Peter McEnery

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Peter McEnery
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Peter McEnery depicted in a newspaper advertisement for The Moon-Spinners (1964)
Peter Robert McEnery

(1940-02-21) 21 February 1940 (age 83)

Peter Robert McEnery (born 21 February 1940) is a retired English stage and film actor.

Early life[edit]

McEnery was born in Walsall, Staffordshire, to Charles and Ada Mary (née Brinson) McEnery. He was educated at Ellesmere College, Shropshire.

His younger brothers are actor John and the photographer David.


McEnery was notably featured in Victim, a 1961 British neo-noir suspense film directed by Basil Dearden in which McEnery plays Barrett, a young working-class gay man who falls prey to blackmailers after he and the title character are photographed in an intimate embrace [the film's makers claim the older man was merely comforting the younger one who was in tears; the whole premise of the film was that there was no actual intimacy[1][circular reference]]. McEnery was also recognised for having given Hayley Mills her first grown-up screen kiss in the 1964 film The Moon-Spinners.[2] In 1966 he took the lead in the Disney live action adventure film, The Fighting Prince of Donegal.[3] He played Edwin Clayhanger in the television dramatisation of the novels by Arnold Bennett with support from Janet Suzman, Harry Andrews and Clive Swift.[4]

As an actor for the Royal Shakespeare Company he played the title role in Ron Daniel's 1979 production of Pericles, Prince of Tyre at The Other Place and played several roles in the 1982 epic production of Nicholas Nickleby for the same company. In 1981 he played Oberon in the BBC Television Shakespeare production of A Midsummer Night's Dream. Another notable stage role was that of the surgeon Treves in the National Theatre's 1980 production of The Elephant Man.[5]

Personal life[edit]

McEnery married Julie Peasgood in 1978. They met in 1975 when she played a maid called Ada in the Clayhanger television series in which McEnery starred. They later divorced. Their daughter Kate, born in 1981, is also an actress.




  1. ^ "Victim (1961 film)".
  2. ^ "The Day Hayley got in a Hearse", Photoplay, August 1964.
  3. ^ Leonard Maltin (7 September 1995). The Disney Films. Disney Editions. ISBN 978-0-7868-8137-6.
  4. ^ Ellen Baskin (1996). Serials on British Television, 1950-1994. Scolar Press. ISBN 978-1-85928-015-7.
  5. ^ Country Life. Country Life, Limited. August 1980.

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