Alistair Petrie

Alistair trained at LAMDA and has worked extensively on stage and on screen.

His numerous television credits include playing Headmaster Groff in Sex Education (Series 1 and 2), George White in Deep State (Series 1 and 2), and Sandy Langbourne in the highly acclaimed The Night Manager for the BBC. Other credits include Year of the Rabbit, The Terror, Sherlock, Lucan, Utopia and Undercover 

Alistair’s film credits include playing General Draven in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (d. Gareth Edwards), Rush (d. Ron Howard), Face of an Angel (d. Michael Winterbottom), Cloud Atlas (d.  Wachowskis) and Sulphur & White (d. Julian Jarrold) and starring alongside Kelly Reilly and Boyd Holbrook in Eight for Silver (d. Sean Ellis)

Notable stage appearances include Shakespeare in Love, The Importance of Being Ernest, and Brand in the West End, His Dark Materials at the National Theatre, and Troilus and Cressida for the RSC

Alistair has just finished filming the third series of Sex Education for Netflix and has recently been confirmed to star in Hugh Laurie’s three-part adaptation of Agatha Christie’s murder-mystery Why Didn’t They Ask Evans? for Britbox.

Why Didn’t They Ask Evans? for Britbox

Alistair is set to star in Hugh Laurie’s three-part adaptation of Agatha Christie’s Why Didn’t They Ask Evans? for Britbox as the character Rev. Richard Jones. Production begins June 2021.

Sex Education Reviews

Reviews for Sex Education are out!

  • “…a tremendous Alistair Petrie” The Hollywood Reporter
  • “A sweet, progressive British dramedy, Sex Education blends teen sex-romp tropes with a refreshing level of empathy.” Entertainment Weekly
  • Sex Education is destined to be Netflix teen show royalty.” Refinery 29
  • “…snort-out-loud funny” Financial Times
  • “Sex can, as Jean warns, destroy lives. But it can also provide the explicit, delicate subject matter for a standout new teen comedy like this one.” Rolling Stone
  • “Sex Education” is a birds-and-bees comedy I’d endorse for both teenagers and parents of teenagers” The New York Times
  • ” Here is a series that pulls off a curious trick: It’s a woke raunch comedy, replete with graphic and humiliating sexual experiences, yet bent on using them in a very sincere way.” The Atlantic

Sex Education

Alistair has been cast in Sex Education alongside Gillian Anderson and Asa Butterfield. The series will premiere next year

Reviews of The Terror

The Terror started this week on AMC and the reviews are in:

  • “If you’ve been waiting for the latest piece of genre obsession by way of prestige TV, get ready for The Terror” Collider
  • “”AMC’s The Terror – a very lavishly and meticulously produced historical drama that blends fact with a fiction, taking a few supernatural liberties where vast swaths of unknown live and gaps in knowledge reside – is off to a good, though icy (pun intended), start” IGN
  • “So it’s worth raising a glass of your best, oldest brandy to AMC’s new miniseries The Terror an effective and fascinating blend of horror and historical drama, which manages to generate considerable suspense and horror in a format that seems designed to undercut it.” GQ
  • “AMC’s The Terror is a near masterpiece of survival horror” Vox
  • “One of the most harrowing things about The Terror is just how human all of these characters are.” Vulture
  • “Immersive and atmospheric, “The Terror” is the kind of voyage that the limited-series format allows, a 10-episode quest into the unknown that crafts a supernatural flight from a historical footnote.” CNN
  • “Any series with a title like The Terror has certain expectations baked in: dissonant music, jump scares, a monster of the week, perhaps. Remarkably, AMC’s new series has none of the above yet it’s still perhaps the most terrifying show to air in recent memory.” Vanity Fair
  • The Terror can be scary, but it’s real achievement is climatological. The freeze is tangible. When you watch it, wear a sweater” Entertainment Weekly 
  • “The best news, then, about AMC’s The Terror is this: The series never bests Simmons’s book, but it is powerfully, pleasurably harrowing in its own right.” The Village Voice
  • “Executive-produced by Ridley Scott, this eerie retelling of what might have happened to the crew of a doomed expedition boasts a scary start” The Guardian

Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen

Alistair has joined the cast of Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen.

Deep State

Alistair Petrie joins cast of new Fox series Deep State.

Alistair Petrie in 'Hampstead'

Alistair Petrie plays Steve Crowley in the newly released rom-com Hampstead, also starring Brendan Gleeson and Diane Keaton.


Alistair Petrie in 'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story"

Alistair Petrie plays General Draven in the hugely anticipated Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, the latest instalment in the Star Wars franchise.

Rogue One was released in the UK on December 15th 2016.

Alistair Petrie in 'The Terror'

Alistair Petrie will appear in 5 episodes of upcoming TV series The Terror, for Scott Free productions.

Alistair Petrie in 'Genius: Einstein'

Alistair Petrie joins the cast of Genius: Einstein, for Fox 21/National Geographic. Alistair will play Professor Weber in the series, directed by Ron Howard.

'The Night Manager' nominated for 12 Emmy Awards

The Night Manager, in which Alistair Petrie played series regular Sandy Langbourne, has been nominated 12 times at this year’s Emmy Awards, including Best Limited Series.

Harley & the Davidsons

Alistair Petrie recently completed filming the role of Edsel Ford on Harley & the Davidsons, an upcoming TV series for Discovery Channel/Raw TV.

Based on the origins of the motorcycle brand, Harley & the Davidsons will air on the Discovery Channel in September 2016.

Alistair Petrie in 'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story'

Alistair Petrie appears in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, the first Star Wars Anthology film.

Rogue One is set for release in December 2016.

Watch Alistair in the official teaser trailer here.

Alistair Petrie in 'Undercover'

Alistair plays series regular Robert Greenlaw in Peter Moffat’s new six-part BBC drama, Undercover.

The series, which also stars Sophie Okonedo and Adrian Lester, plays Sundays at 9pm on BBC One until May 8th.

Alistair Petrie in 'Kicking Off'

Alistair Petrie stars as Anthony Greaves, the referee, in independent feature film Kicking Off, which premiered in the UK at the end of April 2016.

The film, directed by Matt Wilde, won the award for Best British Film at Raindance Festival 2015, and recently played at the prestigious Guadalajara Film Festival in March 2016.

Watch the trailer, here.

Alistair Petrie in 'The Night Manager'

Alistair plays Sandy Langbourne, Richard Roper’s (Hugh Laurie) right-hand-man, in the BBC’s highly acclaimed adaptation The Night Manager. 

The series aired in the UK in early 2016, and is currently showing in the US on AMC.