Christopher Gascoyne (born 31 January 1968)[1] is an English actor, who is known for his role as the seventh Peter Barlow in the soap opera Coronation Street since 2000. Gascoyne has been nominated for several accolades at the British Soap Awards for his portrayal of Peter Barlow.

Chris Gascoyne
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Gascoyne in February 2016
Christopher Gascoyne

(1968-01-31) 31 January 1968 (age 51)
Years active1985–present
TelevisionCoronation Street (2000–03, 2007–)
Spouse(s)Caroline Harding (m. 2002)

Early lifeEdit

Gascoyne was born on 31 January 1968 in Huthwaite, Nottinghamshire to Marian and Derrick Gascoyne. He attended Ashfield School, Kirkby in Ashfield.[2] Gascoyne trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama.[3]


One of his earliest roles was as Judd on Central TV's children's program Murphy's Mob. Gascoyne has acted in numerous television dramas, including the Central Television series for schools Starting Out, released in 1988. He has also had roles in Between the Lines and made an appearance in Murdoch Mysteries as David Jennings.[2] An appearance in Casualty is also another one of Gascoyne's credits.[2] Other appearances include his portrayal of Barry Kent in The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole and as Fusilier Tony Rossi in Soldier Soldier.[2][3]

Gascoyne was cast in the role of Peter Barlow, the seventh actor to portray the role, in Coronation Street.[2] His original spell occurred between 2000 and 2003, before making a brief return in 2007. During his absence after leaving in 2003, Gascoyne joined the cast of BBC drama New Street Law as Al Ware in 2006.[3] He returned the following year on a permanent basis, making his on-screen return on 30 October 2008.[4] Gascoyne took a four-month break from in July 2012,[5] before leaving at the end of his contract in November 2014.[6] He returned briefly in 2015 following the death of his co-star Anne Kirkbride,[7][8] with Gascoyne stating, "Coming back was like a healing process, we laughed a lot".[8] He returned once again on a permanent basis in October 2016.[9]

Personal lifeEdit

Gascoyne lives in Chorlton, Manchester with his wife, actress Caroline Harding. They have three children.[2]

In 2008, Gascoyne lost his driving licence for 12 months and was fined £500 after he was stopped by traffic officers and was found to be over the legal limit.[10] In May 2010, Gascoyne ran in the Great Manchester Run for the Alzheimer's Society, as his grandmother had suffered from the condition.

On occasions when his work on Coronation Street becomes emotionally stressful, Gascoyne practises Buddhism.[11]

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Result Ref
2010 British Soap Awards Best Actor Nominated
2010 British Soap Awards Best Dramatic Performance Nominated
2011 British Soap Awards Best Actor Nominated [12]
2011 All About Soap Awards Best Actor Nominated [13]
2012 British Soap Awards Best Actor Nominated [14]


  1. ^ "Peter Barlow". ITV. Archived from the original on 27 January 2013. Retrieved 19 August 2010.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "5 minutes with... Chris Gascoyne". TalkTalk Group. Archived from the original on 28 January 2010. Retrieved 19 August 2010.
  3. ^ a b c "New Street Law – Characters & Actors". BBC. Retrieved 19 August 2010.
  4. ^ Green, Kris (16 December 2008). "Chris Gascoyne (Peter Barlow, Corrie)". Digital Spy. Retrieved 19 August 2010.
  5. ^ Millar, Paul (25 May 2012). "'Coronation Street' stars Chris Gascoyne, Alison King to take break". Digital Spy. Hearst Magazines UK. Retrieved 24 August 2012.
  6. ^ "Corrie's Tony 'a man with an edge'". 11 January 2014.
  7. ^ "Coronation Street: Deirdre's final farewell revealed following death of Anne Kirkbride". 10 May 2015.
  8. ^ a b "Corrie: Bev to return for Deirdre's funeral". 12 May 2015.
  9. ^ Coronation Street is bringing back Peter Barlow... and two other members of the family
  10. ^ "Coronation Street star Chris Gascoyne admits drink-driving". London Evening Standard. 16 January 2008. Archived from the original on 12 September 2012. Retrieved 19 August 2010.
  11. ^ ""I was becoming more Peter Barlow than myself": Coronation Street's Chris Gascoyne pushed to the edge". 8 December 2012.
  12. ^ "British Soap Awards 2011 shortlist revealed". 18 April 2011.
  13. ^ Kilkelly, Daniel (27 March 2011). "In Full: All About Soap Bubble winners". Digital Spy. Hachette Filipacchi UK. Retrieved 19 April 2012.
  14. ^ "British Soap Awards: Shortlist revealed". 5 April 2012.

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