Peter began his stage career when he joined Olivier’s National Theatre and spent the 1970’s working exclusively as actor. After a stint in repertory theatre playing roles such as Billy Liar and Alan Strang in 'Equus', he began a TV career playing leading roles in productions such as 'The Childhood Friend', 'Sons and Lovers', 'Renoir My Father', 'Warship', 'Sam', 'Fallen Hero', 'Survivors', 'King Cinder', 'Oranges and Lemons', 'The Flockton Flyer', 'Space 1999'.
His feature film credits include 'Stardust', 'Quilp', and a famous cameo in 'Flash Gordon' when was he killed by a tree monster.
Peter has also appeared in many iconic 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'. He toured in Alan Ayckbourn‘s 'Things We Do For Love', played the twins in 'Corpse' and appeared as Stan Laurel in a production of 'Laurel and Hardy'. He played the roles of Macduff in 'Macbeth' and 'Fantastic Mr Fox' at the Open Air Theatre in Regent’s Park.
Most recently Peter played the title role in 'Charlie Peace - His Amazing Life And Outstanding Legend' at Nottingham Playhouse and Coventry Belgrade's B2, for which he received much critical acclaim.
He joined 'Blue Peter' in 1980 and became a household name. He went on to make 'Duncan Dares', a series that played on his adventurous image with stunts such as driving across the Irish Sea in a VW Beetle and walking the high wire.
Peter has filmed and produced a travel documentary series 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 made for Channel Five were seen in 'Chinese Breakaway' and 'Arthur’s Trip To India'.
Other TV credits include the 26 part slapstick comedy series 'Demolition Dad', Channel 4’s 'The Games,' 'Total Wipeout' and 'Pointless Celebrities.'
Peter has a long association with pantomime as his childhood was spent watching his parents, who produced pantomimes, and this year he is once again writing and directing Robin Hood for Oxford Playhouse.
He is currently Children’s Art Champion for Action for Children’s Arts and a patron of Youth Music Theatre. Following his tenure as Chief Scout, he was given a Gold Blue Peter badge for his work as leader of the UK’s half a million scouts.
Peter’s website is heresoneimadeearlier.com Twitter @peterduncans