Philip Winchester

Philip C. Winchester (born March 24, 1981) is an American actor. He is known for his roles in The Patriot, The Hi-Line, LD 50 Lethal Dose, Thunderbirds, CSI: Miami, King Lear, Strike Back, Flyboys, In My Sleep,[1] The Heart of the Earth and Shaking Dream Land. He is mostly known for his role as Peter Stone in Chicago Justice and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.

Philip Winchester
Winchester at the In My Sleep premiere in April 2010
Philip C. Winchester

(1981-03-24) March 24, 1981 (age 39)
EducationBelgrade High School
Alma materLondon Academy of Music and Dramatic Art
Years active1998–present
Spouse(s)Megan Coughlin

Life and careerEdit

Winchester graduated from Belgrade High School in Belgrade, Montana in 1999. He then lived and worked in London, England (his mother's home country),[2] and attended the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA).[3]


Winchester's acting career started with a small role in the 1998 film The Patriot, which was filmed in and around the towns of Bozeman and Ennis, Montana. After graduating from high school, he began to take roles in plays, including that of Edmund in King Lear opposite Ian McKellen, in the 2007 Royal Shakespeare Company production.

In 2003, he starred in the independent film The Telephone, which was filmed in Bristol and produced by Robert Finlay.[4] In 2008, he was cast as Robinson Crusoe in the NBC action TV series Crusoe.[5][6] In 2009, he was cast in Maneater, a two-part Lifetime miniseries starring Sarah Chalke.

Winchester has also appeared in the films In My Sleep (as the lead),[1] and Solomon Kane (as a former member of the title character's crew, turned freedom-fighter) and the Syfy TV mini-series Alice.

From 2010, he has played the role of Frank Stanton, parallel universe fiance of Olivia Dunham, in the Fox TV series Fringe. From 2011, he has appeared as Leontes in the Starz series Camelot. Other credits include the second, third, fourth and fifth seasons of Strike Back. The series follows the adventures of two Section 20 agents, Sgt. Michael Stonebridge (Winchester) and American former Delta Force officer Damien Scott (Sullivan Stapleton). He also starred with Wesley Snipes and Charity Wakefield in the NBC drama The Player. He also starred in Chicago Justice as lead prosecutor Peter Stone. This character then became the Assistant District Attorney (ADA) on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit during season 19 after the previous ADA Rafael Barba (Raúl Esparza) resigned. In March 2019, Winchester announced that he would be leaving SVU ahead of its twenty-first season, making season twenty his last on the show.[7]



Year Title Role Notes
1998 The Patriot Young militiaman
1999 The Hi-Line Cafe waiter
2003 LD 50 Lethal Dose Vaughn
2004 Thunderbirds Scott Tracy
2006 Shaking Dream Land Robert
2006 Flyboys William Jensen
2007 The Heart of the Earth Robert Coyle
2009 Solomon Kane Henry Telford
2010 In My Sleep Marcus
2016 Undrafted Fotch
2020 Rogue Joey Kasinski


Year Title Role Notes
2005 CSI: Miami Chris Allen Episode: "Urban Hellraisers"
2008–2009 Crusoe Robinson Crusoe 13 episodes
2008 King Lear Edmund Television film
2009 Maneater Aaron Mason 2 episodes
2009 Alice Jack Chase 2 episodes
2010–2011 Fringe Frank Stanton 4 episodes
2010 Warehouse 13 Marine/Cowboy/Gladiator/Mad scientist Episode: "Beyond Our Control"
2010 A Walk in My Shoes Marcus Television film
2011 Camelot Leontes 10 episodes
2011–2018 Strike Back Sgt. Michael Stonebridge 42 episodes
2014 24: Live Another Day Colonel Shaw 3 episodes
2015 The Player Alex Kane 9 episodes
2016–2017 Chicago P.D. A.S.A./A.D.A. Peter Stone 3 episodes
2017 Chicago Justice 13 episodes
2017 Chicago Med Episode: "Speak Your Truth"
2018–2019 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Main Cast 36 Episodes


  1. ^ a b "In My Sleep (2010): Movie Info and Reviews". Retrieved December 10, 2011.
  2. ^ "Crusoe's Philip Winchester Previews NBC's New Island Adventure - Today's News: Our Take". October 17, 2008. Retrieved December 10, 2011.
  3. ^ "Philip Winchester Biography". TVGuide. Retrieved December 10, 2011.
  4. ^ "About". Rob Finlay. Archived from the original on 2015-11-20. Retrieved 2012-07-10.
  5. ^ "NBC's Crusoe: Behind the Scenes in the Makeup Trailer". Retrieved August 12, 2008.
  6. ^ "Crusoe: Bios Philip Winchester". NBC. Retrieved August 12, 2008.
  7. ^ "Philip Winchester Leaving 'Law & Order: SVU' Ahead Of Historic 21st Season". Deadline Hollywood. March 29, 2019. Retrieved March 29, 2019.

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