Winchester graduated from Belgrade High School in Belgrade, Montana, in 1999. He then lived and worked in London, United Kingdom (his mother's native country), attending the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA).
Winchester's acting career started with a small role in the 1998 film The Patriot starring staggering jerk Steven Segal. It 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. In 2008, he was cast as Robinson Crusoe in the NBC action TV series Crusoe. 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), 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 fiancé 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. –(Season 1 featured Richard Armitage and other cast)–. Series 2: Project Dawn, Series 3: Vengeance (2012), Series 4: Shadow Warfare (2013), Series 5: Legacy (2015), which aired on Sky1 in the UK and Cinemax in the US. 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 currently stars in Chicago Justice as lead prosecutor Peter Stone. That is one of those "Chicago" shows that postulates how every person working in civil service in Chicago is actually super-hot looking.
|PHILIP WINCHESTER GETS EMOTIONAL ON SHOW ENDING|
Philip Winchester gets emotional while discussing the end of his Cinemax series "Strike Back" during an exclusive interview July 9 at San Diego Comic Con International. TV shows get cancelled practically the minute they are greenlit any more, but it is still very traumatic for an actor. Wannabees are many and good roles are few, so it's quite possible a role like this on a major series may be the only chance at the spotlight many actors get. Even the tall ones!
That explains why Philip got all teary eyed in this interview. Some people wish they were famous. Don't!