Peter Guinness

Peter trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama.

His numerous film credits include Official Secrets, King Arthur, Sleepy Hollow, The Saint, Alien 3 and Zack Snyder’s Justice League. Peter rounds off the lead cast alongside Joel Edgerton and Callum Turner in George Clooney’s new feature The Boys in the Boat, playing George Pocock, the 1936 US Olympic rowing team’s avuncular boat-builder, which had its theatrical release on 12 January.

Recent television credits include Pennyworth for Epix, Catch 22 for Hulu, Chernobyl for HBO, The Girlfriend Experience for Star, and he played the lead antagonist of series three of Jack Ryan for Amazon Prime. He has just completed photography on a new thriller by Bad Wolf for ITV, slated for release in 2024.

Peter’s theatre credits include leading roles at the Old Vic, RSC, Glasgow Citizen’s Theatre, the Royal Exchange Theatre, Young Vic and the Donmar Warehouse.


The Boys in the Boat

George Clooney’s long anticipated drama The Boys in the Boat has been released in the UK this January.

Peter rounds off the lead cast playing George Pocock, the English boat-builder for the 1936 US Olympic rowing team, whose beautiful craft (and wise, touching council) propel the Washington University rowing team to a stunning victory in the Berlin Olympics.

The story of a triumphant victory for a team born without the privileges of their Ivy League counterparts, with only grit and determination propelling the tight-knit team to the very top of their game, is a testament to the American Dream.

Jack Ryan Series 3

Series 3 of Amazon Prime’s hugely popular Jack Ryan is out. Peter is one of the leads as the main antagonist.

The Boys in the Boat

Peter has a leading role in George Clooney’s long awaited adaptation of The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown. As George Pocock, Peter plays the designer and builder of the boats which won the American rowing team their gold medals at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin.

Official Secrets

Peter featured alongside Keira Knightley in Official Secrets, playing her interrogator at Scotland Yard in this film which explored the morality of whistleblowing, patriotism and the legality of the controversial Iraq War.

Much Ado About Nothing

Reviews for Much Ado About Nothing at the Rose Kingston:

  • “Peter Guinness gives a consistently calm and measured performance” Broadway World
  • “There are sharply defined performances from Peter Guinness as a Don Pedro straight out of The Godfather, David Rintoul as a savagely authoritarian Leonato and Kate Lamb as a Hero rightly defiant towards the men who destroyed her reputation.” The Guardian
  • “Some of its best moments are the silliest: like the utterly batshit masked ball, featuring Beatrice pratting about in a giant inflatable cow costume” TimeOut
  • “Beneath its witty surface, Much Ado About Nothing is a powerful exploration of the struggle for love, identity and self-knowledge in a male-dominated world  as relevant today as ever.” London Theatre 1

Reviews are in for Richard III at the Arcola Theatre

Peter Guinness plays Buckingham in Richard III at the Arcola Theatre.

The press on Peter and Richard III:

  • “Peter Guiness’s Buckingham is willingly conniving for his own advantage.” Howard Loxton, British Theatre Guide.
  • “It is a performance to catch, a production in the round as always at the Arcola to admire.” Four Stars, Reviews Gate.
  • “Hicks is relatable to the masses, speaking the same language and looking as little like royalty as them. Surrounded by the equally sinister Buckingham (Peter Guinness) and Catesby (Matthew Sim), the trio make for a dark and deadly combination, executing their plans faultlessly, only to be eventually undone by each other.” Daniel Perks, Culture By Night.
  • “There are impressive performances from the 18-strong cast […] Among the men, Peter Guinness as a shrewdly watchful Buckingham” Four Stars, Michael Billington, The Guardian.

Peter Guinness in 'Richard III'

Peter Guinness will play Buckingham in Mehmet Ergen’s production of Richard III, playing at the Arcola Theatre from 11th May – 10th June.

Peter Guinness in 'The Last Boy'

Peter Guinness joined the cast of independent feature film The Last Boy, directed by Perry Bhandal.

Reviews in for Peter Guinness in 'After Independence'

After Independence receives 4 Star reviews.

The press on Peter and After Independence:

  • “With strong performances  especially from Peter Guinness as the ailing white farmer this is a beautiful production” – David Ralf, The Stage
  • “The cast thunder through the script, engaging in debates and confrontations. They all deliver passionate performances” – 4 STARS – Sam Pengelly, Plays to See
  • “As father Guy, Peter Guinness plays has huge presence and authority, undermined by the secret knowledge of his weakness, physical and psychological.” – 4 STARS – Jill Truman, Hackney Gazette
  • “A highly intelligent and thoughtful piece” – Chris Bennion, The Telegraph
  • ‘Guinness plays [Guy] with an unrepentant brusqueness, a strong man always demonstrating his strength…an insightful account of an impossible situation.” Matt Trueman, What’s On Stage
  • “…the four actors are good…Peter Guinness is all rugged truculence as the beleaguered Guy…’ Michael Billington, The Guardian
  • “…the performances, aided by George Turvey’s confident and restrained direction, are strong and compelling…Peter Guinness elicits some surprising sympathy as the defeated Guy Joy Francis, Words of Colour
  • “The cast attack their roles…an eloquent examination of two very different standpoints in a rapidly changing world.” Amy Yorston, British Theatre Guide
  • “Four strong performances” Alice Saville, Time Out
  • “Peter Guinness’ Guy is weathered and determined” Verity Healey, Exeunt

Peter Guinness stars as Guy in Papatango’s After Independence, at the Arcola Theatre until May 28th.

Full details here.

'After Independence' at the Arcola Theatre

Peter Guinness starred as Guy in After Independence, by May Sumbwanyambe and directed by George Turvey.

After Independence is produced by multi-award-winning new writing company Papatango, and will play at the Arcola Theatre from the 4th – 28th May.

For more information, click here.

Peter Guinness in 'The Crucible'

Peter Guinness played Deputy Governor Danforth in The Crucible directed by Caroline Steinbeis, at the Royal Exchange, Manchester.

The press on Peter and The Crucible:

  • “Peter Guinness is wonderfully cast as the Deputy Governor Darnforth. He brilliant inhabits a mindset which seems not to have a flicker of self-doubt. He conveys menace in every word and glance” – David Keyworth, Weekend Notes
  • “Peter Guinness…never puts a foot wrong” – Natalie Anglesey, Manchester Evening News
  • “Peter Guinness is the perfect choice” – David Chadderton, British Theatre Guide
  • “Standout performances from…Peter Guinness as Deputy Governor Darnforth”  The Arts Shelf
  • “Peter Guinness delivers a smooth performance as the inquisitor Darnforth” – Dominic Maxwell, The Times
  • “The ever-reliable Peter Guinness brings a compelling blend of both gentle fatherly authority and strict adherence to the letter of the law” – Jon Greenaway, The Manchester Review
  • “Peter Guinness’s ardent Deputy…[ratchets] up the pressure gage” – Matt Trueman, Whats On Stage
  • “Peter Guinness is genuinely scary as Danforth” – Rick Bowen, Messenger