Sam Phillips is a busy man with a career which can only be described as on the up, not only currently starring in the latest adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s Classic ‘From from the Madding Crowd’ with somebody called Michael Sheen and some girl called Carey Mulligan. But is also to be seen in the third season of the BBC’s hugely popular drama The Syndicate. The all new season is written by BAFTA winning writer Kay Mellor and will see Sam play the role of ‘Spencer’, stepson of ‘Lord Hazelwood’ (Anthony Andrews) and self-righteous heir to the once impressive, now debt ridden Hazelwood Manor. Phillips’ past work has included a heady mix of Stage, Screen and TV work from ‘Inherit the Wind’ with Kevin Spacey at the Old Vic to contemporary tale ‘Late Night Shopping‘ with Sienna Guillory to the Cult BBC3 drama ‘In the Flesh‘. Inbetween all this running around Sam managed to find the time to squeeze in a couple of questions from Clothes-Make-the-Man
What would be the name of your autobiography ?
I’ll Start Again On Monday
What’s your Favourite movie ever ?
Dead Man’s Shoes
If you could give your teenage self advice, what would it be ?
Stop being so lazy!
What track would always get you on the dance floor ?
‘I Want You Back’ by Jackson 5
Best present you’ve ever received ?
My Fender acoustic guitar on my 13th birthday.
Who’s the most famous person’s number in your phone ?
Kevin Spacey. We worked together at the Old Vic.
Favourite hotel in the world ?
The Banyan Tree in Bintan, Indonesia.
Getting a standing ovation when I was doing my first job in town. Can’t beat that feeling!
How do spent your free time ?
Eating out, going to the gym and watching films.
What piece of clothing best describes you ?
A pair of distressed jeans- sturdy, practical and a bit rough around the edges.
If you could give £1,000,000 to someone who would it be ?
www.arts-emergency.org. The arts need it right now.
Who would be your ideal diner guest ?
Jimmy Hendrix. I’d suggest we eat our food quickly so he could give me a guitar lesson and share his stories!
What piece of style advise do you live by ?
Never mismatch your socks.
What piece of clothing should everyman have in his wardrobe ?
A good pair of brogues.
Can you tie a bow tie ? If yes, who taught you ?
Yes. I was taught by a wardrobe mistress for a play I was in.
Who is your style icon ?
Tom Ford. He makes a fine suit.
If you could only wear one brand for the rest of your life who would it be ?
Acne. I love their Scandie style.
Sam is appearing in Far From the Madding Crowd in cinemas now and BBC’s The Syndicate 3 in June
Leading Image by Ben Johnson
Image From Far from the Madding Crowd by Alex Bailey