Peter Serafinowicz

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Peter Serafinowicz
Peter Serafinowicz - Guardians of the Galaxy premiere - July 2014 (cropped).jpg
Serafinowicz at the Guardians of the Galaxy premiere in July 2014
Born Peter Szymon Serafinowicz
(1972-07-10) 10 July 1972 (age 44)
Liverpool, England, United Kingdom
Nationality British
Occupation Actor, voice actor, comedian, writer, musician, Music video director
Years active 1993–present
Spouse(s) Sarah Alexander
Children 2

Peter Szymon Serafinowicz (/sɛrəˈfɪnəvɪ/; born 10 July 1972) is an English actor, comedian, musician, writer, and voice artist. He is best known for playing Pete in Shaun of the Dead and providing the voice of Darth Maul in Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace. He has also appeared in a variety of British and American comedy series.

Early life[edit]

Serafinowicz was born 10 July 1972 in Liverpool.[1] He was raised Roman Catholic, is of Belarusian descent and attended Our Lady of the Assumption Primary School and St Francis Xavier Secondary School.[2][3]

Career[edit]

Serafinowicz at a panel for Look Around You, 2010 San Diego Comic-Con

Serafinowicz made his broadcasting debut in 1993 on Radio 1 show The Knowledge, a spoof documentary about the music industry. From there he went on to perform in Radio 4 shows Week Ending, Harry Hill's Fruit Corner, Grievous Bodily Radio, The Two Dannys and A Whole New Ball Game.

On 1 May 1997, he appeared in The Election Night Armistice as Moz Bingham, the fictional press secretary to the then shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer Gordon Brown, who verbally abuses and bullies the BBC's Nick Robinson in a spoof phone call over the politician's news coverage. In 1998 he appeared on TV in Comedy Nation and You are Here. He also had a role in the Simon Nye-penned sitcom How Do You Want Me?.

In 1999, he made a number of appearances in Channel 4 sitcom Spaced, playing principal character Tim Bisley's (Simon Pegg) nemesis, Duane Benzie. He made another appearance in the series when it returned in 2001. In 2001 Serafinowicz took the lead in BBC Two sitcom World of Pub, playing the same character as he had done in the show's run on Radio 4. He was also in The Junkies, an Internet sitcom. In 2002 the critically acclaimed Look Around You, a series of 10-minute 1970s school science video spoofs, debuted on BBC Two in which Serafinowicz played a scientist. He co-wrote the show alongside Robert Popper, whom he met on the set of Spaced. The show returned in 2005 as a spoof of the 1980s show Tomorrow's World, with Serafinowicz playing Peter Packard, one of the presenters.

In 2003, he appeared in another Nye-written sitcom, Hardware, in which he played the affable Kenny. He reprised this role in the second series in 2004. Also in 2004 he appeared in British rom-zom-com (romantic-zombie-comedy) Shaun of the Dead, playing Pete, the tidy flatmate of principal characters Shaun and Ed. He also appeared in boxing film The Calcium Kid. In Sixty Six, the 2006 British film about a Jewish boy whose Bar Mitzvah is scheduled for the same day as the 1966 FIFA World Cup Final, Serafinowicz plays Uncle Jimmy. In the week before the 2006 Academy Awards a video circulated on the Internet of a fake news item (called "O! News", a parody of E! News) about a new Oscar statue, in which Serafinowicz imitated Alan Alda, Paul McCartney and Al Pacino. A second O! News video later appeared, parodying the 2006 Apple Corps v. Apple Computer lawsuit. This attracted the interest of the BBC, and a pilot was commissioned for The Peter Serafinowicz Show. A full series was broadcast on BBC Two in 2007 (with a Christmas special in 2008). For his performance, Serafinowicz was presented with the Best Entertainer prize at the 2008 Rose d'Or ceremony.[4] The series was also nominated for Best Comedy Programme at the 2009 BAFTA Television Awards.[5]

