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Peter Davison

Highest Rated:   80% Black Beauty (1994)
Lowest Rated:   80% Black Beauty (1994)
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Birthplace:   Streatham, London, England, UK
Peter Moffett, now better known by his stage name Peter Davison, was born on13 April 1951 in the Streatham area of London. In 1961, he and his family -parents Sheila and Claude (an electrical engineer who hailed from BritishGuiana) and his sisters Barbara, Pamela and Shirley - moved to Woking inSurrey, where Davison was educated at the Maphill School. It was here thathe first became interested in acting, taking parts in a number of schoolplays, and this eventually led to him joining an amateur dramatic society,the Byfleet Players. On leaving school at the age of sixteen, havingachieved only modest academic success with three O Levels of undistinguishedgrades, he took a variety of short-lived jobs ranging from hospital porterto Hoffman press operator. He was still keen to pursue an acting career,however, and so applied for a place at drama school. He was accepted intothe Central School of Speech and Drama and stayed there for three years.Davison's first professional acting work came in 1972 when, after leavingdrama school in the July of that year, he secured a small role in a run of"Love's Labour's Lost" at the Nottingham Playhouse. This marked the start ofa three-year period in which he worked in a variety of different repertorycompanies around the UK, often in Shakespearean roles. He then made histelevision debut, playing a blond-wigged space cowboy character called Elmerin "A Man for Emily", a three-part story in the Thames TV children's series"The Tomorrow People" (1973), transmitted in April 1975. Appearing alongsidehim in this production was his future wife, American-born actress SandraDickinson, whom he had first met during a run of "A Midsummer Night's Dream"in Edinburgh. They married on 26 December 1978 in Dickinson's home town ofRockville in Maryland, USA. Davison spent the following eighteen monthsworking as a file clerk at Twickenham tax office. He also took theopportunity to pursue an interest in singing and song-writing, which led himto record several singles with his wife. He later provided the theme tunesfor a number of TV series, including "Mixed Blessings" (1978) and "ButtonMoon" (1980). Davison played the romantic lead, Tom Holland in _"Love forLydia" (1978) (mini)_, a London Weekend Television (LWT) period drama serialtransmitted in 1977. His greatest acting success came when he played Tristanin the BBC's "All Creatures Great and Small" (1978), based on the books ofcountry vet James Herriot, a highly successful series, which ran initiallyfor three seasons between 1978-1980. His success in "All Creatures Great andSmall" brought him many other offers of TV work. Amongst those that he tookup were lead roles in two sitcoms: LWT's "Holding the Fort" (1980), in whichhe played Russell Milburn, and the BBC's "Sink or Swim" (1980), in which heplayed Brian Webber. Three seasons of each were transmitted between 1980 and1982, consolidating Davison's position as a well-known and populartelevision actor. He announced he was taking the lead role in "Doctor Who"(1963) on the BBC's lunchtime magazine programme "Pebble Mill at One", on 3December 1980, when he discussed with the presenter a number of costumeideas sent in by viewers and was particularly impressed by a suggestion fromone of a panel of young fans assembled in the studio that the new Doctorshould be 'like Tristan Farnon, but with bravery and intellect'. Hisappearance in "The Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy" (1981), was recorded on19 December 1980 and transmitted on 2 February 1981, by which time theviewing public were well aware that he would soon be taking over the leadrole in Doctor Who. There was in fact only a month to go before he wouldmake his on-screen debut in the series - albeit a brief one, in theregeneration sequence at the end of "Logopolis". His first full story was in"Castrovalva", the first story of season nineteen transmitted on 4 January1982. His final story was season twenty-one's story "The Caves ofAndrozani". The final episode of this story was transmitted on 16 March1984. He became a father when on Christmas day 1984 his wife gave birth to adaughter, Georgia Elizabeth, at Queen Charlotte's Hospital in London. Tenyears later, however, his marriage to Dickinson broke down and theyseparated. Although he has taken occasional roles in theatre, radio andfilm, most of the actor's work has been in the medium for which he is bestknown: television. His credits have included regular stints as Henry Myersin "Anna of the Five Towns" (1985) (mini), as Dr. Stephen Daker in "A VeryPeculiar Practice" (1986), as Albert Campion in "Campion" (1989) and asClive Quigley in "Ain't Misbehavin" (1994) all for the BBC, and as Ralph inYorkshire TV's "Fiddlers Three" (1991). In addition, he has reprised hispopular role of Tristan Farnon on a number of occasions for one-off specialsand revival seasons of "All Creatures Great and Small". He has also returnedseveral times to the world of Doctor Who. In 1993 he appeared as the fifthDoctor in "Dimensions in Time", a brief two-part skit transmitted as part ofthe BBC's annual Children in Need Charity appeal, and in 1985 he narrated anabridged novelisation of the season twenty-one story "Warriors of the Deep"for BBC Worldwide's Doctor Who audio book series. In addition, he hasappeared in a number of video dramas produced by Bill Baggs Video. In 2003and 2004 he appeared as quiet and unassuming detective 'Dangerous' Davies in"The Last Detective" (2003), the Meridian TV adaptations of Leslie Thomas'snovels.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Micro Men
  • Actor
2009
No Score Yet Doctor Who: Time Crash
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet Being Doctor Who
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet Behind the Sofa: Robert Holmes and Doctor
  • Actor
2003
No Score Yet Parting Shots
  • John
1999
No Score Yet Masterpiece Theatre
  • Joseph Lockwood
1998
No Score Yet The Stalker's Apprentice
  • Maurice Burt
1998
No Score Yet Wuthering Heights
  • Joseph Lockwood
1998
No Score Yet Wind in the Willows
  • Actor
1996
80% Black Beauty
  • Squire Gordon
1994
No Score Yet Doctor Who: Dimensions in Time
  • Actor
1993
No Score Yet Harnessing Peacocks
  • Jim
1992
No Score Yet 'Doctor Who': The Colin Baker Years
  • Actor
1991
No Score Yet 'Doctor Who' Who's Who
  • Actor
1986
No Score Yet Doctor Who - The Caves of Androzani
  • Actor
1984
No Score Yet Doctor Who - The Five Doctors
  • Actor
1983
No Score Yet Doctor Who - Four to Doomsday
  • Actor
1982
No Score Yet Doctor Who - Kinda
  • Actor
1982
No Score Yet Doctor Who - Castrovalva
  • Actor
1982
No Score Yet Doctor Who - Logopolis
  • Actor
1981
No Score Yet Love For Lydia
  • Tom
1979
No Score Yet All Creatures Great and Small
  • Actor
1974

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
89% Doctor Who
2006
  • Appearing
  • Host
  • 2014
  • 2013
No Score Yet Law & Order: UK
2009-2014
  • Actor
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2011
No Score Yet Doctor Who: The Doctors Revisited
2013
  • The Doctor
  • 2013
No Score Yet Masterpiece
1971-2015
  • Peter Faulkner Joseph Lockwood
  • 2013
  • 1992
No Score Yet Death in Paradise
2011
  • Actor

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