Chris Gascoyne

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Chris Gascoyne
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Born Christopher Gascoyne
(1968-01-31) 31 January 1968 (age 49)
Huthwaite, Nottinghamshire, England
Residence Chorlton, Manchester
Alma mater Central Junior Television Workshop
Central School of Speech and Drama
Occupation Actor
Years active 1985–present
Television Coronation Street (2000–03
Spouse(s) Caroline Harding Gascoyne (m. 2002)
Children 3

Christopher "Chris" Gascoyne (born 31 January 1968[1]) is an English actor, who is known for his role as the seventh Peter Barlow in the soap opera Coronation Street since 2000. Gascoyne has been nominated for several accolades at the British Soap Awards for his portrayal of Peter

Early life[edit]

Gascoyne was born in 1968 in Huthwaite, Nottinghamshire, to Marian and Derrick Gascoyne.[2][3]


Gascoyne studied acting at the Central Junior Television Workshop[4] and then trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama.[5] One of his earliest roles was as Judd on Central TV's children's program Murphy's Mob. Gascoyne has acted in numerous television dramas, including the 1988 Central Television series for schools, Starting Out. He has also had roles in Between the Lines and as David Jennings in the TV series Murdoch Mysteries ( one appearance ) and Casualty.[2] He appeared as Barry Kent in The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole and as Fusilier Tony Rossi in Soldier Soldier.[2][5] In 2006, Gascoyne joined the cast of BBC drama New Street Law as Al Ware.[5]

He is best known for his portrayal of Peter Barlow in Coronation Street.[2] Gascoyne played the role from 2000 to 2003 and returned briefly in 2007. In October 2008, it was announced that he would be returning to the soap.[6] Gascoyne took a four-month break from Coronation Street in July 2012[7] and left at the end of his contract on 14 November 2014.[8] He returned briefly in 2015 following the death of his co-star Anne Kirkbride. Speaking about his return to Coronation Street, Gascoyne said "Coming back was like a healing process, we laughed a lot".

In July 2016 it was announced that Gascoyne will return to the role of Peter Barlow on permanent basis. He reappeared on 17 October.

Personal life[edit]

Gascoyne lives in Chorlton, Manchester with his wife, actress Caroline Harding. They have three children.[2]

In 2008, Gascoyne lost his driving licence for 12 months and was fined £500 after he was stopped by traffic officers and was found to be over the legal limit.[9] In May 2010, Gascoyne ran in the Great Manchester Run for the Alzheimer's Society, as his grandmother had suffered from the condition.[3]

On occasions when his work on Coronation Street became emotionally stressful, Gascoyne practises Buddhism.[10]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Result Ref
2010 British Soap Awards Best Actor Nominated
2010 British Soap Awards Best Dramatic Performance Nominated
2011 British Soap Awards Best Actor Nominated [11]
2011 All About Soap Awards Best Actor Nominated [12]
2012 British Soap Awards Best Actor Nominated [13]


  1. ^ "Peter Barlow". ITV. Archived from the original on 27 January 2013. Retrieved 19 August 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "5 minutes with... Chris Gascoyne". TalkTalk Group. Archived from the original on 28 January 2010. Retrieved 19 August 2010. 
  3. ^ a b Gascoyne, Chris; Andrew Williams (8 May 2010). "Coronation Street's Chris Gascoyne remembers growing up in a family coping with his grandmother's Alzheimer's". The Daily Mail. Retrieved 19 August 2010. 
  4. ^ Hinchliffe, Sam. "Television Workshop director Ian Smith: My life mentoring stars like Vicky McClure and Joe Dempsie". Nottingham Post. Archived from the original on 29 December 2016. 
  5. ^ a b c "New Street Law - Characters & Actors". BBC. Retrieved 19 August 2010. 
  6. ^ Green, Kris (16 December 2008). "Chris Gascoyne (Peter Barlow, Corrie)". Digital Spy. Retrieved 19 August 2010. 
  7. ^ Millar, Paul (25 May 2012). "'Coronation Street' stars Chris Gascoyne, Alison King to take break". Digital Spy. Hearst Magazines UK. Retrieved 24 August 2012. 
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  9. ^ "Coronation Street star Chris Gascoyne admits drink-driving". London Evening Standard. 16 January 2008. Archived from the original on 12 September 2012. Retrieved 19 August 2010. 
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  12. ^ Kilkelly, Daniel (27 March 2011). "In Full: All About Soap Bubble winners". Digital Spy. Hachette Filipacchi UK. Retrieved 19 April 2012. 
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