11 December 1959 |
Manchester, Lancashire, England
In August 1983, he won the part of Terry Duckworth in the long-running British soap opera Coronation Street. Pivaro left the soap in 1987 but returned in 1992, making many re-appearances throughout the 1990s and early 2000s. His last appearance was on January 28, 2008 when his character attended the funeral of his mother Vera. He is reappearing in the street in April 2012. Apart from Coronation Street Pivaro made guest appearances in the television series Hetty Wainthropp Investigates and Expert Witness. He also appeared in The Sunny Side of the Street for Channel Four and made a cameo appearance in the film 24 Hour Party People'
Pivaro has acted in many theatre productions, including Wuthering Heights, What the Butler Saw, A Taste of Honey, The Tempest, Greek, An Evening with Gary Lineker co-starring Paul Ritter, Funny Peculiar, A View from the Bridge and Up and Under, most recently alongside fellow soap actor John Altman in the John Godber play Bouncers in 2003. In 1987, he won the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 1st in the play No Further Cause for Concern.
In 2006, Pivaro became a journalist, working for the Manchester Evening News and then the Tameside Reporter in Stalybridge. He is now a freelance journalist, contributing regularly to the Daily Star, Daily Mirror and Daily Express newspapers. He has also written and presented documentary films for the BBC Inside Out series, including "Regeneration Game"(2007) which challenged the Government backed Housing Market Renewal programme and criticised its treatment of residents who were forced out of their neighbourhoods to make way for more affluent people. This was short listed for a Royal Television Society award in the best Current Affairs programme category. In 2009, Pivaro wrote and presented "The Battle for St. Michael's" for BBC's Inside Out. In January 2010, Pivaro appeared alongside Salford Star editor Stephen Kingston on BBC Newsnight in a film about the effects of regeneration in Salford.
In 2010, Pivaro presented a lecture at the University of Wolverhampton on his experiences while reporting on regeneration and participated in a special Radio 4 Today programme with Evan Davis where he criticised the Media City development at Salford Quays, calling it a 'Cathedral of Corporatism' with few opportunities for locals and small business.
Pivaro graduated in 2003 from the University of Salford with an Honours degree in Contemporary Military and International History. In 2006, he graduated from the University of Wales in Aberystwyth with an MSc in Social Science and Economics, specialising in terrorism and international relations. At University he was nicknamed Piv. Pivaro is a Salford City Reds supporter. In November 2012 he did a reading at Bill Tarmey's funeral.