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Peter Macintosh Firth (born 27 October 1953) is an English actor. He is best known for his role as Sir Harry Pearce
Harry Pearce
in the BBC One
BBC One
show Spooks; he is the only actor to have appeared in every episode of the show's ten-series lifespan. He has given myriad additional television and film performances, most notably as Alan Strang in Equus (1977), earning a Golden Globe
Golden Globe
and an Academy Award
Academy Award
nomination for the role.

Contents

1 Early career 2 Film 3 Television 4 Audiobooks 5 Personal life 6 Filmography 7 References 8 External links

Early career[edit] Firth was born in Bradford, West Riding of Yorkshire, England, the son of publicans Mavis (née Hudson) and Eric Macintosh Firth.[1] He attended Hanson School
Hanson School
in Bradford.[2] He was a leading child actor by the middle of 1970, having starred in the first series of The Flaxton Boys as Archie Weekes and in the series Here Come the Double Deckers, which featured child actors in the leading roles. Firth played Scooper, the leader of the gang. In July 1973 Firth appeared at Laurence Olivier's National Theatre,[3] starring in the stage version of Peter Shaffer's play Equus as a teenager being treated by a psychiatrist, and in October 1974 repeated the role in the Broadway production, receiving a Tony Award
Tony Award
nomination for his performance as Alan Strang. His first major role as an adult was the title part in a BBC Television Play of the Month adaptation of Oscar Wilde's novel The Picture of Dorian Gray (1976). The script was based on a stage adaptation by John Osborne, and also starred Jeremy Brett
Jeremy Brett
and John Gielgud. That same year saw the release of the World War I film Aces High which featured Firth as the inexperienced RFC pilot Lt. Stephen Croft. Firth played the lead role in the film adaptation of Henry Fielding's Joseph Andrews (1977). That same year he starred with Richard Burton in the film adaptation of Equus. The film was only a moderate box-office success, but earned Firth a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor and a Golden Globe
Golden Globe
award in the same category. Further film work quickly followed, most notably Roman Polanski's Tess (1979). In May 1981 he appeared on Broadway again in Peter Shaffer's Amadeus as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, replacing Tim Curry. Shaffer had offered him the role in the original London production, but he was unavailable due to film commitments. Film[edit] Other film work has included roles in Diamonds on Wheels (1973); When You Comin' Back, Red Ryder? (1979); Lifeforce (1985); Letter to Brezhnev (1985); Northanger Abbey (1986), playing Henry Tilney; The Hunt for Red October (1990); White Angel (1993), playing mild-mannered dentist Leslie Steckler; Amistad (1997); Mighty Joe Young (1998); Pearl Harbor (2001); and The Greatest Game Ever Played
The Greatest Game Ever Played
(2005), playing Lord Northcliffe. Television[edit] 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
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). 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
Vespasian
in "The Jewish Revolt" episode of the BBC
BBC
series Rome: The Rise and Fall of an Empire. For many years he had played a primary role as senior MI5
MI5
officer Harry Pearce
Harry Pearce
in the BBC's popular spy drama series Spooks (2002–2011), and played Fred Hoyle
Fred Hoyle
in Hawking, a BBC
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
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
Jacob Marley
in four episodes of the BBC
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. Audiobooks[edit] Firth is also a narrator of audiobooks. He has been responsible for performances reading Pat Barker's Regeneration, The Ghost Road and The Eye in the Door, Suspicion by Robert McCrum, Maurice by E. M. Forster, Brave New World
Brave New World
by Aldous Huxley, Sebastian Faulks' Birdsong and Thomas Hardy's Tess of the d'Urbervilles. Personal life[edit] Firth has been married three times and has four children; Rory Firth, from his first marriage, Amy, Alex and James Firth from his second. He married Alexandra Pigg on Christmas Eve 2017, the couple had briefly dated after they played a couple in Letter to Brezhnev. During an interview for BBC
BBC
Breakfast in April 2017 they explained that they met again in 2010 and have been in a relationship since then. On 17 July 2009 he was awarded an honorary degree by the University of Bradford
Bradford
as a Doctor of Letters
Doctor of Letters
for his services to acting, having been nominated by the School of Computing, Informatics & Media; he received his award during the school's degree ceremony.[4] Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes

