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Pinder was born on 30 March 1960 and comes from a small family with just one younger sister, Catherine, who is 11 years younger and works in agriculture. He grew up on Downham Avenue in Great Harwood. His father was the bank manager of the NatWest in Blackburn.
He got his first job working in a cemetery when he was 15. He joined Blackburn Arts Club then Manchester Youth Theatre at 17.
He attended Norden High School on Stourton Street in Rishton near Blackburn, where he took his A levels. He went to the Drama Centre London (now part of the University of the Arts London) in Clerkenwell.
He is known for his role in the television soap opera Brookside. He played Max Farnham in the series from 1990 to its conclusion in 2003 with his three wives Patricia (Gabrielle Glaister), Susannah (Karen Drury), and latterly Jacqui (née Dixon), played by Alexandra Fletcher.
Previously in his career, he played the part of Roy Lambert in Crossroads the owner of Kings Oak corner shop. After the programme was cancelled, he appeared in two series of the sitcom Foxy Lady. He has also appeared in C.A.T.S. Eyes and the BBC Scotland comedy series Scotch and Wry.
When he left Brookside he took part in several theatre roles playing Laurence in Abigail's Party and also appearing in a psychological thriller called Dead Certain, where he worked alongside Jenny Seagrove.
He married Brookside co-star Stephanie Chambers and they have a daughter Scarlett Rose, born in August 2007, and live in Chester. He has two other children from a previous marriage - Helen (born September 1990) and Alex (born December 1993). He married Taj Hossain in February 1989 in Brent, London.