Peter McCauley

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Peter McCauley
Born (1950-03-08) March 8, 1950 (age 69)
Other namesPeter Macauley
Years active1974 – present
Spouse(s)Catherine Wilkin

Peter McCauley (born 8 March 1950) is an actor from New Zealand who has appeared in many television series and movies, mainly in his home country.


He has worked in television dramas such as Star Runner and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's The Lost World in which he played Professor George Challenger. His character on The Lost World was a scientist with a thirst to prove the existence of dinosaurs on a plateau in the jungle. When the expedition is stranded he and other characters come upon various societies and creatures. The show lasted for 3 seasons before cancellation due to financial issues. He also appeared in several episodes of the Starz hit series Spartacus.

He has since worked for the BBC editing movies and television series.



Year Title Role Notes
1974 A State of Siege Short film
1979 Middle Age Spread Man in Pub
1984 Pallet on the Floor Sam Jamieson
1985 Kingpin Paul Jeffries
1985 Hot Target Det. Inspector Nolan
1986 Aces Go Places IV Digger
1986 Bridge to Nowhere Tanya's Father
1987 Young Detectives on Wheels Brian Mitchell
1987 Starlight Hotel Repo Man
1998 The Interview Det. Hudson
2003 The Locals Bill
2006 Perfect Creature Prof. Liepsky
2010 After the Waterfall George
2011 Netherwood Duncan
2012 Existence Robert
2016 The Couple Husband Short
2016 The Light Between Oceans Sergeant Spragg


Year Title Role Notes
1979 Children of Fire Mountain Capt. Bloom TV miniseries
1984 Heroes Tony "1.5"
1986 Open House Ray Frazer "Happy Birthday"
1987 Steel Riders Brian Mitchell "Bloodstones", "Cops"
1991 Shark in the Park Dean Solomon Recurring role
1992 The Ray Bradbury Theater Sheriff "The Dead Man"
1993 Phoenix Inspector Lew Murdoch Main role
1993 Snowy Kendall "Dams, Schemes & Damn Schemes", "High Claim, Higher Title"
1993 The Feds: Seduction Chad TV film
1995 Fire Commissioner "Hellfire"
1995 Mysterious Island Mr. Spilett "First Impressions Are Skin Deep", "Gideon's Tale"
1995–97 Shortland Street Dr. Finlay Keats TV series
1996 The Man from Snowy River Higgins / Capt. Ezra King "Code of Ethics", "Black Sheep"
1996 Xena: Warrior Princess Talmadeus "The Greater Good"
1997 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Admiral McCutcheon TV film
1997 Roar Culann / Brach "Banshee", "The Spear of Destiny"
1998 Good Guys, Bad Guys Henry Doak "Zen Go the Strings of My Heart"
1998 Blue Heelers Lionel Hughes "Spinning the Yarn"
1998 The Violent Earth Theroux TV miniseries
1998 State Coroner Sgt. Ted Harris "Body of Evidence"
1998 Hercules: The Legendary Journeys Various Recurring role
1998 The Chosen Det. Graham TV film
1999 Stingers Charlie Pearce "Faking It"
1999–02 The Lost World Prof. George Challenger Main role
2000 Tales of the South Seas "Isabelle's Brother"
2002 The Outsider Isaiah Miller TV film
2004–05 The Secret Life of Us Calum McKlintock "Stretching the Friendship", "The Heart of Friday Night", "The Treadmill"
2005 Hercules Nestor TV miniseries
2010 Legend of the Seeker Sorcerer "Resurrection"
2011 Longing for Paradise Island Gary TV film
2011 Tangiwai Bill Blair TV film
2012 Spartacus: War of the Damned Lucius Caelius Recurring role
2012–13 Nothing Trivial Rock Wedgewood Recurring role


Year Title Role Notes
1994 Falling from Grace Michael Brazinski Playbox Theatre
2003 Ghosts The Court Theatre
2004 Goldie Louis Steele Auckland Theatre Company
2006 Twelfth Night Auckland Theatre Company
2009 The Pohutakawa Tree Auckland Theatre Company

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