Phil Redmond

Sir Philip Redmond CBE (born 10 June 1949) is an English television producer and screenwriter from Huyton, England. He is known for creating the television series Grange Hill, Brookside and Hollyoaks.[3]

Phil Redmond

Redmond in 2008
Born10 June 1949 (1949-06-10) (age 73)[1]
Huyton, Lancashire, England
OccupationTelevision producer, screenwriter
Alma materUniversity of Liverpool
Notable worksGrange Hill (BBC, 1978–2008)
Brookside (Channel 4, 1982–2003)
Hollyoaks (Channel 4, since 1995)
The Courtroom (Channel 4, 2004)
SpouseAlexis Redmond[2]

Early life

Redmond took the 11-plus and passed, but attended St Kevin's RC School in Northwood, Kirkby (it became All Saints Catholic High School, Kirkby).[4] His mother was a cleaner and his father was a bus driver.

He left school with four O-levels and one A-level and trained to become a quantity surveyor. He studied Sociology at the University of Liverpool.[5]


Redmond wrote episodes for the ITV sitcom Doctor in Charge and children's series The Kids from 47A.[5] He became well known for creating several popular television series such as Grange Hill (BBC One, 1978–2008), for which he based his first ideas on his time at St Kevin's, Brookside (Channel 4, 1982–2003), Rownd a Rownd (S4C 1995—) and Hollyoaks (Channel 4, 1995—). For over twenty years he also ran his own independent production company, Mersey Television, before selling off the company in 2005. Redmond also created the daytime legal drama, The Courtroom, which was cancelled after 38 episodes.

In 2013, Redmond's autobiography Mid-Term Report was published. He released his first novel, Highbridge, in 2016.[6]


Redmond is an Ambassador Fellow at Liverpool John Moores University.[7]

In November 2010 he was awarded the Honorary degree of Doctor of Letters (D.Litt) from the University of Chester.[8] [9]

He is Chair of National Museums Liverpool and of the UK City of Culture Independent Advisory Panel.[10]

In February 2012, Redmond declared an interest in running for the role of Elected Mayor of Liverpool.[11]

Appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2004 Birthday Honours for services to drama,[12] he was knighted in the 2020 Birthday Honours for services to broadcasting and arts in the regions.[13][3]


  1. Researcha
  2. Interview with The Guardian
  3. "Birthday Honours 2020: Marcus Rashford and Joe Wicks honoured alongside key workers". BBC News. 10 October 2020. Retrieved 10 October 2020.
  4. Guardian January 2016
  5. "Phil Redmond: Grange Hill creator given knighthood". BBC News. 9 October 2020. Retrieved 10 October 2020.
  6. "Highbridge by Phil Redmond review – drugland drama from the creator of Hollyoaks". The Guardian. 14 January 2016. Retrieved 10 October 2020.
  7. "Ambassador Fellow, Phil Redmond, receives Freedom of Liverpool". Liverpool John Moores University. Retrieved 10 October 2020.
  8. "Brookside veterans Phil Redmond and Sue Johnston reunited at graduation". 5 November 2010. Retrieved 9 January 2011.
  9. "Honorary Graduates 2010". 18 March 2019.
  10. "Phil Redmond: 'I was a Marxist - strongly opposed to inheritance tax'". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 8 February 2016.
  11. "Brookside Creator Enters Liverpool Mayor Race". 11 February 2012. Archived from the original on 18 March 2012. Retrieved 11 February 2012.
  12. "Phil Redmond CBE". London Screenwriters' Festival. Retrieved 10 October 2020.
  13. "No. 63135". The London Gazette (Supplement). 10 October 2020. p. B2.

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