1972 Daniel and Maria

1973 Diamonds on Wheels Robert 'Bobby' Stewart TV Movie

1975 King Arthur, the Young Warlord Corin

1976 Aces High Lt Stephen Croft

1976 Lady of Camellias, TheThe Lady of Camellias Armand

1977 Joseph Andrews Joseph Andrews

1977 Equus Alan Strang

Golden Globe
Golden Globe
Award for Best Supporting Actor - Motion Picture Kansas City Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor Nominated — Academy Award
Academy Award
for Best Supporting Actor

1979 When You Comin' Back, Red Ryder? Stephen Ryder

1979 Tess Angel Clare

1982 Fire and Sword Dinas

1984 Sword of the Valiant: The Legend of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight Sir Gawain Voice; Uncredited

1984 White Elephant Peter Davidson

1985 Lifeforce Col Colin Caine

1985 Letter to Brezhnev Peter

1986 State of Emergency, AA State of Emergency Dr Kenneth Parrish

1987 Born of Fire Paul Bergson

1988 Prisoner of Rio Clive Ingram

1989 Tree of Hands Terence

1989 Trouble in Paradise Adriaan

1990 Blood Royal: William the Conqueror William Rufus TV movie

1990 Hunt for Red October, TheThe Hunt for Red October Senior Lieutenant Ivan Putin

1990 Incident, TheThe Incident Geiger TV movie

1990 Burndown Jake Stern

1990 Rescuers Down Under, TheThe Rescuers Down Under Red Voice

1991 Prisoner of Honor Maj Henry

1992 Pleasure Principle, TheThe Pleasure Principle Dick

1993 El marido perfecto Franz

1993 Shadowlands Dr Craig

1994 White Angel Leslie Steckler

1995 An Awfully Big Adventure Bunny

1996 Merisairas 1st Officer Ronald Jensen

1997 Garden of Redemption, TheThe Garden of Redemption Nazi Commandant TV movie

1997 Marco Polo: The Missing Chapter Rusticello

1997 Gaston's War Major Smith

1997 Amistad Captain Fitzgerald

1998 Mighty Joe Young Garth

1999 Chill Factor Colonel Andrew Brynner

2000 Magicians, TheThe Magicians Simon Magus TV movie

2001 Pearl Harbor Capt. Mervyn Bennion

2002 - 2011 Spooks Harry Pearce

2005 Greatest Game Ever Played, TheThe Greatest Game Ever Played Lord Northcliffe

2006 Ancient Rome: The Rise and Fall of an Empire Vespasian

2010 World Without End Sir Roland

2013 Mayday Malcolm Spicer

2014 Undeniable Andrew Bolton

2015 Spooks: The Greater Good Harry Pearce

2015 - 2016 Dickensian Jacob Marley

2016 Risen Pontius

2016 Victoria Duke of Cumberland

2018 Strike Back Milos Borisovich

References[edit]

^ " Peter Firth
Peter Firth
Biography (1953–)". Film Reference Library. Retrieved 27 January 2012.  ^ "My Yorkshire: Peter Firth". The Yorkshire Post. 19 November 2010. Retrieved 3 August 2016.  ^ "National Theatre: 1970s". Rob Wilton Theatricalia. Retrieved 27 January 2012.  ^ "Honorary graduations at the University of Bradford". University of Bradford. Archived from the original on 23 July 2012. Retrieved 17 July 2009. 

