Phillip is one of Sydney’s busiest ‘voices’. With his flexibility as a performer and his impressive array of character voices, accents and his excellent straight reads, it’s no wonder he is constantly in demand in the fields of television, radio, documentaries, animation and the corporate arena. Phillip’s career spans over forty years. He began in professional radio at the age of fourteen and has been a working actor since 1960.
Phillip Hinton was born in the UK and grew up in Cape Town, South Africa, to where his family had emigrated in 1947. He began his stage career in South Africa, and then in 1963 returned to the UK where he worked in repertory and in musical comedy before joining the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1966.
His three years in the RSC included tours to the USSR and Finland with Paul Scofield’s ‘Macbeth’ and to France with ‘All’s Well that Ends Well’. There followed two seasons at the Chichester Festival Theatre under Sir John Clements, in ‘The Caucasian Chalk Circle’ and ‘The Alchemist’, the opening of the new Bristol Old Vic in the musical, ‘Trelawney’ and in London’s West End he was in the British cast of the Stephen Sondheim musical, ‘Company’. Phillip’s last appearance in London was in Michael Rudman’s acclaimed production of Jack Gelber’s, ‘The Connection’.
In the UK Phillip also worked extensively in TV drama – for the BBC in several popular series – ‘Softly, Softly’, ‘Z Cars’, ‘The Regiment’, ‘Colditz’, and ‘John Halifax, Gentleman’. He played the lead role opposite the late Rachel Roberts in ‘Party Piece’, and was featured in the popular series, ‘The Brontes of Haworth’, and in the action series, ‘The Protectors’, which starred Robert Vaughan.
Australian Theatre TV and Movies
In 1974 Phillip settled in Australia with his family. He has worked in the theatre in Sydney at Marian Street and the Old Tote Theatre and for the Melbourne Theatre Company as Iago in ‘Othello’ (1976). In ‘81 and ‘82 there was a national tour for the Elizabethan Theatre Trust in ‘A Lesson from Aloes’ by South African writer Athol Fugard. Phillip’s performance as Steve Daniels won critical acclaim in the nation’s press.
In 2002, Phillip returned to the stage, after a long break, as Marius Bezuidenhoudt in another Fugard classic, ‘The Road to Mecca’, for the Queensland Theatre Company, followed by a successful season in 2007 for the Merrigong Theatre Company as Buks and the Author in ‘Valley Song’.
In Australia he has made countless appearances in popular TV series – ‘Young Doctors’, ‘Bellamy’, ‘Skyways’, ‘A Country Practice’, and for the ABC in ‘Home Sweet Home’, ‘Learned Friends’, ‘Peach’s Explorers’, and ‘Flight into Hell’. He was featured in ‘Great Expectations, the Australian Story’, and as Admiral Lacoste in ‘The Rainbow Warrior Conspiracy’. He also spent two months as Alan Stone, the errant Deputy Head of Summer Bay High in ‘Home and Away’. In 1992 he was seen in a guest lead role as a corrupt doctor in ‘GP’. Phillip has had roles in ‘The Boys from the Bush’, ‘Dearest Enemy’, the children’s TV series, ‘Clowning Around’ and in ‘Police Rescue’, ‘Big Sky’, and ‘Blue Murder’. His film credits include ‘Caddie’, ‘Manganinnie’, and ‘Captives of Care’.
For US television Phillip has featured in ‘movies of the week’ – as Captain of the Achille Lauro in ‘The Hijacking of the Achille Lauro’, ‘The Flood’, ‘Irresistible Force’, ‘Heart of Fire’, ‘The Three Stooges’, ‘Desperate Journey’, and in the series, ‘Time Trax’, ‘Mission Impossible’, ‘Flipper’ and ‘Thornbirds – the Missing Years’.
In 2005 he appeared as Leonard Goldenson in the 2 hour ABC docu-drama ‘Dynasty, the Making of a Guilty Pleasure’.