Philip Glenister studied drama at the University of London's Central School of Speech and Drama. After graduating Glenister landed a number of roles in a variety of television programs, mainly crime and comedy shows like "The Ruth Rendell Mysteries", "Love Hurts", and "The Detectives". In 1995, he made his feature film debut in the soccer hooligan drama "I.D.". He's also appeared opposite Helen Mirren in the comedy "Calendar Girls" and in Woody Allen's "You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger". Glenister is best known, however, for his role as DCI Gene Hunt on the original "Life on Mars" and its spinoff, "Ashes to Ashes".