Peter Barkworth

Last updated 09 January 2020

Peter Barkworth (1929-2006)
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Peter Wynn Barkworth

Born: Monday 14th January 1929
Died: Saturday 21st October 2006 (age: 77)


Peter Barkworth was an English actor.

He played Leader Clent in The Ice Warriors

He is best remembered for playing Mark Telford in the TV series Telford's Change. This series followed the life of a senior banking executive as he downsized to Dover to start his life over again.

Barkworth won a BAFTA for his roles in Professional Foul and The Country Party (both 1977). Barkworth also played the expatriate British novelist Hugh Neville in the episodes Guilt and Lost Sheep of Secret Army (1977). 

Later TV included the part of Stanley Baldwin in Winston Churchill: The Wilderness Years (1981), and the serials The Price (1985) and Late Starter (also 1985)

Barkworth appeared in numerous plays in the West End, notably as Edward VIII in Royce Ryton's Crown Matrimonial starring alongside Wendy Hiller at the Haymarket Theatre in 1972, a role which he repeated on TV two years later. He also devised a one-man show based on the work of Siegfried Sassoon.

His film career began in 1951 with A Touch of Larceny. He had subsequent roles in Where Eagles Dare (1968), Patton (1970) and International Velvet (1978). His last appearance was in the film Wilde in 1997. 

Barkworth was a member of the Council at RADA for 16 years during the 1980s and 1990s. His book About Acting – formerly titled The Complete About Acting – is often recommended reading for students and professional actors alike.