Peter Phelps

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Peter Phelps
Peter Phelps.jpg
Phelps in 2012
Born (1960-09-20) 20 September 1960 (age 60)
OccupationActor, singer, writer
Years active1977−present
Known forTrevor Cole in Baywatch
Peter Church in Stingers
Spouse(s)Donna Fowkes (2000–present)
ChildrenAja Blue Phelps (b. 2002)
Polly Elsie Rose Phelps (b. 2005)
Parent(s)George Thomas Phelps & Shirley Amy Gunston
RelativesKerryn Phelps (sister)
Bryan Robson (cousin)
AwardsAFI: Best Actor in a Television Drama 1993
Logie: Most Popular Actor 2002.

Peter Phelps (born 20 September 1960 in Sydney) is an Australian actor, singer and writer. He is notable for his role as Peter Church in the television drama Stingers, and as Trevor Cole in Baywatch. Phelps has appeared in feature films including Blackwater Trail with Judd Nelson. He is the brother of Professor Kerryn Phelps.


Phelps began his acting career in the early 1980s with an ongoing role in the Network Ten teen soap opera The Restless Years produced by the Reg Grundy Organisation. After that series ended he had a starring role in new Grundy soap opera Sons and Daughters. It was Phelps who came up with the "Pat the Rat" moniker in the series.

In 1988 he had a brief role in the 'Dirtwater Dynasty' mini series. Peter featured as David Eastwick, the first born son of the main character Richard Eastwick, played by Hugo Weaving.

From 1989–1990, he was one of the lifeguards (Trevor Cole) in the first season of Baywatch, and had a minor role in the film Point Break. He also had roles in A Country Practice and The Flying Doctors. In 1993, Phelps won an Australian Film Institute Best Actor award for his role in the G.P. episode, "Exposed".[1]

From 1998 until 2004, he starred in Stingers, a role that won him the 2002 Logie Award for Most Popular Actor.

Phelps also played a recurring role as doctor Doug "Spence" Spencer on the medical drama, All Saints starting 4 October 2005.

In 2009, Phelps had a busy year. He appeared in two television dramas—Underbelly: A Tale of Two Cities playing detective inspector Joe Messina; and Vince Marchello (Station Co-ordinator) Rescue: Special Ops. Also in 2009, he also had a role as a police officer in the film Stone Bros.

In 2009, he appeared in a new public awareness campaign by the NSW Rural Fire Service about the need to prepare for bushfires. This included television and radio advertisements. The campaign has subsequently been adopted by the Tasmania Fire Service.[2]

Television work[edit]


  • Theo, Undercover, 1983
  • Judah/Robert, Playing Beatie Bow, South Australian Film Corporation, 1986
  • Eddie, Rock 'N' Roll Cowboys, 1987
  • Dave Mitchell, The Lighthorsemen, 1987, Cinecom Pictures, 1988
  • Patrick, Starlight Hotel, 1987, Republic, 1988
  • Ross Cameron, Breaking Loose, Avalon Films, 1988
  • Peter Maya, Trio Film, 1989
  • Australian surfer, Point Break, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1991
  • John Pope, Merlin (also known as Merlin: The True Story of Magic), Hemdale Film Corporation, 1992
  • Brian Petrie, The Feds: Betrayal, Nine Network (Australia), 1993
  • Dozer Brennan, Rough Diamonds, Nine Network/Beyond Films/Film Australia/Film Queensland/Forest Home Films/Southern Star Entertainment, 1994
  • Dr. Frank Jamison, Blackwater Trail, Warnervision Entertainment, 1996
  • Leo Megaw, Zone 39, Phaedra Cinema, 1996
  • Mick Webb, One Way Ticket, 1997
  • Presenter, Fire and Ice—The Many Moods of Thredbo and the Snowys (documentary), 1999
  • Patrick Phelan, Lantana, Palace Films, 2001
  • Rod, Teesh and Trude, 2002
  • Constable Lonigan, Ned Kelly, 2003
  • Jake, The Square, 2008
  • Mark, Stone Bros., 2009
  • Skipper Joe, Caught Inside, 2010

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Category Award Series Result
1993 Best Actor in a Leading Role in a TV Drama AFI Award G.P. Won
2002 Best Supporting Male Actor FCCA Award Lantana Nominated
2002 Most Popular Actor Logie Award Stingers Won

Stage appearances[edit]

Appeared in productions of:



  • Books:
    • Sex without Madonna: The True Confessions of a Hired Gun in Tinseltown (autobiography), Pan Macmillan Publishers Australia, 1994
    • The Bulldog Track: A grandson's story of an ordinary man's war and survival on the other Kokoda trail, Hachette Australia, 2018[5][6]
  • Contributor to magazines: including Harper's Bazaar.


  1. ^ "Default Parallels Plesk Panel Page".
  2. ^ NSWRFS. YouTube.
  3. ^ Barrett, Dan (21 September 2011). "Review: Joy of Sets". Crikey. Private Media Pty Ltd. Retrieved 21 September 2011.
  4. ^
  5. ^ "Peter Phelps shares the story of his grandfather who made it home from PNG via the Bulldog Track". Redland City Bulletin. 9 July 2018. Retrieved 6 August 2018.
  6. ^ "The other Kokoda trail". 2 August 2018. Retrieved 6 August 2018.

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