Carter studied at London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. His West End theatre credits include Someone Like You with Petula Clark, A Man for All Seasons with Martin Shaw, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof with Brendan Fraser and Ned Beatty, We Will Rock You, I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change, Les Misérables, The Phantom of the Opera, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Taming of the Shrew, Always at the Victoria Palace with Shani Wallis and Side by Side by Sondheim. He was nominated for a Laurence Olivier Award for his performance as the Prince/Wolf in Into the Woods.
Other UK stage credits include a national tour of Oklahoma!; Putting It Together at the Old Fire Station Theatre in Oxford; Macbeth, As You Like It, Henry V, and 'Tis Pity She's a Whore at Northcott, Exeter; A Little Night Music and Mrs. Warren's Profession at the Nottingham Playhouse; and Godspell at the Leicester Haymarket. He starred as Frank-N-Furter in a European tour of The Rocky Horror Show.
He played the role of the Wonderful Wizard of Oz in the West End production of the musical Wicked. He replaced Sam Kelly from Monday 29 March 2010, starring opposite Rachel Tucker and Louise Dearman. He was highly acclaimed in the role, and exited the show alongside Dearman and many other of his co-stars on Saturday 10 December 2011, after almost two years in the role. Desmond Barrit returned to the company, replacing Carter.
In October 2011, he appeared in a concert of the new musical Soho Cinders at the Queen's Theatre, London. He originated the roles of Mr. Salt in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane and Harold Zidler in Moulin Rogue at the Piccadilly Theatre. His performance in the latter earned him another nomination for the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical.
|2001||Learning to Love the Grey||Dr. Edward Marsh||TV film|
|2006||The Da Vinci Code||Biggin Hill|
|1975||Division 4||Brickie||Episode: "Rubber Bunny"|
|1981||Robin's Nest||Waiter||Episode: "Anniversary Waltz"|
|Never the Twain||Waiter||Episode: "Of Meissen Men"|
|Diamonds||Policeman||Episode: "My End Is My Beginning"|
|1982||Rep||Dudley Blake||Series regular|
|1984||Mitch||Jeavons||Episode: "Postman's Knock"|
|1992||The Bill||Michael Ash||Episode: "Hands Up"|
|1996||John Ryland||Episode: "Judgement Call"|
|2000||John Chandler||Episode: "Streetwise"|
|2002||Allen's Solicitor||Episode: "Protection"|
|2004||Doctors||Peter Andrews||Episode: "Lost and Found"|
|2007||Casualty||Sydney Cage||Episode: "Communion"|
|Dalziel and Pascoe||Peter Mayhew||Episode: "Under Dark Stars"|
|Roman Mysteries||Diaulus||Episode "The Enemies of Jupiter"|
|2016||Murder Maps||Detective Wensley||Episode: "Murder in the Roaring Twenties"|
|2017||Holby City||Lennie Dick||Episode: "Aces High"|
- "Clive Carter". IMDb. Retrieved 6 May 2019.
- Lee Mead to Join London's Wicked as Fiyero; Principals Confirmed Archived 31 January 2010 at the Wayback Machine
- "Gina Beck and Matt Willis to Join London Cast of Wicked; Desmond Barrit to Return as Wizard". Playbill. 14 September 2011. Retrieved 26 December 2021.
- "Cast of Charlie & The Chocolate Factory". What's on Stage. 11 January 2013. Archived from the original on 18 January 2013. Retrieved 11 January 2013.
- "MOULIN ROUGE! Resumes West End Performances and Reschedules Opening Night". www.Broadwayworld.com. Retrieved 26 December 2021.
- Underwood, Kitty (8 March 2022). "Nominations Announced for the Olivier Awards 2022 with Mastercard". Society of London Theatre. Retrieved 2 April 2022.