Alistair Petrie

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

Alistair led in The Following Events Are Based On A Pack Of Lies, a new five-parter by Sister for BBC1, available on iPlayer. He played Headmaster Michael Groff in Netflix’s hugely popular Sex Education. His extensive credits also include 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, Undercover, Funny Woman and Hugh Laurie’s adaptation of Why Didn’t They Ask Evans for Britbox. He recently completed photography a highly anticipated series for Disney+ for release this summerand has just finished filming the second series of Funny Woman.

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 The Cursed (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.

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Reviews for Pack of Lies

The Guardian


“Petrie is incredible at flipping between warm tenderness and cold menace”


“Chance is played by Alistair Petrie, who was fabulously horrid in The Night Manager but often gets trapped in establishment roles. He seizes his chance as a fork-tongued yet slightly accident-prone charlatan.”

“There is something thrilling about watching Alistair Petrie’s suave con man work his sinister magic.”



“Petrie was clearly having a ball as the scheming, silver-tongued scam artist.”

Pack of Lies trailer released

The first episode airs on BBC1 at 9pm on Tuesday 29 August, with all episodes released on iPlayer the same day.

The Evening Standard gives Pack of Lies 4* –  Petrie is a chillingly convincing Rob, turning on a dime between charming and threatening

Trailer available to view here.

Sex Ed 4

Trailer released for the fourth and final season of Sex Education!

Season four will release on Netflix on 21 September.

Funny Woman

Alistair will feature in Sky’s new comedy-drama Funny Woman, out on Thursday 9 Feb, starring Gemma Arterton alongside Rupert Everett, David Threlfall, Tom Bateman, Olivia Williams and Morwenna Banks. based on Nick Hornby’s bestselling novel Funny Girl, about Blackpool beauty queen Barbara Parker (Gemma Arterton) who takes 1960s London by storm, he plays the antagonistic Ted Sergeant, Head of Light Entertainment at the BBC, whose office Barbara first approaches.

The trailer is available to watch here.


Alistair Petrie features in the supernatural drama podcast Lusus for BBC Sounds, also airing on R4. Out 4 May.

Pack of Lies

Alistair will lead as Rob with Marianne Jean-Baptiste and Rebekah Staton in Sister’s The Following Events Are Based On A Pack Of Lies for the BBC. Filming is currently underway.

Why Didn’t They Ask Evans

Alistair can be seen in Hugh Laurie’s much-anticipated adaptation of Agatha Christie’s Why Didn’t They Ask Evans, streaming from 14 April on BritBox.

A Good Read

Alistair Petrie’s Radio 4 Good Read, Joan Didion’s mediation on grief, The Year of Magical Thinking, airs at 4.30pm on 8 March and 11pm on 11 March.

Reviews for The Cursed

Washington Post

  • ‘Good-looking, moody atmosphere’
  • ‘Stylish and scary’ 


Austin Culture Map

  • ‘Holbrook, Kelly Reilly, and perennial bad guy Alistair Petrie are the biggest names in the cast, and they play their scenes effectively’


The Aisle Seat

  • ‘Petrie and Holbrook are both good portraying different sides of the same coin – denial and reality.’


Horror Fuel

  • ‘The cast is fantastic’
  • ‘Each part played to perfection’
  • ‘Compelling, interesting, fresh and frightening’


Original Cin

  • ‘(Petrie & Holbrook) Both characters fulfill their roles with the requisite amount of puritanical irony, rage, and grave determination.’


LA Times

  • ‘Serious, bold and artful werewolf movie’



  • ‘An evocative, often beautiful, riff on the werewolf subgenre’



  • ‘The cast sell the story’


The Cursed

Sean Ellis’ The Cursed, starring Alistair Petrie alongside Kelly Reilly and Boyd Holbrook, is to be released in the US on Friday 18 February. Alistair’s performance has been singled out for praise in his portrayal of the emotionally distant and ruthless Seamus Laurent, as he shows ‘caluclated selfishness and stubborness’. Alistair’s ‘rather haunting performance’ as one of the leading characters piqued critics’ interest in the ‘outright chilling’ film that was dubbed ‘one of the best horror films of the year’ after its Sundance premiere. (Flickering Myth,, Screenscene)


Deep Heat

Alistair joins an ensemble cast in this new wrestling sitcom by Slam Films for ITV2, written and created by comedy duo Max & Ivan. Following Johanna James as Holly, she joins the Boss Pro wrestling company crew while they look toward a summer of slams and self-discovery. Deep Heat launches on 28 March.

Why Didn’t They Ask Evans? for Britbox

Alistair plays the Rev Richard Jones in Hugh Laurie’s adaptation of Agatha Christie’s novel, Why Didnt They Ask Evans. Following several highly regarded remakes of Christie classics by Agatha Christie Ltd, Britbox commissioned this three-parter which follows Bobby Jones, a young naval officer investigating the death of a man whose last words asked the titular question with his childhood friend, Lady Frances ‘Frankie’ Derwent. Why Didn’t They Ask Evans is slated for a spring release.

Sex Education Reviews

Reviews for Sex Education:

  • “…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


  • “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 joined the cast of new Fox series Deep State.

Alistair Petrie in 'Hampstead'

Alistair Petrie plays Steve Crowley in the 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 15 December 2016.

Alistair Petrie in 'The Terror'

Alistair Petrie appeared 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 played 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, was nominated 12 times at the 2016 Emmy Awards, including Best Limited Series.

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 released 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, which also stars Sophie Okonedo and Adrian Lester.


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 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 in the US on AMC.