Phillip Rhys

Phillip Rhys


6/14/1974, London, England, UK

Birth Name

Phillip Rhys


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Phillip was born on 14 June 1974 in South East London, England. He is the second of three boys. He lived in Paris for a year after graduating from Westminister College. Phillip returned to London to pursue a career in acting by studying at The Lee Strasberg Institute.…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Philip's favorite designer is Paul Smith.

    • Philip was at college with celebrity chef Jamie Oliver.

    • Philip grew up with Kate Moss.

    • Philip can speak French.

    • Plays which Rhys stared in include: August Strindberg's "Miss Julie", in London, UK, John Patrick Shanley's "The Dreamer Examines his Pillow", in Los Angeles, he also played John Buchanan Jr. in Tennessee Williams' "Summer and Smoke".

    • His grandmother, Janine Klotza, was one of France's Prima Ballerina's in the 1920s, performing all the major ballets in pre-WWII Europe, except Gisele, after whom she named her only daughter, Phillip's mother.

    • Rhys is a supporter of Crystal Palace FC.

    • Rhys has also been involved in various after school and non-profit organizations over the years, including volunteering for E.S.L. Educational Programs for Adults.

    • After graduating from Westminster College he spent a year living and working in Paris. He then returned to London to study acting at The Lee Strasberg Institute.

    • Philip received a SAG Ensemble Nomination for his portrayal of a young businessman named Reza Naiyeer who was to be married to Marie Warner, played by Laura Harris in the hit TV series '24'.

    • Phillip Rhys was born the second of three boys in South East London.

    • Rhys is 6'1" (1.85 m)

    • Phillip first gained a bit of fame after playing Protozoa on the Disney Channel's Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century, and Zenon: The Zequel. Both are made for TV movies.

  • Quotes

    • Philip: If you accept that acting is a business in LA, you're fine. It's just damn hard work, and you keep plugging away at it.

    • Philip: I love fashion, but I made lots of absurd mistakes as a teenager. I was obsessed by Dr Robert in The Blow Monkeys, so I'd wear these awful glasses and a cricket sweater. And during the Bros phase, I remember teaming Levi's 501 six sizes too large with Vivienne Westwood-style platform shoes. But the worst thing was my passion for Lacoste.

    • Philip Rhys: If I have to go bare-chested for a role I'll go to the gym for three weeks. But I hate all that narcissistic gym culture. I'm into yashtang yoga, which is a very LA thing, it really is good for the soul. But I'm not the fittest guy on the block.

    • Philip Rhys: (On 24) It was quite an ingenious decision for the producers to cast me because I'm actually European. My mother is French, and my father's family are originally from Malta. I grew up in South London - Purley to be exact. People in the States don't know if I'm English or Australian or American - which is great for casting. Characters actors do get the most interesting work and I think some of the better leading men, like Jude Law and Johnny Depp, realise that.