Colin McPhillamy trained as an actor at the Central School of Speech and Drama. Since then he has acted, directed, produced, written, and taught.
McPhillamy’s first professional engagement was at the well known but remote Little Theatre on the Isle of Mull in The Hebrides where he performed a one-man version Henry V. He also toured this mini-Shakespearean production in Britain, the USA, and Australia.
In the UK, he was a member of the Chichester Festival Theatre company, The Old Vic (under Jonathan Miller), and The Royal National Theatre (under Richard Eyre). He has worked extensively regionally, in The West End and on television in the UK.
In the USA he has appeared on Broadway in Waiting in the Wings (where he played opposite Lauren Bacall and Rosemary Harris), in Brian Bedford’s acclaimed production of The Importance of Being Earnest, Off-Broadway, and at major regional theaters including; The Guthrie in Minneapolis, The Mark Taper in Los Angles, The Alley in Houston among others.
He has made festival and touring appearances in Australia, and joined the Sydney Theatre Company for Michael Blakemore’s production of Democracy.
McPhillamy says: “For me, becoming an actor was a matter of karmic necessity.”
He also says: “I invite you to follow this blog. It’s a low-impact way to stay in touch.”
One time an efficient stage manager said
“I want you to drill these lines! Drill them, drill them, drill them!”
McPhillamy said, “If I had wanted drill I would have joined the army, but I wanted to play. That’s why I became an actor.”
He was a regular contributor to BBC Radio of plays and short stories including two series of the financial caper comedy Capital Gains starring Peter Jones. His work was nominated for The Prix Italia and The Writer’s Guild Comedy Award, and published as The Tree House and Other Stories. In 2013 he published An Actor Walks into China.
McPhillamy has guest lectured, taught and directed at The Central School of Speech and Drama, London University (Westfield College), The University of San Diego, and Peking University. He has directed on the London fringe, and produced small-scale tours in the UK, USA, and Australia.
In 2014 he began http://www.petitiontoroyalcentral.com hoping to achieve a change of policy in regard to pre-1992 graduates from his Alma Mater.