External links[edit]

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Peter Firth
at AllMovie Peter Firth
Peter Firth
at the Internet Broadway Database
Internet Broadway Database
Peter Firth
Peter Firth
on IMDb

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Golden Globe
Golden Globe
Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture

Akim Tamiroff
Akim Tamiroff
(1943) Barry Fitzgerald
Barry Fitzgerald
(1944) J. Carrol Naish
J. Carrol Naish
(1945) Clifton Webb
Clifton Webb
(1946) Edmund Gwenn
Edmund Gwenn
(1947) Walter Huston
Walter Huston
(1948) James Whitmore
James Whitmore
(1949) Edmund Gwenn
Edmund Gwenn
(1950) Peter Ustinov
Peter Ustinov
(1951) Millard Mitchell
Millard Mitchell
(1952) Frank Sinatra
Frank Sinatra
(1953) Edmond O'Brien
Edmond O'Brien
(1954) Arthur Kennedy
Arthur Kennedy
(1955) Earl Holliman
Earl Holliman
(1956) Red Buttons
Red Buttons
(1957) Burl Ives
Burl Ives
(1958) Stephen Boyd
Stephen Boyd
(1959) Sal Mineo
Sal Mineo
(1960) George Chakiris
George Chakiris
(1961) Omar Sharif
Omar Sharif
(1962) John Huston
John Huston
(1963) Edmond O'Brien
Edmond O'Brien
(1964) Oskar Werner
Oskar Werner
(1965) Richard Attenborough
Richard Attenborough
(1966) Richard Attenborough
Richard Attenborough
(1967) Daniel Massey (1968) Gig Young
Gig Young
(1969) John Mills
John Mills
(1970) Ben Johnson (1971) Joel Grey
Joel Grey
(1972) John Houseman
John Houseman
(1973) Fred Astaire
Fred Astaire
(1974) Richard Benjamin
Richard Benjamin
(1975) Laurence Olivier
Laurence Olivier
(1976) Peter Firth
Peter Firth
(1977) John Hurt
John Hurt
(1978) Melvyn Douglas/ Robert Duvall
Robert Duvall
(1979) Timothy Hutton
Timothy Hutton
(1980) John Gielgud
John Gielgud
(1981) Louis Gossett Jr.
Louis Gossett Jr.
(1982) Jack Nicholson
Jack Nicholson
(1983) Haing S. Ngor
Haing S. Ngor
(1984) Klaus Maria Brandauer
Klaus Maria Brandauer
(1985) Tom Berenger
Tom Berenger
(1986) Sean Connery
Sean Connery
(1987) Martin Landau
Martin Landau
(1988) Denzel Washington
Denzel Washington
(1989) Bruce Davison
Bruce Davison
(1990) Jack Palance
Jack Palance
(1991) Gene Hackman
Gene Hackman
(1992) Tommy Lee Jones
Tommy Lee Jones
(1993) Martin Landau
Martin Landau
(1994) Brad Pitt
Brad Pitt
(1995) Edward Norton
Edward Norton
(1996) Burt Reynolds
Burt Reynolds
(1997) Ed Harris
Ed Harris
(1998) Tom Cruise
Tom Cruise
(1999) Benicio del Toro
Benicio del Toro
(2000) Jim Broadbent
Jim Broadbent
(2001) Chris Cooper
Chris Cooper
(2002) Tim Robbins
Tim Robbins
(2003) Clive Owen
Clive Owen
(2004) George Clooney
George Clooney
(2005) Eddie Murphy
Eddie Murphy
(2006) Javier Bardem
Javier Bardem
(2007) Heath Ledger
Heath Ledger
(2008) Christoph Waltz
Christoph Waltz
(2009) Christian Bale
Christian Bale
(2010) Christopher Plummer
Christopher Plummer
(2011) Christoph Waltz
Christoph Waltz
(2012) Jared Leto
Jared Leto
(2013) J. K. Simmons
J. K. Simmons
(2014) Sylvester Stallone
Sylvester Stallone
(2015) Aaron Taylor-Johnson
Aaron Taylor-Johnson
(2016) Sam Rockwell
Sam Rockwell
(2017)

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