Peter O'Brien (actor)

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Peter O'Brien
Born (1960-03-25) 25 March 1960 (age 58)
Murray Bridge, South Australia, Australia
Occupation Actor
Years active 1983–present
Spouse(s) Miranda Otto (m. 2003)

Peter O'Brien (born 25 March 1960) is an Australian actor, best known for his role as an original cast member of the Australian soap opera Neighbours as Shane Ramsay.

Early life[edit]

O'Brien was born in the South Australian town of Murray Bridge, located 76 km south-east of the state capital Adelaide. He started off as a teacher at Mercedes College, a private Catholic school in the Adelaide suburb of Springfield.


In the 1980s, Peter ventured into acting, scoring roles in various Australian television series. He played a regular role in short-lived soap opera Starting Out (1983), then had guest roles in Carson's Law in 1983 and Prisoner in 1984 and appeared in The Henderson Kids. He was then cast as Shane Ramsey, a regular original character in soap opera Neighbours on the Seven Network in 1985. He became one of the serial's most popular cast members, continuing in the series until 1987. He then played a leading regular role in drama series The Flying Doctors from 1988 until 1991.

In 1994, O'Brien sent up his soap opera star past by taking a regular role in Psycho Ward 10, a soap opera parody in The All New Alexei Sayle Show.

O'Brien took on the role of surgical registrar Mr. Cyril "Scissors" Smedley in the popular BBC series Cardiac Arrest (TV series) through the second and third series between 1995 and 1996

He later, starred in television series Queer as Folk, White Collar Blue, Hell Has Harbour Views and Gossip Girl.

O'Brien has appeared in numerous mini-series, including The Day of the Roses and Through My Eyes (the story of Lindy Chamberlain). He has also guest starred on numerous television series, including Halifax f.p.. For his work, O'Brien has won Australian Film Institute and Logie Awards. He also appeared as Carl Morgan in Spellbinder: Land of the Dragon Lord, and he appeared in the 1998 Australian/Brisbane comedy television series of Minty. In 2009 he played Sydney underworld figure and racing identity George Freeman in the series Underbelly: A Tale of Two Cities.[1]

O'Brien was part of the cast of BBC Television series Casualty as a new consultant called Stitch.[2] He has also appeared in ITV1s police drama The Bill[3] in which he played Detective Inspector Peter Kavanaugh, a corrupt officer who seduces Detective Sergeant Samantha Nixon to gain information for the criminals he works for.

He appeared as Ed in "The Waters of Mars", the second of the 2009 specials of Doctor Who.[4]

He later reprised his role as George Freeman in the follow up in the Underbelly series the Golden Mile.


O'Brien has won several acting awards in his career. He won two Logie Awards - one in 1987 for the 'Most Popular Actor' (for his role in Neighbours) and one in 2003 for the 'Most Outstanding Actor' (for his role in White Collar Blue).

Personal life[edit]

O'Brien is married to actress Miranda Otto,[5] with whom he has a daughter.


Year Title Role Notes
1983 The Mortal Coil
1984 Prisoner Cell Block H Tim Carter 1984
1985-1987 Neighbours Shane Ramsey
1986-1991 The Flying Doctors Capt. Sam Patterson
1991 The Trials of Oz James Anderson BBC dramatisation of the 1971 trial
1993 Taggart Bill Hamilton 1 Episode
1994 The All New Alexei Sayle Show Dr Scott Jordan Regular cast member, series 1
1995–1996 Cardiac Arrest Mr. Cyril "Scissors" Smedley Regular cast member, series 2 & 3
1996 Hotel de Love Norman Carey
1999 Queer as Folk (UK version) Cameron Roberts Regular Cast Member
1999 Sabrina Down Under Dr. Julian Martin
1999 Sally Marshall Is Not an Alien David Lawson Supporting Cast Member
1999 See How They Run Don Morton/Cassidy
2000 The Knock Glen Vaughan 4 episodes
2000–2001 Water Rats Matthew Grierson 3 Episodes
2001 Relic Hunter Allan Devaut 1 Episode
2002 Young Lions Daryll Flynn 1 Episode
The Pact (novel) Roy Folksdale
2002–2003 White Collar Blue Det. Joe Hill Main Cast Member
2003 Code 11-14 Det. McElroy
2004 Through My Eyes: The Lindy Chamberlain Story Ian Barker Q.C.
The Bill DI Peter Cavanaugh 6 Episodes
2005 Blue Heelers Dr. Peter Nelson 2 Episodes
Hell Has Harbour Views Tim Sullivan
2006 The Return Terry Stahl
Nightmares and Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King Keenan
Fatal Contact: Bird Flu in America Alan
2007 Gossip Girl Photographer 1 Episode
Casualty Theo 'Stitch' Lambert 18 Episodes
2008 City Homicide Warren Endicot 1 Episode
2009 Underbelly: A Tale of Two Cities George Freeman 10 Episodes
A World Away John
Doctor Who Ed Gold 1 Episode
X-Men Origins: Wolverine John Howlett
Rogue Nation John Stephen Jr
All Saints Sam Whittaker 1 Episode
30 Seconds Bill Brooker Regular Cast Member
2010 Underbelly: The Golden Mile George Freeman 3 Episodes
Dance Academy Sebastian 2 episodes
2012 Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries René Dubois 1 episode[6]
Hanyut Kasper Almayer
2013 Love of My Life Surgeon/Thomas
2014 The Killing Field Inspector Lachlan McKenzie TV Movie
2015 Winter Detective Inspector Lachlan McKenzie TV Series
2016 Maximum Ride Jeb
2016 Battlefield 1 Frederick Bishop Video Game
2018 What Still Remains The Prisoner Post production


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