Serafinowicz had also made a number of guest appearances on television, including the comedy shows Smack the Pony and Hippies (both 1999), Black Books (2000), I'm Alan Partridge (2002) and Little Britain (2003), comedy drama Murder Most Horrid (1999) and ITV drama series Agatha Christie's Marple (2005). He has made a number of guest appearances on both television and radio panel shows. He regularly appeared on The 99p Challenge and appeared on Have I Got News for You in 2005, 2006 and 2008, 8 out of 10 Cats in 2005, and QI in 2003. He also appeared on Friday Night with Jonathan Ross on 19 October 2007, Would I Lie to You? on 8 August 2008 and 30 July 2010 and Never Mind the Buzzcocks on 15 October 2009.

In 2008, Serafinowicz was working with Robert Popper on a new television series, as well as a website, based on a spoof religion "Tarvuism" for US network Adult Swim.[6] In 2009, he appeared in Universal Films' Couples Retreat as Sctanley, the manager of the Eden Resort, directed by Peter Billingsley.

In 2010, Serafinowicz directed the music video for Hot Chip's song "I Feel Better", their second single from the album One Life Stand. He followed this up in 2012 when he directed the music video for the band's song "Night & Day", the first single from their album In Our Heads. The video starred Lara Stone, Terence Stamp and Reggie Watts.

In 2010, he co-starred with Will Arnett in the FOX sitcom Running Wilde, devised by Arrested Development creator Mitchell Hurwitz. It premiered on Fox on 21 September 2010,[7] but was cancelled by the network after 13 episodes.

In June 2013, Serafinowicz provided the English language audiobook recording for the Roald Dahl novel Danny, the Champion of the World.[8] In July 2013 Serafinowicz made his movie directing debut with the dark comedy film I See What You Did There,[9] which he cowrote with Danny Wallace.[10]

In 2014 it was announced that Serafinowicz would play the role Crowley in the BBC Radio 4 adaption of Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman's novel Good Omens.[11]

In the same year Serafinowicz featured in Guardians of the Galaxy; playing Garthan Saal, a Denarian ranking pilot of the Nova Corps. Though his character died in that film, the actor is said to make an appearance in the 2017 sequel.[12]

He created the YouTube parodies "Donald Thump", in which he dubbed the voice of Donald Trump with a Cockney accent, and "Donald Thump" which was dubbed with a posh British accent.[13]

In 2015 it was announced that Serafinowicz is in the process of writing a television sitcom based on his Brian Butterfield character. He appeared in Series 9 of Doctor Who as The Fisher King thus being another Star Wars actor to appear in the longest running science fiction series along with David Tennant, David Prowse, Jeremy Bulloch and many others.[14]

In 2016 Serafinowicz posted a series of YouTube videos entitled "Sassy Trump", in which he adopts an impertinent voice with which he dubs speeches given by Donald Trump during Trump's 2016 presidential campaign.[15]

He currently stars as the lead role on Amazon's The Tick, the pilot for which premiered on 19 August 2016.[16]

Personal life[edit]

Serafinowicz is married to actress Sarah Alexander.[17]

In October 2007, Serafinowicz dropped his attempt to use the Human Rights Act to prevent the publication of details revealing his Belarusian grandfather as the first man in Britain to go on trial for Nazi war crimes under the War Crimes Act. Szymon Serafinowicz Sr. was charged with allegedly murdering three Jews while a police chief during the Nazi occupation of his native Belarus in World War II. He was found unfit for trial on grounds of dementia in 1997, and died later that year, aged 86.[18]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1999 Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace Darth Maul (voice) / Battle Droid Commander / Gungan Scout (voices)
2001 Calcium Scientist Short film; also writer and producer
2003 Hello Friend Email Voice-over Short film
2004 Shaun of the Dead Pete
2004 The Calcium Kid Dave King Credited erroneously as Peter Serafinowichz
2005 Ripley Under Ground Nigel
2006 Sixty Six Uncle Jimmy / Mr. Reubens, Sr. / Football Commentator
2007 Grindhouse Screaming Man Fake Don't trailer
2007 Run Fatboy Run Sports Commenator
2008 Tales of the Riverbank Various
2009 Couples Retreat Sctanley
2010 The Best and the Brightest Clark
2011 Killing Bono Hammond
2013 The World's End Knock-a-Door Run Home Owner Uncredited
2013 Underdogs Loco (voice) UK version
2014 Muppets Most Wanted Gulag Guard Uncredited
2014 SOS: Save Our Skins Andrew (voice)
2014 Food Club Narrator Short film
2014 Pudsey the Dog: The Movie Edward The Horse (voice)
2014 Guardians of the Galaxy Denarian Garthan Saal
2015 Spy Aldo
2016 Sing (voice) Completed
2017 Going in Style Murphy Completed
2017 An Ordinary Man Miro Completed

