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Post  SaintMike on Mon 20 Jun 2011, 9:51 am

Those of us who watch television's Waterloo Road will be well acquainted with Grantly Budgen, the teacher well known for his cynical views on the teaching profession.

I am sure you will be pleased to know that Philip/Grantly has agreed to come on Southampton World and answer questions from anyone interested.

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What Wikipedia says about him....

Philip Martin Brown (born 9 July 1956) is an English actor, born in Manchester. He attended Barrow-in-Furness Grammar School for Boys, where his favourite subject was English. At the end of his fifth year at the School, Brown was asked to leave the school, later stating that he was a 'dreadful troublemaker'.
Brown has starred in many TV shows and movies in a career that has spanned nearly 4 decades. Brown first appeared on UK television screens playing the role of 'Sam Potter' in 'A Horseman Riding By' (1978).
He is perhaps best known for his role as Grantly Budgen in the television series Waterloo Road. One of the most frequently appearing characters, Brown has appeared in nearly 60 episodes of the series. He has also worked on The Professionals, The Bill, where he appeared in 10 episodes as Seth Mercer, and has made appearances on many other British dramas, including Heartbeat, Midsomer Murders, Hetty Wainthropp Investigates, New Tricks and Doctors.
His most prominent role in a drama before Waterloo Road was his portrayal of Eddie Vincent in Casualty, where he starred in 17 episodes between 2002 and 2003. He also played John Adams in the film The Bounty. he also appeared in Sharpes Justice in 1995.
He lives in Paddock Wood, Kent with his wife Pip. They have two children, Jodie and Rupert. In 2010, Brown was nominated for Best Actor prize in the 2010 TV Choice Awards. When not acting, Brown works as a supply teacher at Mascalls School in Paddock Wood.

Please leave messages and questions for Philip on this thread..........I should perhaps warn you that he has a habit of switching around letters in his words so you may have to work out what he is saying!! Shocked

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Post  SaintMike on Mon 20 Jun 2011, 10:02 am

What the BBC says about PMB.....

Philip's acting career has spanned nearly four decades with his TV credits including The Professionals, The Bill, Heartbeat, Midsomer Murders, New Tricks, Doctors and Casualty. He is married with two children and is a huge Manchester United Fan.

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And what the BBC says about Grantly Budgen....

A relic of the English department, and nearing retirement age, Grantly has had many years to perfect his cynical disenchantment with the teaching profession. He’s slightly scruffy, tired and lacks conviction about anything - especially since he failed to write the novel he’s always believed he had in him. He’s sarcastic, but is often witty with it, and his asides in the staff room often prompt a giggle from his colleagues - many of whom have a soft spot for him.

The only love in his life is his wife, Fleur, who he adores. He has old-fashioned values and believes marriage should be forever – and after a little blip in the marriage in series four, Grantly and Fleur realised they couldn’t be without each other. Grantly was heartbroken when Fleur was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in series six and tried to care for her whilst hiding his living situation from his colleagues. When Steph returned to Waterloo Road, she finally persuaded Grantly that the kindest thing he could do for Fleur was to put her in a care home.

Partial to a drink and a flutter on the horses, Grantly wants an easy life and thinks school is a much nicer place when the kids aren’t there.

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Post  Bob's your Uncle on Mon 20 Jun 2011, 10:52 am

Fantastic to see you here PMB. Disappointed to see you have no taste and support Man United but hope Saints will be back up with you in the top flight soon. The two teams have had some great clashes in the past.

Have you any memories of Southampton you can tell us about or have you never been down our way?
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Post  Jillyanne on Mon 20 Jun 2011, 11:05 am

welcome Terrific to see you here, I try never to miss Waterloo Road.

You surprised me a few months ago when I saw you doing a dance routine for Comic Relief. You are an accomplished dancer, have you received dance training or worked as a dancer?

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Post  North End Mam on Mon 20 Jun 2011, 11:12 am

Waterloo Road is great entertainment although the storylines can be a little far-fetched sometimes, you might agree. Are there any amusing behind-the-scenes stories or bloomers you can tell us about please?
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Post  Owen D Saints on Mon 20 Jun 2011, 11:17 am

hi

The acting when Fleur had to go into care was absolutely great, you deserved an award for that. What memories do you have of those scenes?
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Post  Bantly Grudgen on Mon 20 Jun 2011, 12:31 pm

Hi, I'll be on the case within 48 hours
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Post  saint_lambden on Mon 20 Jun 2011, 5:10 pm

Hi Phil, great fan of Waterloo Road and the drama involved every week.

Do you think it is important that scenes/events on programmes like Eastenders and Waterloo Road, examples being the Ronnie Mitchell 'baby snatch' storyline and Denzil's daredevil stunts recently, are broadcasted on TV as they create debate and controversy?

Football related ones - do you see United often or does your work restrict you? Do you think the club will be as successful after Sir Alex leaves or will it take time for a similar level of success to be obtained? Are you as concerned as other United fans about the Glazers and the huge debt that is rising at the club through their spending?

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Post  another fine mess on Tue 21 Jun 2011, 1:50 am

The Waterloo Road series has thrown up many memorable characters over the years........which actors and actresses were the 'characters' behind the scenes? Who were the jokers/pranksters? Who were the serious joes?

