Peter Firth Biography
Peter Firth (Peter Macintosh Firth) was born on 27th October 1953 in Bradford, United Kingdom to publicans Mavis and Eric Macintosh Firth. He is an actor popularly known for his role as Sir Harry Pearce in the BBC One show Spooks.
He attended Hanson School in Bradford. On 17 July 2009 he was awarded an honorary degree by the University of Bradford as a Doctor of Letters for his services to acting, having been nominated by the School of Computing, Informatics & Media; he received his award during the school’s degree ceremony.
Peter Firth Victoria
Victoria is a eight-part drama. The monarch’s life is chronicled as the story begins with the death of King William IV in 1837, her accession to the throne at the tender age of 18 and her relationships with the influential forces around her. With the advice of the prime minister Lord Melbourne and the support of her husband Prince Albert the young queen flourishes and establishes herself in her newfound role.
Peter Firth Age
Peter Firth was born on 27th October 1953 in Bradford, United Kingdom.
Peter Firth Family
His parents are publicans Mavis (née Hudson) and Eric Macintosh Firth.
Colin Firth Brother
He has a brother Jonathan Firth who is an actor best known for his roles in such noted British television productions as Middlemarch, Far from the Madding Crowd, and Victoria & Albert.
Peter Firth Children
He has four children Rory Firth, from his first marriage, Amy, Alex and James Firth from his second.
Peter Firth Girlfriend
He has been dating Alexandra Pigg since 2010.
Peter Firth Wife
Firth has been married three times. He married Alexandra Pigg on Christmas Eve 2017, the couple had briefly dated after they played a couple in Letter to Brezhnev. During an interview for BBC Breakfast in April 2017 they explained that they met again in 2010 and have been in a relationship since then.
Peter Firth and Colin Firth – Peter Firth related to Colin Firth
Peter and Colin Firth are both English actors but they are not related only that they share a surname.
Peter Firth Movies and TV Shows
- 2002 – 2011: Spooks
- 2016: Risen
- 2015: Spooks: The Greater Good
- 1985: Lifeforce
- 1990: The Hunt for Red October
- 2001: Pearl Harbor
- 1998: Mighty Joe Young
- 1977: Joseph Andrews
- 1995: An Awfully Big Adventure
- 1971: Here Come the Double Deckers
- 1985: Letter to Brezhnev
- 2005: The Greatest Game Ever Played
- 1999: Chill Factor
- 1979: Tess
- 1993: Shadowlands
- 1977: Equus
- 1991: Prisoner of Honor
- Since 2012: World Without End
- 2011: South Riding
- 1976: Aces High
- 1990: The Rescuers Down Under
- 1979: When You Comin’ Back, Red Ryder?
- 1997: The Garden Of Redemption
- 1972: Brother Sun, Sister Moon
- Since 2016: Victoria
- 1987: Northanger Abbey
- 1992 – 2010: Heartbeat
- 2015 – 2016: Dickensian
- 1990: The Incident
- 1988: Prisoner of Rio
- 1976: The Picture of Dorian Gray
- 1994: White Angel
- 1969 – 1973: The Flaxton Boys
- 1997 – 1998: The Broker’s Man
- 1980: The Flipside of Dominick Hide
- 1993: The Perfect Husband
- 2004: Hawking
- 1974: Diamonds on Wheels
- 2014: Undeniable
- 1997: Gaston’s War
- 1996: Merisairas
- 2000 – 2002: That’s Life
- 1982: Fire and Sword
- 2002: Me & Mrs. Jones
- 1984: White Elephant
- 1992: The Pleasure Principle
- 1989: Tree of Hands
- 1991: Murder in Eden
- Since 1995: Resort to Murder
- Marco Polo: The Missing Chapter
Peter Firth Interview
Source: BBC UK
Can you tell us about Malcolm’s work in the community?
Peter Firth: With Malcolm you’ve got a slightly patronising attitude towards the other people in the town because he thinks that he knows better than them. He certainly knows better about urban planning and how their lives should be ordered in terms of their structure of the buildings around them. Hence the new housing development he wants to build, and that must be very hurtful to him, to have permission refused. So there’ll be a revenge element there, getting your own back on a society that doesn’t want your best work.
Can you tell us a bit more about your character?
Peter Firth: Malcolm is quite typical of many men who are trapped by circumstance. By that I mean the circumstances of his life and what has become of his life in middle age, which is very often for people a disappointment. Unfortunately at that point it’s often too late to do anything about it because people have either lost the will or the ability, physically and in their imagination, to change their life. So they get stuck in a less than idyllic domestic situation which clearly he is, and consequently they look for outlets and often those outlets are secret.
Would you say Malcolm resents his wife Gail for the way his life has turned out?
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Peter Firth: Resents is one word, but that’s a mild word I think, for she is his jailer, and often in those situations you’re in love with your jailer. I think that’s called the Stockholm syndrome. That exists not only in hostage situations, but also in domestic situations as well, and people are so in love / in hate, or in a loving/loathing relationship with their jailer. Gail is very much the keeper of Malcolm’s keys. Again, that’s when people will do things secretly and are able to have some outlets without them knowing about it.
You only had the first few scripts when filming started. Is it difficult to play a part when you don’t necessarily know the outcome?
Peter Firth: It’s not difficult because that’s life. You don’t know the outcome of your life. You don’t know what the outcome of events will be, or what’s going to happen this afternoon or next week, and so there’s a truth to that. I just played it for the director who had several versions in mind on how it might turn out. I gave him several versions of every scene. That’s very much the case in film and TV – actors are not the prime movers, we’re very much just the paint to the director and the editor’s brush and canvas. We provide the colours but they make the strokes.
What made you want to play this role?
Peter Firth: It was a bit of a departure for me, from what I’m mostly known for which is Spooks, so I felt this was a change. It’s always nice to put on different shoes. On the other hand nobody knows how you take your tea! So you have to go through all of the familiarity of the work situation. It’s always nice to have a change of course.