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Peter Firth

Peter Firth

Oct. 27th, 1953
Born in
Bradford, Yorkshire, England, UK
5' 9

Peter Firth's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Spooks (UK) TV Show
Spooks (UK)
Victoria TV Show
World Without End TV Show
World Without End
Dickensian (UK) TV Show
Dickensian (UK)
Mayday TV Show
South Riding (UK) TV Show
South Riding (UK)
Here Come the Double Deckers (UK) TV Show
Here Come the Double Deckers (UK)
That's Life TV Show
That's Life
The Battle for Rome TV Show
The Battle for Rome
And the Beat Goes On (UK) TV Show
And the Beat Goes On (UK)
Holding On (UK) TV Show
Holding On (UK)
Resort to Murder (UK) TV Show
Resort to Murder (UK)
The Broker's Man (UK) TV Show
The Broker's Man (UK)
The Flaxton Boys (UK) TV Show
The Flaxton Boys (UK)
Tickets For The Titanic (UK) TV Show
Tickets For The Titanic (UK)

Main Movie Roles

Guest TV Roles

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Peter Macintosh Firth is an English actor. He is best known for his role as Sir Harry Pearce in the BBC One show Spooks. He has also appeared in MI-5, South Riding, World Without End and Dickensian.
Along with his film career, Firth has continued to appear in various television productions, with several notable credits in various high-profile dramas. He starred in two science-fiction episodes of the BBC's Play for Today anthology series as the eponymous time-traveller in the romantic The Flipside of Dominick Hide (1980), and its sequel, Another Flip for Dominick (1982). Firth also had a starring role in Tales Of The Unexpected in 1981. In 1994, in the Fourth Series of Heartbeat, he played Dr. Radcliffe who partnered with Dr. Rowan (Niamh Cusack) in Whitby. He also portrayed the Emperor Vespasian in "The Jewish Revolt" episode of the BBC series Ancient Rome: The Rise and Fall of an Empire.
For many years he had played a primary role as senior MI5 officer Harry Pearce in the BBC's popular spy drama series Spooks (2002–2011), and played Fred Hoyle in Hawking, a BBC dramatisation of the early career of Stephen Hawking. He was also Snaith in the three-part series South Riding in 2011. Firth has also appeared on American and Canadian television, on programmes such as Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and Total Recall 2070, as well as in television films such as The Incident starring Walter Matthau.
In 2014, Firth played the part of the character Adrian Rawlins in Undeniable, a two-part series made for the ITV network. In 2015 he played Jacob Marley in four episodes of the BBC television series Dickensian.
In 2016, Firth played the part of Ernest Augustus, Duke of Cumberland and King of Hanover in ITV's drama series Victoria.

  • He was nearly cast in the title role in _Caligola (1979)_ (qv), but was filming _Equus (1977)_ (qv) at the time.
  • He has one sister.
  • (1977) Listed as one of twelve "Promising New Actors of 1977" in John Willis' Screen World, Vol. 29.
  • Twice divorced father of four children.
  • Received an Honorary Doctorate of Letters for his film and television work from the University of Bradford on 17 July 2009.
  • Replaced 'Tim Curry (I)' (qv) in the role of Mozart in the Broadway run of 'Peter Shaffer' (qv) 's play "Amadeus" in 1981, with 'Ian McKellen' (qv) as Salieri.
  • Peter admits that he initially became interested in acting because he liked a girl who was apart of a local theater group, and joined to impress her!
  • Firth and 'Simon Callow' (qv) were initially considered for the lead roles in "The Romans in Britain." However, filming schedules meant that both actors were unavailable.

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