Meet The Cream Of British Crime Characters (And Me) On Saga Sapphire


A trio of top British character actors will be on board Saga Sapphire’s crime-themed cruise to the Baltic this May – and I will be joining them!

Philip Davis, Neil Stuke and Stephen Tompkinson will share the stories of their acting careers and reveal behind-the-scenes secrets of life in popular TV crime and police series.

There will also be a murder mystery evening onboard and a crime-story writing competition during the 16-night cruise.

I am very much looking forward to this adventure – the Baltic has proven itself to be one of my favourite cruise destinations and I am excited to get back and explore familiar ports, and one or two new ones! I am also looking forward to exploring a new ship! I hear good things about Saga Sapphire, so hopefully she keeps me smiling for the entire 16-nights!

Philip Davis

Phil Davis 29.05.2014

For some, Philip Davis will always be Chalky, the mod in the 1979 cult film Quadrophenia, or Whitechapel’s hard-bitten DS Miles, the man with a low tolerance of timewasters.

Philip, who was named by Daniel Day-Lewis as one of his greatest inspirations, has been a well-known face on British TV for four decades.

Before the cruise, guests can watch out for Philip in the new series of Poldark, in which he plays Ross’s lazy manservant Jud.

Stephen Tompkinson


Perhaps best known as Alan Banks in the ITV crime drama DCI Banks, which drew seven million viewers, Stephen will be joining a Question and Answer session on board Saga Sapphire.

There will be a chance to see film clips from his career. One of Stephen’s highlights was working with Dame Helen Mirren in the last series of Prime Suspect. He has also enjoyed comedy roles including Damien Day, the ambitious and unethical reporter, in Drop the Dead Donkey.

Stephen, a cricket fan, said if he wasn’t an actor he “wouldn’t mind travelling the world as a cricket commentator, enjoying endless summers”.

Neil Stuke


The twice BAFTA-nominated actor, who plays hard-as-nails Billy Lamb in the legal drama Silk, will be talking about his role in the popular series. He said: “You never know what Billy he is thinking, which is what I enjoy.”

Neil has starred in numerous crime series from Miss Marple, Midsomer Murders, The Bill, Silent Witness and A Touch of Frost, to name just a few.

The versatile actor has also has recently appeared in the London premiere of Bull at The Young Vic, a razor-sharp play about the fine line between office politics and playground bullying.

The Cruise

Saga Sapphire will be sailing for 16 nights, departing on May 6, 2015 from Southampton with ports of call at Ronne, Denmark; Stockholm, Sweden; Helsinki, Finland; St Petersburg (includes an overnight stay in port), Tallinn and Saaremma, Estonia; Riga, Latvia; Warnermunde, Germany; Ijmuiden, Holland.

You can view the itinerary in full on the Saga website.

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