Peter O'Brien (actor)

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Peter O'Brien
Years active1983–present
(m. 1990; div. 1994)
(m. after 2003)

Peter O'Brien is an Australian actor, best known for his role as an original cast member in 1985 of Australian soap opera Neighbours as Shane Ramsay.


In the 1980s, O'Brien 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 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] He later reprised his role as George Freeman in the follow up in the Underbelly series the Golden Mile.

O'Brien was part of the cast of BBC Television series Casualty as a new consultant called Stitch.[2] He also appeared in ITV police drama The Bill in which he played corrupt Detective Inspector Peter Cavanaugh.[3]

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


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]

On 1 January 2003,[5] O'Brien married actress Miranda Otto, after the two had met while performing in A Doll's House.[6] They have one child, a daughter named Darcey, who was born on 1 April 2005.[6]


Year Title Role Notes
1983 The Mortal Coil Hugh Short film
1984 Prisoner Tim Carter 1 episode
1985–1987 Neighbours Shane Ramsay 289 episodes
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 episodes
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
1996 Michael Collins Pianist in Restaunant Uncredited
1997 The Day of the Roses Boris Osman
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 episodes
2002 Young Lions Daryll Flynn 1 episodes
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 episodes
Casualty Theo 'Stitch' Lambert 18 episodes
2008 City Homicide Warren Endicot 1 episodes
2009 Underbelly: A Tale of Two Cities George Freeman 10 episodes
A World Away John
Doctor Who Ed Gold 1 episodes
X-Men Origins: Wolverine John Howlett
Rogue Nation John Stephen Jr
All Saints Sam Whittaker 1 episodes
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 episodes[7]
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 Lake Alice Greg Thomas
2018 GLOW Rick Hollander 2 episodes
2018 What Still Remains The Prisoner
2018 Tidelands Bill Sentelle 7 episodes
2018 The OA Duke 1 episodes
2019 Breaker Finch
2020 Wentworth Tony Cockburn 1 episodes
2021 The Unusual Suspects Nick


  1. ^ Peter O'Brien moves from Underbelly to Rogue Nation
  2. ^ Neighbours veteran bags Casualty role
  3. ^ O'Brien fits The Bill
  4. ^ Peter O’Brien lands Doctor Who special
  5. ^ "Miranda Otto marries in cathedral lock-out". The Sydney Morning Herald. Australian Associated Press. 2 January 2003. Retrieved 5 August 2019.
  6. ^ a b Staff writers (5 August 2019). "Miranda Otto biography". Tribute. Retrieved 5 August 2019.
  7. ^ "Episode Seven - Murder in Montparnasse - Episodes & Video - Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries - ABC TV". ABC Online. Retrieved 22 November 2014.

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