Peter Polycarpou has had a hugely varied career in theatre, film, television and radio.
Poly, as he is known to many of his friends, appeared as Vernon Hines in the critically acclaimed production of Pajama Game at The Shaftesbury Theatre. More recently Peter stared in a new play with music at the Glasgow Citizens theatre called The Choir, written by Paul Higgins (The Thick Of It) and Ricky Ross (Deacon Blue).
More recently he play Buddy Fidler in the double Olivier Award winning production of City Of Angels at The Donmar Warehouse, directed by its Artistic Director, Josie Rourke.
Last Summer he played Nathan Detroit in Guys and Dolls at The Chichester Festival Theatre. There are now plans to bring this production to the West End around December and January 2015/16.
He played a leading role in the spectacular concert performances of Follies at The Royal Albert Hall in April 2015. See the pictures of rehearsals and performance here. Appearing alongside Christine Baranski pictured below and playing Buddy Plummer, these star-studded concerts have a been a huge hit with audiences. You can read more about them here.
He is currently recording a TV series and an announcement about that will be appearing within the next few weeks.
Peter starred alongside Jason Watkins in the BAFTA nominated Lost Honour Of Christopher Jefferies, directed by Roger Michell and written by Peter Morgan.
He also made an appearance at The National Theatre playing Inspector Messiter in The Magistrate, which starred John Lithgow and Nancy Carroll. It ran until February 10th 2013 at The Olivier Theatre.
He took time out of rehearsals to make a cameo appearance in Christopher Guest’s new comedy Family Tree.
His list of credits spans over three decades and his appearances on television, film and in the theatre have established him as one of the country’s busiest actors. He has performed in most of London’s West End Theatres. As Ali Hakim in Oklahoma! at The Lyceum, as Phil Cavilleri in Love Story at The Duchess, as Neville Craven in The Secret Garden at The Aldwych, as Daniel Warshovsky in Imagine This at The New London, The Phantom in Phantom Of The Opera at Her Majesties and as the original John in Miss Saigon at Drury Lane. He was also an original member of the Les Misérables company at The Barbican for the RSC and at The Palace Theatre in 1985 on its historic opening first year.
He played Beadle Bamford in the hugely successful production of Sweeney Todd starring Michael Ball and Imelda Staunton at The Adelphi Theatre for which he won a Broadway World Award, for Best Featured Actor in a Musical.
He created the role of Daniel Warshovsky in Imagine This at The New London Theatre and has starred alongside Hugh Jackman and Maureen Lipman, Madonna, Jonathan Pryce, Kevin Kline, Michelle Pfeiffer, Rachel Stirling, Philip Quast, Michael Ball, Imelda Staunton and many many more. Earlier this year he worked alongside American stage and screen actor John Lithgow who many people will know from the hugely successful American TV Show Third Rock From The Sun.
His television work has taken in sit-com with the hugely popular Birds Of A Feather and dramas have included Sunburn, EastEnders, Casualty, The Bill, The Last Days Of Lehman Brothers and Empathy. More recently he has been appearing in the new sit-com for Comedy Central ‘Threesome‘.
His film work has also included work with Alan Parker, Trevor Nunn and the legendary Irwin Winkler. His movies include Evita, De-Lovely, O Jerusalem, I Could Never Be Your Woman, Oklahoma! and in 2012 he starred in Cleanskin with Sean Bean and Charlotte Rampling. You can see the trailer for Cleanskin here with a number of other clips of his work.
A more detailed biography of Peter’s work can be found here. He started his career in 1979 at The Unicorn Theatre For Children and has been acting professionally for 32 years.
In 2013 he starred in The Pajama Game at The Minerva Theatre, Chichester playing Vernon Hines (pictured) in Sir Richard Eyre’s critically acclaimed production which also starred the Olivier Award winning Joanna Riding and Hadley Fraser.