Alistair Petrie

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Alistair Petrie
Born (1970-09-30) 30 September 1970 (age 50)
Alma materLondon Academy of Music and Dramatic Art
Years active1993–present
Spouse(s)Lucy Scott

Alistair Petrie (born 30 September 1970) is a British actor. He has starred in The Bank Job (2008), Cloud Atlas (2012), Rush (2013) and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016). Petrie has also starred in the Channel 4 television series Utopia, the BBC One television series' The Night Manager, Sherlock, and Undercover and as Mr. Groff in the Netflix original comedy-drama series Sex Education.

Early life[edit]

Petrie was born 30 September 1970[1] in Catterick, North Riding of Yorkshire.[2] He was brought up in the Middle East, mainland Europe and East Africa. His father was an 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 Shakespeare's Troilus and Cressida and Henrik 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 in the 2015 West End Production of Shakespeare in Love. In 2008, Petrie played the lead role of Man in Mine, Shared Experience's at the West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds.[3]


He also starred in the BBC production of The Forsyte Saga as George Forsyte, as well as in the 2009 film The Duchess, also the 2010 horror-film Devil's Playground. Petrie has appeared as Philip Lisle in The Bank Job, as Felix Finch in the 2012 film Cloud Atlas,[4] Stirling Moss in Rush and General Davits Draven in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.[5][4] Also in television, Petrie has portrayed Geoff in Channel 4's Utopia, Alexander "Sandy" Langbourne in The Night Manager, Robert Greenlaw in BBC1's Undercover. 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.[6] In 2019, Petrie began playing Mr. Groff in the Netflix original comedy-drama series Sex Education.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Petrie is married to actress Lucy Scott,[7] with whom he has three sons.[8]

Petrie is an Ambassador for Borne, a medical research charity looking to identify the causes of premature birth.[9][10]



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
Silent Hours Lieutenant Charles Carter
2016 God's Kingdom Alexander Short film
Rogue One General Draven [5]
2017 Hampstead Steve Crowley
2019 A Battle in Waterloo Kildare Short film
Hellboy Lord Adam Glaren


Year Title Role Notes
1993 Demob Hodges Episode: "Episode 1", "Episode 5"
Scarlet and Black Hussar Miniseries, Episode: "Episode three"
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 Miniseries
Second Sight Neil Episode: "Parasomnia"
2002, 2011 Holby City Mark Noble
Colonel John Appleton
Episode: "Second Chances"

Episode: "No Credit, No Blame"

2002–2003 The Forsyte Saga George Forsyte Miniseries
2002 Celeb Photographer Episode: "The Guest"
2003 State of Mind Nick Grainger Miniseries
2006 Perfect Disaster Doug 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 4 episodes
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 Miniseries
Episode: "Part 1"
Lucan Jimmy Goldsmith TV movie
2013–2014 Utopia Geoff Recurring role, 11 episodes
2014 Sherlock Major James Sholto Episode: "The Sign of Three"
Vera Stuart Bayliss Episode: "On Harbour Street"
The Game Andrew Miniseries
Episode Four
2016 The Night Manager Lord Sandy Langbourne Miniseries
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 Recurring role; 6 episodes
Deep State George White Main role
2019–present Sex Education Mr. Groff Series regular


  1. ^ "Alistair Petrie Quotes - BrainyQuote". Retrieved 7 August 2017.
  2. ^ "Alistair Petrie - Biphoo". Retrieved 7 August 2017.
  3. ^ "Review: Mine, Shared Experience, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds until November 22". 21 November 2008.
  4. ^ a b c "Alistair Petrie Profile". Roxanne vacca. 2019.
  5. ^ a b "Liam Bailey Interview: Alistair Petrie, General Davits Draven in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story". Fantha Tracks. 27 February 2018.
  6. ^ "BBC One - Sherlock, Series 3, The Sign of Three". Retrieved 7 August 2017.
  7. ^ "The cast of BBC's Pride and Prejudice: Where are they now?". Retrieved 7 August 2017.[dead link]
  8. ^ "Alistair Petrie - Sherlocked USA". Archived from the original on 1 September 2017. Retrieved 24 January 2019.
  9. ^ "Our Patrons and Ambassadors". Borne. Retrieved 22 May 2019.
  10. ^ Borne (10 January 2018), Alistair & Lucy Petrie's Story, retrieved 22 May 2019

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