Peter O'Brien (actor)

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Peter O'Brien
Born(1960-03-25) 25 March 1960 (age 53)
South Australia, Australia
Years active1983–present
Spouse(s)Miranda Otto (2003–present)
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Peter O'Brien
Born(1960-03-25) 25 March 1960 (age 53)
South Australia, Australia
Years active1983–present
Spouse(s)Miranda Otto (2003–present)

Peter O'Brien (born 25 March 1960) is an Australian actor.

Early life[edit]

O'Brien was born at Murray Bridge, South Australia. Peter started off as a teacher at Mercedes College, a private Catholic College, in Springfield, Adelaide.


In the 1980s, Peter ventured into acting scoring a role in Australian television drama series. He played a regular role in short-lived soap opera Starting Out (1983), and had a guest role in Carson's Law (1983) followed by a brief appearance in Prisoner in 1984. He appeared in the The Henderson Kids. He was later a regular original cast member of soap Neighbours which began in 1985. As Shane Ramsay, he became one of the serial's most popular cast members, continuing in the series until 1987. He later played a leading regular role in drama series The Flying Doctors from 1988 until 1991.

O'Brien took on the role of surgical registrar Mr. Cyril "Scissors" Smedley in the popular BBC series Cardiac Arrest (TV series) through the second and third series between 1995 and 1996

More recently, he starred in television series Queer as Folk, White Collar Blue, Hell Has Harbour Views and Gossip Girl.

O'Brien has appeared in numerous mini-series, including The Day of the Roses and Through My Eyes (the story of Lindy Chamberlain). He has also guest starred on numerous television series, including Halifax f.p.. For his work, O'Brien has won Australian Film Institute and Logie Awards. He also appeared as Carl Morgan in Spellbinder: Land of the Dragon Lord, and he appeared in the 1998 Australian/Brisbane comedy television series of Minty. In 2009 he played Sydney underworld figure and racing identity George Freeman in the series Underbelly: A Tale of Two Cities.[1]

O'Brien was recently part of the cast of BBC Television series Casualty as a new consultant called Stitch.[2] He made his debut on 18 March 2007. He has also appeared in ITV1s police drama The Bill[3] in which he played Detective Inspector Peter Kavanaugh, a corrupt officer who seduces Detective Sergeant Samantha Nixon to gain information for the criminals he works for.

He appeared as Ed in "The Waters of Mars", the second of the 2009 specials of Doctor Who.[4]


O'Brien has won several acting awards in his career. He won two Logie Awards - one in 1987 for the 'Most Popular Actor' (for his role in Neighbours) and one in 2003 for the 'Most Outstanding Actor' (for his role in White Collar Blue).

Personal life[edit]

O'Brien is married to actress Miranda Otto,[5] with whom he has a daughter.


1993TaggartBill Hamilton1 Episode
1994The All New Alexei Sayle ShowDr Scott JordanRegular cast member, series 1
1995–1996Cardiac ArrestMr. Cyril "Scissors" SmedleyRegular cast member, series 2 & 3
1996Hotel de LoveNorman Carey
1999Queer as Folk (UK version)Cameron RobertsRegular Cast Member
1999Sabrina Down UnderDr. Julian Martin
1999Sally Marshall Is Not an AlienDavid lawsonSupporting Cast Member
1999See How They RunDon Morton/Cassidy
2000–2001Water RatsMatthew Grierson3 Episodes
2001Relic HunterAllan Devaut1 Episode
2002Young LionsDaryll Flynn1 Episode
The Pact (novel)Roy Folksdale
2002–2003White Collar BlueDet. Joe HillMain Cast Member
2003Code 11-14Det. McElroy
2004Through My Eyes: The Lindy Chamberlain StoryIan Barker Q.C.
The BillDI Peter Cavanaugh6 Episodes
2005Blue HeelersDr. Peter Nelson2 Episodes
Hell Has Harbour ViewsTim Sullivan
2006The ReturnTerry Stahl
Nightmares and Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen KingKeenan
Fatal Contact: Bird Flu in AmericaAlan
2007Gossip GirlPhotographer1 Episode
CasualtyTheo 'Stitch' Lambert18 Episodes
2008City HomicideWarren Endicot1 Episode
2009Underbelly: A Tale of Two CitiesGeorge Freeman10 Episodes
A World AwayJohn
Doctor WhoEd Gold1 Episode
X-Men Origins: WolverineJohn Howlett
Rogue NationJohn Stephen Jr
All SaintsSam Whittaker1 Episode
30 SecondsBill BrookerRegular Cast Member
2010Underbelly: The Golden MileGeorge Freeman3 Episodes
Dance AcademySebastian2 episodes
2013Love of my Life (film)Surgeon/Thomas


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