Peter Sullivan Actor

Peter Sullivan

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Peter SullivanPeter Sullivan was born into a political family in Hertfordshire and initially it was assumed he would end up as a lawyer and politician. However, after making his stage debut at 4 in a local pantomime, he began acting and eventually joined the National Youth Theatre where he played Edmund in King Lear. He joined the Sylvia Young School and appeared in a number of plays in London including Barbarians at the Man in the Moon, Offshore Island at the Old Red Lion, in Macbeth at the Old Vic and in Terry Windsor's 60's inspired film Expresso Splasho with Tim Roth. Rejecting a place at Oxford to study PPE, he chose instead to go to the Central School of Speech and Drama and then to New York to study under Uta Hagen. He returned to England and worked in Chester and Manchester as George in Our Town, Lucio in Measure for Measure and Jonathon in Action Replay. He appeared on TV in Rough Justice and in a series then just starting on ITV, The Bill.

Restless at what he saw as the insularity of the British theatre, he went to Barcelona and joined the Catalan performance group La Fura Dels Baus. He toured the world with them twice over two years, working extensively on their new show Tier Mon as well as perforrming in the multi-award winning Trilogia that also included Suz/O/Suz and Accions. He was performing with them when the Berlin Wall fell in 1989.

He was asked by an old friend, Deborah Warner, to join her at the National Theatre and returned to appear in the world tour of King Lear and Richard III with Brian Cox and Sir Ian McKellen. He stayed at the National to play Federico in Napoli Millionaria and started the Actors Group at the Studio, where he first met Peter Gill. He worked with Peter Gill on his acclaimed revival of The Way of the World and then landed the lead in Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais' ITV sitcom Over The Rainbow. He starred as D.I. Ken Overton in two series of the BBC cop drama Backup and in two series of ITV's serial killer thriller Wire in the Blood. Back on stage, he appeared as Pentheus in Opera Factory's production of The Bacchae of Euripides and Peter Gill wrote the part of Tony for him in the now classic Certain Young Men at the Almeida Theatre. He has also appeared at the Almeida playing Jack the Ripper in Johnathon Kent's version of Lulu by Frank Wedekind and as Peder Mortensgard in Antony Page's revival of Rosmersholm with Helen McCrory.

He was nominated for the Evening Standard Best Newcomer Award for his portrayal of Ray in Simon Bennett's Drummers in the West End and has worked extensively at the Royal Court Theatre appearing in Marianne Elliott's Stoning Mary and as Cash in Dominic Cooke's version of Bruce Norris's The Pain and the Itch. He originated the role of Ferdinand in Tom Stoppard's muliti-award winning Rock n Roll which transferred to the West End and to Broadway as well as writing for the Royal Court's 50th anniversary book In and Out.

He returned to Spain to play Duncan McHale in Fernando Colomo's Goya winning movie El Effecto Mariposa and has appeared in films as diverse as The Jackal, Young Indiana Jones, Christy Mallory's Own Double Entry, Gypsy Woman, Out Of The Game, Monsieur N, Puritan and the Emmy and multi-award winning Conspiracy with Kenneth Branagh and Colin Firth.

On television he continues to consistently work with the best of UK and US talent in shows as diverse as Extras,The Thick of It, Nathan Barley, Spooks, Kavanagh QC, The IT Crowd, Heat of the Sun and Krod Mandoon and His Flaming Sword of Fire as well in TV films and mini-series such as State of Play, Sex Traffic, The Passion, Hancock and Joan, The Devil's Advocate, A Very Social Secretary and Lord of Misrule.

Recently he has fulfilled a lifelong dream by working with Garry Hinds as JPW in The Gigli Concert for Druid in Ireland and has returned to the National Theatre in David Hare's The Power of Yes and as Phil Cooper in Clifford Odet's Rocket to the Moon, both directed by Angus Jackson. He was reunited last year with Helen McCrory to play husband and wife in David Leveaux's revival of The Late Middle Classes at the Donmar and can be seen currently on Showtime original drama starring as Cardinal Ascanio Sforza in Neil Jordan's hit mini-series The Borgias along side Oscar winner Jeremy Irons.

In his spare time he works extensively in the voluntary sector and divides his time between London and Barcelona where he tinkers with motorcycles, lies around on beaches, sails, stares at the sea and writes unread novels and feature films.