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1996 Spitting Image Jacques Chirac (voice) 2 episodes
1997 The Saturday Night Armistice Moz Bingham (voice)
1998 Comedy Nation Various
1998 Europigeon Terry Wogan (voice) Television film
1998 Alexei Sayle's Merry-Go-Round Voice-Over 6 episodes
1998 ITV Panto Second Henchman Episode: "Jack and the Beanstalk"
1998–1999 How Do You Want Me? Dean Yardley 9 episodes
1999 The Magical Legend of the Leprechauns George Fitzpatrck Television film
1999 Murder Most Horrid Tony Frost Episode: "Dinner at Tiffany's"
1999 Smack the Pony 2 episodes
1999 Sermon from St. Albion's Alastair Campbell 1 episode
1999 Hippies Narrator / Robin 2 episodes
1999–2001 Spaced Duane Benzie 3 episodes
2000 Black Books Howell Granger Episode: "The Big Lock-Out"
2000 The Junkies Big Al / Narrator Pilot
2001 World of Pub Garry / Various 6 episodes
2002 What a Cartoon! Butch (voice) Episode: "Colin Versus the World in "Mr. Lounge Lizard"
2002 I'm Alan Partridge Tex Episode: "Never Say Alan Again"
2002 15 Storeys High 2 episodes
2002–2005 Look Around You Scientist / Peter Packard Also creator, writer, producer, composer
2003 Little Britain Interviewer at Prime Minister's Questions Episode: "Biggest House of Cards"
2003–2004 Hardware Kenny 12 episodes
2006 Agatha Christie's Marple Walter Fane Episode: "Sleeping Murder"
2006 The IT Crowd Newsreader / Lift / Voice Over (voices) 3 episodes
2006–2015 South Park Darth Chef / Match Commenator Also creative consultant
2007–2008 The Peter Serafinowicz Show Various Also creator, writer, producer
2009 Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle Voice Over 6 episodes
2010 Whitechapel DCI Torbin Cazenove 3 episodes
2010–2011 Running Wilde Fa'ad Shaoulian 13 episodes
2011 Funny or Die Presents Puppet (voice) Segment: "The Terrys"
2011 This is Jinsy Eric Dunt Episode: "Cupboards"
2011–2013 Archer Various (voices) 3 episodes
2011–2013 NTSF:SD:SUV:: S.A.M. (voice) / Sagan 21 episodes
2012 The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret Tito the Cycling Lawyer Episode: "Todd and his Valet Arrive in Leeds and What They Saw Ther"
2012 The Secret Policeman's Ball 2012 Announcer (voice) / Paul McCartney
2012 Watson & Oliver Various 2 episodes
2012 Childrens Hospital Michael Caine (voice) Episode: "British Hospital"
2012 American Dad! Goran the Mutilator (voice) Episode: "Killer Vacation"
2012 Bad Sugar Rolph Cauldwell Pilot
2013 It's Kevin Bill Grundy 1 episode
2013 Playhouse Presents Roger Episode: "Hey Diddly Dee"
2013 Father Figure Karl Episode: "Chin Chin"
2013–2015 Parks and Recreation Edgar Covington 3 episodes
2013–2015 Axe Cop Various (voices) 8 episodes
2014 Adventure Time Lumpy Space Prince (voice) Episode: "The Prince Who Wanted Everything"
2014 Mr. Sloane Ross 6 episodes
2014 Gravity Falls Blind Ivan (voice) Episode: "Society of the Blind Eye"
2014 The Britishes Lord British 4 episodes
2015 Moonbeam City Nocturne von Groff (voice) Episode: "The Strike Visualizer Strikes Again"
2015 Doctor Who Fisher King (voice) Episode: "Before the Flood"
2015 Hunt the Truth Black Box 6 episodes
2015–2016 The Adventures of OG Sherlock Kush OG Sherlock Kush (voice)
2015–2016 TripTank Various (voices) 5 episodes
2016 The Tick The Tick Also producer

