Peter Sullivan (actor)

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Peter Sullivan (born 26 July at Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire) is an English theatre, film and television actor[1] known mainly for new work with theatre companies and writers from both Europe and the United States.


In 1982 he joined the National Youth Theatre, where he played Edmond in King Lear, and then joined the Old Vic Youth Theatre playing the title role in Macbeth. He studied at Central School of Speech and Drama from 1983 to 1986 and then in New York under Uta Hagen at HB Studio.

In 1988 he joined the Catalan performance group La Fura Dels Baus and toured the world with them in their trilogy of spectacles Accions, Suz/O/Suz and Tier Mon. In 1990 he was asked by Deborah Warner to join the National Theatre in London to tour King Lear and Richard III, directed by Richard Eyre, staying on to play in Napoli Millionaria as part of the Lyttelton Theatre company. He also worked extensively at the National Theatre Studio with Simon Usher and there formed The Actors' Group. He left the National to work with David Freeman[disambiguation needed], playing Pentheus in Opera Factory's Bacchae at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, before moving into television to play the lead in Dick Clement and Ian Le Frenais' sit-com Over The Rainbow.

He was nominated for the Evening Standard Best Newcomer award for his portrayal of Ray in Simon Bennet's Drummers directed by Max Stafford-Clark at the New Ambassadors in London's West End.[citation needed] He also played SS Colonel Karl Schoengarth in the multi-award winning B.B.C./H.B.O film Conspiracy written by Loring Mandel and directed by Frank Pierson. He then played Jack the Ripper in Jonathan Kent's revival of Wedekind's Lulu in a new version by Nicolas Wright that started at the Almeida Theatre before transferring to the Kennedy Centre in Washington D.C.

He has worked extensively for Peter Gill, appearing in both Way of the World and Certain Young Men at the Almeida Theatre, as well as in a number of plays at the Royal Court Theatre, contributing to their recent book Inside Out. At the Court he played The Husband in Debbie Tucker Green's Stoning Mary directed by Marianne Elliott, originated the role of Ferdinand in Tom Stoppard's Rock n Roll directed by Trevor Nunn, which transferred to the West End and Broadway, as well as playing Cash in Dominic Cooke's first play as artistic director, The Pain and The Itch by the American writer Bruce Norris. He played Mortensgaard in Antony Page's acclaimed revival of Ibsen's Rosmersholm in a new version by Mike Poulson, once again at the Almeida.[2] He has played JPW for Garry Hynes in Tom Murphy's The Gigli Concert at Druid in Galway and has returned to the National to do two plays with Angus Jackson; David Hare's financial crash piece The Power of Yes and a revival of Clifford Odets Rocket to the Moon. Most recently he has played Sir Robert Morton in Lindsey Posner's acclaimed revival of The Winslow Boy at The Old Vic

He plays Cardinal Sforza in The Borgias and was Commander Laurence Stern in Abi Morgan's award-winning The Hour for the BBC. He also had a small role in the acclaimed TV series State of Play, playing the lawyer of David Morrissey's character.

He has appeared in numerous television shows, both as regular and guest characters and in a number of films, both studio pictures as well as lower budget films in the U.K. and Spain.


  1. ^ "Company Members: Peter Sullivan". National Theatre. Retrieved 1 May 2011. 
  2. ^ Benedict, David (May 28, 2008). "Rosmersholm". Variety. Retrieved 1 May 2011. 

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