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Peter Sullivan ( born 26 July 1964 at Hoddesdon,Hertfordshire) is a theatre, film and television actor known mainly for new work with theatre companies and writers from both Europe and the United States. He joined the National Youth Theatre in 1982 where he played Edmond in King Lear and then joined the Old Vic Youth Theatre playing the title role in Macbeth. He studied at Central School of Speech and Drama from 1983-1986 and then in New York under Uta Hagen at HB Studio.

In 1988 he joined the Catalan performance group La Fura Dels Baus and toured the world with them in their trilogy of spectacles Accions, Suz/O/Suz and Tier Mon. In 1990 he was asked by Deborah Warner to join the National Theatre in London to tour King Lear and Richard III, directed by Richard Eyre, staying on to play in Napoli Millionaria as part of the Lyttelton Theatre company. He also worked extensively at the National Theatre Studio with Simon Usher and where he formed The Actors' Group. He left the National to work with David Freeman, playing Pentheus in Opera Factory's Bacchae at the Queen Elizabeth Hall before moving into television to play the lead in Dick Clement and Ian Le Frenais' sit-com Over The Rainbow.

He was nominated for the Evening Standard Best Newcomer award for his portrayal of Ray in Simon Bennet's Drummers directed by Max Stafford-Clark at the New Ambassadors in London's West End. He also played SS Colonel Karl Schoengarth in the multi-award winning B.B.C./H.B.O film Conspiracy written by Loring Mandel and directed by Frank Pierson. He then played Jack the Ripper in Jonathan Kent's revival of Wedekind's Lulu in a new version by Nicolas Wright which started at the Almeida theatre before transferring to the Kennedy Centre in Washington D.C.

He has worked extensively for Peter Gill, appearing in both Way of the World and Certain Young Men at the Almeida Theatre, as well as in a number of plays at the Royal Court Theatre, contributing to their recent book Inside Out. At the Court he played The Husband in Debbie Tucker Green's Stoning Mary directed by Marianne Elliott, originated the role of Ferdinand in Tom Stoppard's Rock n Roll directed by Trevor Nunn which transferred to the West End and Broadway as well as playing Cash in Dominic Cooke's first play as artistic director, The Pain and The Itch by the American writer Bruce Norris. Most recently he played Mortensgaard in Antony Page's acclaimed revival of Ibsen's Rosmersholm in a new version by Mike Poulson, once again at the Almeida.

He has appeared in numerous television shows, both as regular and guest characters and in a number of films, both studio pictures as well as lower budget films in the U.K. and Spain.

From 1987-1993 he was married to the Catalan writer and broadcaster Anna Klamburg.They have one son, the musician Jake "Jacobo" Sullivan.

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