A native of Belgrade, MT, actor Philip Winchester culled professional inspiration from his father, who took acting courses at Montana State University and whom young Philip would often watch from backstage. Winchester similarly found his roots on the stage; though he officially debuted onscreen in his teenage years, opposite Steven Seagal in the 1998 action yarn The Patriot, his true passion and gifts lay in theater, and he had his future virtually cut out for him. With marvelous dramatic instincts, he both applied and was accepted to the exclusive London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) in Great Britain. The young thespian then wowed critics with astonishing portrayals in such productions as The Master and Margarita, Blood Wedding, and The Crucible before moving onto an exciting (if slightly less classicist) film career with supporting roles in such productions as the family-oriented sci-fi yarn Thunderbirds (2004) (a live-action cinematization of the puppet show series from Britain) and the World War I-era period adventure Flyboys (2006). Winchester signed for his major Hollywood lead as an amnesiac who may be guilty of murder in Allen Wolf's mind-bending thriller In My Sleep.
Biography by Nathan Southern
- Made his film debut in 1998's The Patriot, starring Steven Seagal.
- Lived in London for six years after high school; has British citizenship.
- Was originally cast as the lead in the WB sitcom Commando Nanny, but was replaced after he broke his foot; the series was canceled before it ever aired.
- Chooses roles that do not conflict with his Christian principles.