 2016). British Film Catalogue Two Volume Set - The Fiction Film/The Non-Fiction Film. p. 14041. ISBN 9781579581718.
  15. ^ James Leggot (28 June 2021). The North East of England on Film and Television. p. 79. ISBN 9783030691462.
  16. ^ "Ends and Means (1983)". British Film Institute. Retrieved 4 March 2023.

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