Nicholas Bishop

Nicholas Bishop (born 19 September 1973) is an English-born Australian actor. He is best known for his television roles as Detective Peter Baker on the soap opera Home and Away (2004–07) and as Peter Dunlop on the ABC medical drama Body of Proof (2011-2012).

Nicholas Bishop
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Bishop at the San Diego Comic-Con International in 2009
Born (1973-09-19) 19 September 1973 (age 47)
Years active1998–present
Partner(s)Claire Smith (2006-2015)

Early lifeEdit

Bishop was born in Swindon, England. His parents emigrated to Australia when he was six months old and the family settled in Canberra, Australian Capital Territory. His father was a former Australian Army officer and diplomat.[1] Bishop attended Radford College in Canberra.

Bishop graduated from Australia's National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) with a degree in Performing Arts (Acting) in 1996, and has been a regular screen acting tutor there since 1997. He was a 2006 Australia Day Ambassador.[2]


Bishop is most recognized by his role for three seasons as Detective Peter Baker in the Australian series Home and Away. In 2002, Bishop appeared in the critically acclaimed film Walking on Water. Additional television credits include Fox Past Life, Hustle, McLeod’s Daughters, Heartbreak High, Water Rats, Blue Heelers, Farscape, White Collar Blue and All Saints. He also starred in the movies The Sugar Factory (1998), Occasional Coarse Language (1998), My Mother Frank (2000), Punishment and The Land of the Astronauts (2010). In 2011, he guest starred in an episode of the USA Network series Necessary Roughness entitled "Anchor Management".[3]

Bishop co-starred in the first two seasons of Dana Delany's medical drama television series Body of Proof in which he played medico-legal investigator Peter Dunlop, assistant to Medical Examiner Dr. Megan Hunt.[4] In May 2011, it was announced that Body of Proof was renewed for a second season for the fall of 2011.[5] He was written out of the show after two seasons.[6] In June 2014 Bishop played Ryan McQuaid, a former Navy SEAL turned private contractor billionaire in Season 5 of Covert Affairs.[7]

Personal lifeEdit

Bishop currently resides in West Hollywood. He has two children with Claire Smith, Ava (born 2006) and Harrison (born 2009).[8]


Year Film Role Notes
1998 Wildside Det. Con. Graham Hawley
1998 The Sugar Factory Mitchell Lawrence
1998 Occasional Coarse Language David Radcliffe
1999 Water Rats Shane Bookman Episode: "Quad Squad"
1999 Murder Call Marshall Bowdon Episode: "Cut & Dried"
1999 Powderburn Jess
2000 Above the Law Matt Bridges 35 episodes
2000 My Mother Frank Mick
2001 Flat Chat Episode: "Valentine's Day"
2001 Blue Heelers Nigel Kellett 2 episodes
2001 Farscape Ghebb Dellos 1 episode
2002 Walking on Water Frank
2002 All Saints Nicholas Carroll Episode: "All the Right Reasons"
2003 White Collar Blue Lachlan Shaw 5 episodes
2004–2007 Home and Away Peter Baker 164 episodes
2007 Hustle Plummy Episode: "Signing Up to Wealth"
2008 Punishment Jonah Walton
2008 McLeod's Daughters Russ Conners 2 episodes
2010 Past Life Price Whatley 9 episodes
2010 The Land of the Astronauts Thomas Bower
2011 Necessary Roughness Griffin Page
2011–2012 Body of Proof Peter Dunlop 29 episodes
2012 The Glades Eddie Ryder Episode: "Endless Summer"
2013 Hot in Cleveland Liam Episode: "Extras"
2013 NCIS: Los Angeles David Inman Episode: "Kill House"
2013 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Tom Scola Episode: "In Vino Veritas"
2014 The Mentor Television film
2013 Castle Fire Chief Miller Episode: "Under Fire"
2014 Fat Tony & Co Det. Sgt. Paul Dale 5 episodes
2014 Covert Affairs Ryan McQuaid Main cast (season 5)
2015 Dominion Gates Foley Recurring (season 2)
2015 Woodlawn Coach Tandy Gerelds
2017 The Lears Kent Lear


  1. ^ Jacqueline Cutler. "Celebrity Scoop: Nicholas Bishop". Los Angeles Times.
  2. ^ Peter Dunlop Played by Nicholas Bishop Archived 11 March 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ 'Body of Proof's' Nicholas Bishop to guest star on USA's 'Necessary Roughness' Archived 3 June 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Peter Dunlop played by Nicholas Bishop' Archived 11 March 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ 'Body of Proof renewed for a second season'[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ ‘Body Of Proof’ Drops Three Regulars, Will Add Several New Ones
  7. ^ Joyce Eng (18 December 2014). "Covert Affairs Postmortem". TV TV Guide. Retrieved 4 September 2017.
  8. ^ Sue Yeap (8 August 2011). "Proof positive for Bishop". The West Australian. Retrieved 4 September 2017.

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