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2003 Warhammer 40,000: Fire Warrior Space Marine Captain Ardius (voice)
2013 Lego City Undercover Forrest Blackwell / Cornelius Burns / Jethro Hayes (voices)
2014 Dark Souls II Mild-Mannered Pate (voice)
2014 LittleBigPlanet 3 Dr. Maxim / El Jeff / Papal Mâché (voices)
2016 Deus Ex: Mankind Divided MacReady (voice)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Philby, Charlotte (29 August 2008). "My Secret Life: Peter Serafinowicz, Actor and comedian, age 36". The Independent.
  2. ^ "Exclusive Interview – Peter Serafinowicz". Hey Guys. 29 September 2011.
  3. ^ Pettie, Andrew (30 September 2007). "The floor is his". The Daily Telegraph. London. Retrieved 22 May 2010. [dead link]
  4. ^ "Rose d'Or Winners 2008" (PDF). Rose d'Or AG. 6 May 2008. Archived from the original (PDF) on 30 May 2008. Retrieved 7 May 2008. 
  5. ^ "Television Awards Nominations in 2009". BAFTA. 24 March 2009. Retrieved 29 March 2009. 
  6. ^ Powder Blue Internet Business Solutions. "Say 'Hebbo' to Tarvuism!". chortle.co.uk. 
  7. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (11 July 2010), "Peter Serafinowicz Joins 'Running Wilde'", Deadline Hollywood, retrieved 12 July 2010
  8. ^ "Danny, the Champion of the World". Penguin Books. Retrieved 20 November 2015
  9. ^ "Peter Serafinowicz Moves to Directing with 'I See What You Did There'". firstshowing.net. 15 July 2013. Retrieved 17 July 2013. 
  10. ^ "Peter Serafinowicz Directing I See What You Did There". empireonline.com. 16 July 2013. Retrieved 17 July 2013. 
  11. ^ Brown, Brigid (5 September 2014). "BBC Radio Brings Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett's Good Omens to Life". BBC America. Retrieved 6 September 2014. 
  12. ^ Cesista, Eve (25 March 2016). "'Guardians of the Galaxy 2' Actor Peter Serafinowicz Confirms 'The Tick' Role". Aussie Network News.
  13. ^ "Peter Serafinowicz has dubbed a Donald Trump speech with a cockney accent and it's hilarious". The Poke.
  14. ^ Cameron K McEwan (26 September 2015). "Peter Serafinowicz joins Doctor Who – more Star Wars actors who have done the same". metro.co.uk. Metro News. Retrieved 28 February 2016. 
  15. ^ Flint, Hanna (August 14, 2016). "Sassy Trump is the internet’s favourite version of Donald". Metro.
  16. ^ Goldman, Eric (18 August 2016). "The Tick: 'Pilot' Review". IGN.
  17. ^ Philby, Charlotte (30 August 2008). "My Secret Life: Peter Serafinowicz". The Independent. London. Retrieved 10 September 2008. 
  18. ^ Fletcher, Ewan (21 October 2007). "BBC star's grandfather faced Nazi war crimes trial". London: Daily Mail. Retrieved 6 September 2012. 

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