With a stellar role as Tristan in the BBC series All Creatures Great and Small and an interstellar performance as the eponymous timelord in Doctor Who, Peter Davison has played some of the best loved characters in television drama and sci-fi.
Peter knew he wanted to be an actor from an early age, and after leaving school with only a few qualifications it seemed an even more appealing choice of career! He managed to gain a place on a course at the Central School of Speech and Drama and trained to become a professional actor.
His first television work was a cameo appearance in the BBC drama Warship, followed by a 1975 episode of the children's science fiction series The Tomorrow People, alongside American actress Sandra Dickinson, whom he married in 1978. That year he appeared for the first time as the youthfully mischievous Tristan Farnon in All Creatures Great and Small, a role that made him a household name. This ultimately brought him to the attention of Doctor Who producer John Nathan Turner, who was on the look out for an established television actor to replace Tom Baker. Peter first played the Doctor in April 1981 when he was thirty years old, making him the youngest actor to play the part (only beaten by Matt Smith in 2010); he remained as the popular timelord for three seasons (1981-1984).
After leaving Doctor Who, Peter went on to appear in a variety of other television roles, including Dr Stephen Daker, the central character in A Very Peculiar Practice (1986-1988), and a cow in Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy! He resumed his part as the Fifth Doctor in a variety of Big Finish audio plays, as well as the Children in Need special Dimensions in Time. He also appeared alongside Tenth Doctor David Tennant in the multi-Doctor mini-episode Time Crash. Peter reprised his role as Tristan Farnon in four more series of All Creatures Great And Small in the late 1980s. More recently, heplayed David Braithwaite in At Home with the Braithwaites and Henry Sharpe in the UK version of the series Law & Order, re-named, appropriately enough, Law & Order: UK. This is the first American drama television series to be adapted for British television.
In 2015, Peter joined the cast of Gypsy in its West End transfer to the Savoy Theatre in London, playing the role of Herbie,[ alongside Imelda Staunton as Mama Rose.
Peter is a highly entertaining personality with a fascinating career on TV. To book him for a personal appearance, contact a Prime Performers Booking Agent via the online booking enquiry form or alternatively call 020 7251 8222.
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