Philip Glenister Wife::Philip Haywood Glenister is an English actor who is most known for his appearances as DCI William Bell in the State of Play, DCI Gene Hunt in the BBC series Life on Mars and its sequel Ashes to Ashes, and Reverend Anderson in Outcast. He was born in London, England, and grew up in the suburbs of London.
Glenister was born in Harrow, Middlesex, and grew up in the Hatch End neighborhood of the city. In addition to being the son of filmmaker John Glenister and his wife Joan Glenister, he is also the younger brother of actor Robert Glenister.
From his mother’s side, he descends from Welsh ancestors. With the support of his then-sister-in-law Amanda Redman, he decided to pursue acting and enrolled in drama school at the Central School of Speech and Drama (now known as Central School of Speech and Drama).
Glenister had guest appearances on a number of television shows during the early 1990s, including Minder, The Ruth Rendell Mysteries, Heartbeat, The Chief, Dressing for Breakfast, and Silent Witness. In 1997, he starred as Richard Sharpe’s half-brother Matt Truman in the television series Sharpe’s Justice. In the 1998 miniseries Vanity Fair, he played the role of William Dobbin.
Glenister appeared in the television series Roger Roger, where he played a minicab driver who dreams of being a rock star from 1998 to 1999. He also appeared in the first three seasons of Clocking Off, which aired from 2000 to 2002, when he played manufacturing owner Mack Mackintosh. In 2001, he participated in two episodes of the Hornblower television series as Gunner Hobbs, Horatio’s nemesis.
Calendar Girls, a 2003 feature film in which Glenister played a photographer who took nude images for a Women’s Institute fundraising calendar, was a critical success.
 He also made an appearance in the miniseries State of Play, which aired in 2003.
Glenister portrayed Baron Heinrich von Rheingarten, the German commandant of the Channel Islands during World War II, in the 2004 miniseries Island at War, which was based on the Occupation of the Channel Islands during World War II.
Glenister appeared on CBeebies, the BBC’s children’s television program, in April 2006 to read the Bedtime Story. In February/March of 2007, he returned to the position.
The BBC costume drama Cranford, in which Glenister appeared alongside Judi Dench and Francesca Annis, was shown in 2007. Mr. Carter is a social reformer who also happens to be an estate manager.
In addition to his part as DCI Gene Hunt in Life on Mars (2006–07), in which he co-starred with John Simm as Sam Tyler, Glenister is also recognized for his role as Alex Drake in Ashes to Ashes (2008–10), in which he co-starred with Keeley Hawes as Alex Drake. Glenister has collaborated with Simm on the films State of Play and Clocking Off, as well as the 2008 crime picture Tuesday. Glenister made light of the fact that he and Simm were contractually obligated to collaborate once a year when the film’s announcement was first made.
Demons, a 2009 ITV drama starring Glenister, followed the adventures of demon hunter Rupert Galvin. He played the role with an American accent, which drew some criticism from the critics at the time. Following the cancellation of the series, he stated that he had difficulties with the character and that he believed he had been miscast.