Philip QuastPhilip Quast began his career at the State Theatre Company of South Australia, having graduated from Australia's premiere drama school, NIDA (National Institute of Dramatic Arts), in 1979.
Philip Quast shot to prominence in 1987 as Javert in the original Australian production of Les Misérables in Sydney and New Zealand. His performance was so successful that in 1989 he traveled to London to play the same role on the West End stage and was chosen to sing on the international cast recording with the London Symphony Orchestra. He also joined the 'Dream Cast' as Javert in the Tenth Anniversary Concertat the Royal Albert Hall in October 1995.
Quast won an Olivier Award for his performance as George in Stephen Sondheim's Sunday in the Park with George at the Royal National Theatre in 1990.
In 1997 he appeared in the new musical The Fix at the Donmar Warehouse. His performance as the tortured Grahame Chandler earned him a second Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical.
He played Emile de Becque in South Pacific at the Royal National Theatre, directed by Trevor Nunn. His performance in the production has earned him a third Olivier Award, making him the first actor to receive three awards in this category.
In 2002 he accepted the invitation by Donmar Warehouse director Sam Mendes to take part in the "Divas at the Donmar" season. His critically-acclaimed performance was also recorded on CD.
From June 2006 to May 2007 Philip Quast played the role of Argentinian President Juan Perón in the revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Evita at the Adelphi Theatre (London) for which he was nominated to an Olivier Award.
2007-8 Quast played the role of Georges in the critically-acclaimed revival of La Cage aux Folles at the Menier Chocolate Factory, South London. He will rejoin La Cage aux Folles, as Georges, at the Playhouse Theatre from Monday 4 May 2009.
Philip Quast's TV credits include:
the mini-series Flight Into Hell (1985), Colour in the Creek (1986), Fields of Fire (1987), Cassidy (1989), Brides of Christ (1991), guest-star roles in A Country Practice (1984), Police Rescue (1991), Patrol Boat and a featured role as General Cornelius in the US mini-series Cleopatra (1999). He also played The Minister in the ABC's AFI Award-winning drama series, The Damnation of Harvey McHugh (1994).
In the UK he appeared in the television series All Good Friends and The Governor (1996, Series 2), an episode of the popular series Inspector Morse (1998) and as the former priest turned modern-day vampire-hunter, Pearse J Harman, in the sci-fi drama series Ultraviolet (1998). Latest TV credits in the UK include: Me and Mrs Jones (2002) and the Christmas episode of the series Midsomer Murders (2004), both with ITV, and most recently two guest appearances in the popular medical series Holby City and Silent Witness on BBC Television.
Philip Quast - what members say
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Philip Quast - filmography
Philip Quast facts
5 most recent filmsUltraviolet - 3.0 stars
5 highest-rated filmsUltraviolet - 3.0 stars
5 lowest-rated filmsUltraviolet - 3.0 stars
Most frequent co-starsJack Davenport - 1 times - show films
Idris Elba - 1 times - show films
Susannah Harker - 1 times - show films
Corin Redgrave - 1 times - show films
Most frequent directorsJoe Ahearne - 3 times - show films