After drama school Anton Phillips began an acting career in Britain that broke many racial barriers, appearing as the first black actor in many TV series, including General Hospital, The Saint, The Bill, and becoming best known as a cast member of Space 1999.
His professional life has been dedicated to the promotion of black theatre and to that end Phillips started a number of projects that significantly changed the profile of black and Asian theatre in Britain. These included the Carib Theatre Company, the Black Theatre Season, and the Black Theatre Forum, companies that were responsible for giving opportunities to many black and Asian writers, actors and theatre technicians.
Under his direction, Carib Theatre's production of The Amen Corner by James Baldwin was the first black-produced and directed play to transfer to the West End of London, an important theatre area. He has directed in Germany, the Netherlands, and France. He has also managed a 60-strong company of singers, dancers, and musicians from South Africa on a touring tribute to Oliver Tambo that was presented at the Barbican Centre in London and atSalisbury Cathedral, England.
In addition to being an actor, director and producer, Anton Phillips has contributed to magazines and newspapers, usually writing about the state of black arts in the UK. He has also produced a film, the documentary Home Sweet Harlesden, a collection of interviews with the first Caribbean immigrants to Britain.