Actor, presenter, 80’s Blue Peter man, former Chief Scout, Peter has a TV, Film and Theatre career that has spanned five decades. A self confessed adventurer he is never happier than when in the thick of it such as competing in BBC1’s acrobatic extravaganza Tumble or producing, writing and directing his own Pantomimes around the UK.
He began his acting career on stage joining Olivier’s National Theatre and spent the 70’s working exclusively as actor. After his Blue Peter days he began to appear in musical theatre roles such as Barnum, Bill Snibson in Me and my Girl and as Charlie Chaplin in The Little Tramp. In 1995 he was nominated for an Olivier award as Best Actor in a musical playing Denry Machin in The Card. Over the last few years he has played Charlie Peace for Nottingham Playhouse and Jack Firebrace in the national tour of Birdsong. He took on the roles of Macduff in Macbeth and Fantastic Mr Fox at the Open Air Theatre in Regent’s Park and recently toured as Wilbur in Hairspray. He is currently appearing in his one-man show The Dame around the country.
In 2001 he directed and filmed a six part documentary series called Travel Bug for the BBC in which he, his partner Annie and their four children backpacked their way around the world. In the two follow up series their adventure travels took them to China and India. He produced and starred in a 26 part slapstick comedy TV series called Demolition Dad for Five. He competed in Channel 4’s The Games and Celebrity Total Wipeout in which he lost the final by one second. He has also appeared on Through the Keyhole three times!
His work as an actor on TV has included The Childhood Friend, Sons and Lovers, Renoir My Father, Warship, Fathers and Families, Sam, Fallen Hero, Survivors, King Cinder, Oranges and Lemons, The Flockton Flyer and Space 1999. His Film credits include Stardust, Quilp, and a famous cameo in Flash Gordon in which he was bitten by a tree monster and died.
He was awarded a Gold Blue Peter badge for his volunteer work as Chief Scout, the leader of UK’s half a million scouts and he is co-founder of The Natural Adventure Company. He is running this year’s London Marathon for a new charity called Clothe Me – Thank You providing vouchers for the homeless and rough sleepers that they can exchange at nominated charity shops for clothes of their choice. Clothemethankyou.com heresoneimadeearlier.com thenaturaladventure.com @peterduncans