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Storylines featuring the Mitchell family dominated the soap opera throughout the 1990s, with Phil becoming a popular and long-running male protagonist into the 2000s and the 2010s.Mc Fadden temporarily left the series in late 2003 then returned in March 2005 for a short stint, before making a permanent return in October 2005.Infuriated by Phil's loyalty to Grant, Kathy reveals their recent tryst, leading to Phil confronting Grant and Grant's confession that he slept with Kathy as revenge for Phil's affair with Sharon.While trying to escape, Phil pulls out a gun and shoots at the dashboard, causing Grant to crash into the River Thames. Phil is unsupportive when his girlfriend, Lisa, has a miscarriage and he starts domestically abusing her by getting her sacked from her job and insists she stay at home.Phil and Grant make peace but things between them are not the same.Kathy and Phil eventually sort out their differences and marry and they have a son, Ben (Matthew Silver), making Phil feel neglected and depressed so he turns to alcohol and develops an addiction.He and Kathy reconcile when he attends counselling until he begins an affair with fellow alcoholic Lorna Cartwright (Janet Dibley), who starts stalking him.
He pressures Phil into blaming Sharon for their affair and Grant forces her to leave Walford.
Phil now has many enemies: Lisa; Steve, who also knows about Melanie and Phil's one night stand; Ian, who Phil bullies mercilessly; Mark, who wants to avenge Lisa; and Dan.
On Steve and Melanie's wedding night, Phil is shot and collapses in a pool of blood.
This makes him abusive and neglectful towards Kathy and Ben, so Kathy takes Ben and moves out.
Realising what he has lost, Phil gives up alcohol and attends Alcoholics Anonymous, which helps reveal the basis of his problem – the physical abuse he received from his father and his fear that he may abuse Ben.
Phil is one of the major introductions made by executive producer Michael Ferguson, who wanted to bring in some macho, male leads.