Vincent Franklin

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Vincent Franklin
Vincent Warren Franklin

(1966-11-03) 3 November 1966 (age 54)
Alma mater Bristol Old Vic Theatre School
Years active1995–present

Vincent Warren Franklin (born 3 November 1966) is an English actor from Haworth, Keighley, Bradford, West Yorkshire, England. [1] [2] [3] He is best known for his roles in comedy television programmes. He has appeared in a number of feature films including the Mike Leigh films Topsy-Turvy (1999), Vera Drake (2004) and Mr Turner (2014), and the 2006 films Confetti and The Illusionist , as well as The Bourne Identity (2002). In 2018, he played the role of Mike Travis in the BBC television series Bodyguard.


Early life

Franklin was born in Haworth, and was raised there until the age of 9 when his family moved to Kilnsea, East Riding of Yorkshire. A couple of years later they moved back to the City of Bradford when Franklin was 11. [1] [2] Franklin was educated at Bradford Grammar School. [4] [5] Franklin studied from 1988 to 1990 at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. [6]


Franklin has had roles in many TV series including Five Days , Doc Martin , Being Human , Grandma's House , Happy Valley as DSI Andy Shepherd, as Rowan the trainer in The Office , Nick Jowett in Twenty Twelve , [7] PR guru Stewart Pearson in The Thick Of It , Henry Best in Cucumber and Prendergast in the BBC 2017 adaptation of the Evelyn Waugh novel Decline and Fall . [8] He portrayed Christopher Drawlight in the 2015 BBC production of Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell. [9]

He is also a founder of the communications consultancy, Quietroom. [10]

Personal life

Franklin is a Bradford City A.F.C. fan. [4] [11]



1997The WoodlandersStable Lad
1999 Topsy-Turvy Rutland Barrington
2001 From Hell George Lusk
2002 The Bourne Identity Rawlins
2004 Vera Drake Mr. Lewis
2006 The Illusionist Loschek
2006 Confetti Archie
2009 Bright Star Dr. Bree
2013National Theatre Live: This HouseMichael Cocks
2014 Mr. Turner Gentleman Critics
2014The Riot ClubPorter
2018 Peterloo Magistrate Rev Ethelston
2018 Nativity Rocks! Lord Mayor
2019 Yesterday Brian


1995–2007 The Bill Merv Patterson / Hotel Manager2 episodes
1996 Sharman BarmanSeason 1, Episode 3
1998 Kavanagh QC Alan SheedyEpisode: "Dead Reckoning"
Berkeley Square Reverend WilkesEpisode: "Pretty Maids All in a Row"
Alexei Sayle's Merry-Go-Round VariousSeason 1, Episode 6
2000–2004 Casualty Ken Driscoll/Tony Fleming2 episodes
2001 People Like Us Episode: "The Mother"
The Office RowanEpisode: "Training"
The Infinite Worlds of H.G. Wells War Minister6 episodes
2002–2003 Sir Gadabout: The Worst Knight in the Land Sir Rancid20 episodes
2004 Wild West Priggish ManEpisode: "Angela Learns to Drive"
The Worst Week of My Life DoctorEpisode: "Friday"
EastEnders Carl1 episode
2004–2017 Doc Martin Chris Parsons5 episodes
2005 Casanova Nobleman 2Season 1, Episode 1
Hustle Nigel HenneyEpisode: "Gold Mine"
2006 The Virgin Queen Thomas PhelippesSeason 1, Episode 2
Holby City Kevin GilbertEpisode: "Let It Shine"
2007 Five Days Rawdon Hull4 episodes
Doctors Pete ThorneEpisode: "Out of Control"
The Life and Times of Vivienne Vyle GrahamSeason 1, Episode 3
Lead Balloon BarryEpisode: "Debacle"
Oliver Twist Mr Limbkins2 episodes
2007–2012 The Thick of It Stewart Pearson10 episodes
2008 Never Better JoshEpisode: "God"
Fairy Tales RalfEpisode: "The Empress's New Clothes"
2010 Being Human RossEpisode: "Educating Creature"
2011–2012 Twenty Twelve Nick Jowett12 episodes
2012 Grandma's House Uncle Barry2 episodes
2013 The Wrong Mans Sergeant InceEpisode: "The Wrong Mans"
2015 Banana Henry Best4 episodes
Cucumber Henry Best8 episodes
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell Drawlight7 episodes
2016 Happy Valley Andy Shepherd6 episodes
BBC Comedy FeedsMarshallEpisode: "Fail"
2017 Urban Myths AlexanderEpisode: "Hitler the Artist"
Decline and Fall Prendergast3 episodes
2018 Bodyguard Mike Travis6 episodes
2019 Gentleman Jack Christopher Rawson5 episodes
2019 Midsomer Murders Artie BlytheEpisode "With Baited Breath"

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