Peter Baldwin (actor)
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29 July 1933 |
Chichester, Sussex, England, UK
|Years active||1956–2009 (acting)
|Spouse(s)||Sarah Long (m. 1965–1987)
After training to be an actor, Baldwin joined the West of England Theatre Company, where he worked with future-partner on Coronation Street Thelma Barlow. He later toured with the Old Vic and joined the Bristol Old Vic. Baldwin made several appearances in films (in bit parts and extras) until he landed a main role in the television comedy Girls About Town which ran from 1969 to 1971. He also made guest appearances on other television series such as Menace, The New Dick Van Dyke Show, and Spy Trap, and had several roles in West End Theatre.
In 1976 he joined the cast of Coronation Street, playing the character of Derek Wilton on and off, eventually returning as a regular character in 1988. Derek wooed but let down Mavis Riley for many years but eventually the two got married. It was reported that Derek Wilton was one of the favourite characters among a certain segment of viewers of the show, but in 1997 the character was killed off.
For the year after this, Baldwin made many appearances on talk shows and quiz shows in the UK such as GMTV, This Morning and Crosswits and also returned to the stage for the first time in a decade in A Month of Sundays, as well as touring in the musical Summer Holiday. He then joined the cast of the TV show Out Of Sight as 'Uncle Gus' until 1999.
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