Alistair Petrie

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Alistair Petrie
Born (1970-09-30) 30 September 1970 (age 47)
Catterick, North Riding of Yorkshire, England
Nationality English
Alma mater London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art
Occupation Actor
Years active 1993–present
Spouse(s) Lucy Scott
Children 3

Alistair Petrie (born 30 September 1970)[1] is an English actor, known for his supporting roles in films, such as Philip Lisle in The Bank Job, various characters, including Felix Finch in Cloud Atlas, Stirling Moss in Rush and General Davits Draven in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

In television, Petrie is known for portraying Geoff in Channel 4's Utopia, Alexander "Sandy" Langbourne in The Night Manager alongside Tom Hiddleston and Hugh Laurie, Robert Greenlaw in BBC1's Undercover, "Deep State" opposite Mark Strong for Fox Television.

He is a director of This Red Rock, a film and television production company and is on the board of Shared Experience Theatre Company.

He is patron of the premature birth charity, Borne, and a supporter of Team Margot.

Early life[edit]

Born in Catterick, North Riding of Yorkshire,[2] Petrie was brought up in the Middle East, mainland Europe and East Africa. His father was a RAF fighter pilot. He trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.


He spent his early career in theatre around the country before joining the RSC where productions included Troilus and Cressida and Ibsen's Brand opposite Ralph Fiennes. In 2005, he joined the National Theatre, where he stayed for 28 months performing in His Dark Materials, Shakespeare's Henry IV alongside Sir Michael Gambon and David Edgar's Playing With Fire'. In 2007 he appeared in Marc Munden's The Mark of Cain, The Whistleblowers and Cranford. As well as other TV work such as Emma and The Forsyte Saga: To Let, he has also appeared in the music video for "Bellissimo" by Ilya, directed by the Guard Brothers (January 2004).

Other theatre work includes The Earl of Wessex - the part played by Colin Firth in the film - in the hit 2015 West End Production of "Shakespeare in Love". He played the role of Man in Shared Experience's Mine at the Hampstead Theatre.

He also starred in the BBC production of The Forsyte Saga as George Forsyte, as well as in the 2009 film The Duchess, 2010 in the horror-film Devil's Playground and 2012 film Cloud Atlas.

He has played the role of Major James Sholto in the second episode of Season 3 of the BBC TV series Sherlock, aired on 5 January 2014.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Petrie is married to actress Lucy Scott,[4] by whom he has three sons.[5]

Other works[edit]

He and his wife were the first married couple to together successfully swim the English Channel in 2007 in 12 hours and 21 minutes as part of a fundraising challenge to support the neo natal unit at The Chelsea and Westminster Hospital. In the same year, they also cycled from Paris to London, competed in the London Triathlon and ran the London Marathon.



Year Title Role Notes
1997 Mrs Dalloway Herbert
2005 Man to Man Beckinsale
2007 The Mark of Cain Major Rod Gilchrist
2008 The Bank Job Philip Lisle
The Duchess Heaton
A Bunch of Amateurs Rupert Twist
2010 Devil's Playground Andy Billing
2012 Metamorphosis The Supervisor
Cloud Atlas Haskell Moore's Dinner Guest 1
Felix Finch
Lascivious Businessman
Ashes Dr. Burrows
2013 Rush Stirling Moss
Vendetta DCI Spencer Holland
2014 The Face of an Angel Steve
A Little Chaos De Ville
2015 Kicking Off Anthony Greaves
Victor Frankenstein Chief Inspector
2016 God's Kingdom Alexander Short film
Rogue One General Draven
2017 Hampstead Steve Crowley


Year Title Role Notes
1993 Demob Hodges Episode #1.1
Episode #1.5
Scarlet and Black Hussar TV mini-series
Episode #1.3
1994 All Quiet on the Preston Front Big Matt Episode: "Diesel's Garage"
1996 Emma Robert Martin TV movie
1998 Game On Charles Episode: "Wedding Day"
Jonathan Creek Duncan Proctor Episodes: "The Problem at Gallows Gate: Part 1"
"The Problem at Gallows Gate: Part 2"
1999 My Wonderful Life Ollie Episode: "Chinese Walls"
Dalziel and Pascoe Young James Westropp Episode: "Recalled to Life"
2000 The Stretch Jonathon Nichols TV mini-series
Second Sight Neil Episode: "Parasomnia"
2002, 2011 Holby City Mark Noble
Colonel John Appleton
Episodes: "Second Chances"
"No Credit, No Blame"
2002-2003 The Forsyte Saga George Forsyte TV mini-series
2002 Celeb Photographer Episode: "The Guest"
2003 State of Mind Nick Grainger TV mini-series
2006 Perfect Disaster Doug TV Series documentary
Episode: "Mega Flood"
2007 The Whistleblowers Christopher Rowe Episode: "No Child Left Behind"
Cranford Major Gordon Episode: "August 1842"
"May 1843"
2008 Mutual Friends Carl Cato
2009 Gracie! Basil Dean TV movie
2010 The Taking of Prince Harry Jack Pastor
2011 Midsomer Murders Clifford Bunting Episode: "Not in My Back Yard"
Strike Back Kenneth Bratton Episodes: "Project Dawn #3"
"Project Dawn #4"
Death in Paradise Gordon Foster Episode #1.5
2012 Whitechapel Dr. Simon Mortlake Episode #3.5
Episode #3.6
2013 The Suspicions of Mr Whicher: The Murder in Angel Lane Dr. Casement TV movie
The Escape Artist Julian Fowkes TV mini-series
Episode: "Part 1"
Lucan Jimmy Goldsmith TV movie
2013-2014 Utopia Geoff
2014 Sherlock Major James Sholto Episode: "The Sign of Three"
Vera Stuart Bayliss Episode: "On Harbour Street"
The Game Andrew TV mini-series
Episode Four
2016 The Night Manager Lord Sandy Langbourne TV mini-series
Undercover Robert Greenlaw
New Blood Charles Matherson Episode #1.4
Episode #1.5
Harley and the Davidsons Edsel Ford Episode: "Legacy"
2018 The Terror Dr. Stephan S. Stanley
Deep State George White


  1. ^ "Alistair Petrie Quotes - BrainyQuote". Retrieved August 7, 2017. 
  2. ^ "Alistair Petrie - Biphoo". Retrieved August 7, 2017. 
  3. ^ "BBC One - Sherlock, Series 3, The Sign of Three". Retrieved August 7, 2017. 
  4. ^ "The cast of BBC's Pride and Prejudice: Where are they now?". Retrieved August 7, 2017. 
  5. ^ "Alistair Petrie - Sherlocked USA". Retrieved August 7, 2017. 

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