Which actors and actresses have you been closest friends with?

Did you, or any of the others, have superstitions you can tell us about please?
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Post  another fine mess on Tue 21 Jun 2011, 1:54 am

Apparently this was you as John Adams in 'The Bounty'. You have changed a lot!! Was it a wig?

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Post  another fine mess on Tue 21 Jun 2011, 2:02 am

Who do you think is the dishiest actress you have worked with?
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Post  another fine mess on Tue 21 Jun 2011, 2:05 am

Of the many young actors and actresses who played pupils at Waterloo Road, who would you say showed most promise and are likely to have a successful acting career ahead of them?
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Post  another fine mess on Tue 21 Jun 2011, 2:10 am

How do you think Waterloo Road compares to earlier school series such as Grange Hill?


Sorry that's rather a lot of questions.
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Post  half pint on Tue 21 Jun 2011, 10:21 am

hello Philip!!

I think you are great in Waterloo Road. I have googled you and see that, apart from the programmes mentioned above, you have also featured in Coronation Street and Juliet Bravo.

I used to follow Heartbeat, Casualty, Juliet Bravo and Coronation Street regularly. Can you tell us a little about your roles in those series please.......and, if possible, an amusing story about your time in them! Thanks.
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Post  half pint on Tue 21 Jun 2011, 10:54 am

I can never get the hang of it, but if you are cleverer than me, could you please put some more photos on here for us?
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Post  play it again sam on Tue 21 Jun 2011, 10:58 am

hello
You have played in many different series over the years, which have you enjoyed most? Which roles are you proudest of? (And are there any you are perhaps just a little embarrassed about?)
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Post  SaintsChick on Tue 21 Jun 2011, 11:06 am

Hi,

Answer these so we can see what makes you tick?

1. Do you have a wife and children? What are their names?

2 If you had not become a famous actor what job would you have liked to do?

3 What hobbies do you pursue?

4 What car do you drive?

5 What would be your ideal car to drive?

6 What sort of music do you listen to?

7 Who are your favourite singers/groups (past or present)?

8 What are or were your favourite TV programmes?

9 What are your favourite films?

10. What are your favourite plays?

11. What are your favourite books?

12 Who is your favourite actor?

13 Who is your favourite actress?

14 Who is your favourite comedian /funnyman?

15 Do you have any pets?

16 What is your favourite meal?

17 What is your favourite drink?

18 Is there anything you regret not having done in your life so far and do you have any ambitions you hope to fulfil?
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Post  get stuck in on Tue 21 Jun 2011, 11:18 am

Hi THERE,
Danny Wallace was one of my Saints heroes and I was heartbroken when he left for Old Trafford.... Sad ..... Did you see him play for Man United?
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Post  Hot Cross Ben on Tue 21 Jun 2011, 2:38 pm

Owen D Saints wrote: hi

The acting when Fleur had to go into care was absolutely great, you deserved an award for that. What memories do you have of those scenes?

Was it for that story line that you were nominated for the Best Actor Award last year?
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Post  Give it some Welly on Tue 21 Jun 2011, 3:02 pm

Wiki says you had to leave school because you were a troublemaker.......please tell us what you had been up to!! Did your parents take it ok or were you in the doghouse at home too?
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Post  DellBoy on Tue 21 Jun 2011, 3:06 pm

Hi there. Are there any games between Manchester United and Saints that you remember seeing?
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Post  SaintRobbie on Tue 21 Jun 2011, 4:05 pm

Hi Philip. Thanks for honouring us.

Do you have anything apart from Waterloo Road in the pipeline at the moment? Anything else we can see you in?
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Post  GROUCHO on Tue 21 Jun 2011, 4:25 pm

Hi Philip and welcome from me too.

Are your wife and children in acting too? Or what do they do?

Do you go over with your family what has been going on in the studio or do you switch off when you're at home? Are they fans or critics of your work??
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Post  Bantly Grudgen on Tue 21 Jun 2011, 5:26 pm

Bob's your Uncle wrote:Fantastic to see you here PMB. Disappointed to see you have no taste and support Man United but hope Saints will be back up with you in the top flight soon. The two teams have had some great clashes in the past.

Have you any memories of Southampton you can tell us about or have you never been down our way?

hi , I beg to differ on the matter of taste ! I too hope to see "The Saints" back where they belong . I remember watching the FA cup final when you pulled off a shock result against us . Still getting over it ! I once did a series for the Beeb which was shot in and around Soton . "The Chain" I think it was called . I brought my son to your fair city to look around the Uni but ( hock shorror ) he chose Pompey !
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Post  Bantly Grudgen on Tue 21 Jun 2011, 5:38 pm

Jillyanne wrote: welcome Terrific to see you here, I try never to miss Waterloo Road.

You surprised me a few months ago when I saw you doing a dance routine for Comic Relief. You are an accomplished dancer, have you received dance training or worked as a dancer?

I found this picture:
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hi Jillyanne , I surprised myself a few months ago when I agreed to do "Let's Dance" for Comic Relief . I don't think I've ever been so nervous . Breakdancing LIVE in front of 8,000,000 people ! No , no formal training at all - just a misspent youth . I spent alot of my teenage years in Northern soul discos . If you fancy it then you and all the members of this site can follow me on twitter ( PhilipMartinB )
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