TV star Phil in Mansfield Panto role

Oh yes he is... Coronation Street and Waterloo Road actor Philip Martin Brown will be starring in this year’s Christmas pantomime Aladdin at Mansfield Palace Theatre.

Philip has starred in nine series of the BBC hit series Waterloo Road playing the irritable Grantly Budgen, one of the most commonly appearing and best loved characters in the show’s history.

Philip will be playing the role of Abanazar having enjoyed previous baddie roles as Fleshcreep and Captain Hook also for UK Productions. He said: “I’m really looking forward to coming to Mansfield this Christmas. I love doing panto, there’s no fooling the kids! If it’s a bad show they’ll let you know and if it’s great – apparently I’ll be deaf!”

Cultural Services Manager Andrew Tucker said, “It is really exciting to have a baddie that will be known by family audiences of young and old alike.

“We look forward to announcing who else will star in our panto to help spread the magic over Christmas”.

Philip has also worked on The Bill and has made appearances on many other British dramas, including Heartbeat, Midsomer Murders, New Tricks and Doctors. He recently played Steve McDonald’s therapist in Coronation Street.

Aladdin runs Saturday 28th November to Sunday 3rd January. Box office on 01623 633133 or book online.