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Peter Joseph Egan (born 28 September 1946) is a British actor known for his TV roles, including Hogarth in Big Breadwinner Hog, the future King George IV of the United Kingdom in Prince Regent (1979); smooth neighbour Paul Ryman in the sitcom Ever Decreasing Circles (1984–89); and Hugh "Shrimpie" MacClare, Marquess of Flintshire, in Downton Abbey (2012–15). He is married to retired actress Myra Frances.
Peter Joseph Egan
28 September 1946
|Spouse(s)||Myra Frances (m. 1977)|
Egan was born in Hampstead, London, the son of Doris (née Pick) and Michael Thomas Egan, who is of Irish descent. He was educated at St. George's Roman Catholic Comprehensive School, Maida Vale. He also attended the London Oratory School and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.
Life and careerEdit
Peter Egan's first stage performance was in 'Charlie Girl'. Egan's first television role was as the sex-and-cinema-obsessed Seth Starkadder in a BBC serialisation of Cold Comfort Farm (1968). In 1969 he had come to notoriety as the acid-throwing gangster Hogarth in the controversial Granada TV series Big Breadwinner Hog. Later he had other starring roles as John Everett Millais in the BBC serial The Love School (1975), and as Oscar Wilde in the serial Lillie (1978), starring Francesca Annis as Lillie Langtry; as Magnus Pym in the BBC dramatisation of John le Carré's A Perfect Spy (1987) and another BBC sitcom, Joint Account (1989–90).
He played the title role in the BBC series Prince Regent (1979), and was a sinister immortal Knight Templar in Michael J. Bird's BBC series The Dark Side of the Sun (1983). Egan also played Fothergill in the TV series Reilly, Ace of Spies (1983). In 1986 he had the role of Henry Simcox in the television dramatization of John Mortimer's Paradise Postponed. In 1988 he narrated the Video 125 drivers eye view 1066DC, which was a cab ride in a Network Southeast class 411 4CEP EMU from Hastings to London. He also guest-starred in episodes of The Ruth Rendell Mysteries ("A New Lease of Death," 1991) and A Touch of Frost ("Private Lives," 1999).
Other roles have included the character Michael Cochrane in the programme The Ambassador (1998), and on film as the suave secret agent Meres in TV spin-off Callan (1974), and the Duke of Sutherland in Chariots of Fire (1981). In 2007 he took the role of Victor in the film Death at a Funeral. In 2009 Egan toured as lead Sir Hugo Latymer in Nikolai Foster's revival of Noël Coward's A Song at Twilight. He is the narrator for the US and UK versions of Forza Motorsport 3 and its sequel, Forza Motorsport 4. He also voiced the Witch Trial Judge in Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney.
In 2012, he first appeared as Hugh "Shrimpie" MacClare, Marquess of Flintshire, in the Christmas special episode of ITV's Downton Abbey. On the show's 5th series, Shrimpie became a recurring character; he also briefly appeared in Series 6.
Animal rights activismEdit
He is an ambassador for the dog rescue Saving Suffering Strays in Sarajevo, Bosnia. He and his wife Myra adopted their Bosnian dog Tidus from this dog rescue. They continue to give support to stray street dogs of Sarajevo and their lone rescuer Milena Malesevic.
Egan is an active ambassador for the Animals Asia Foundation, which is a charity that works to end cruelty to animals in Asia. He is also patron of "All Dogs Matter", a dog rescue and rehoming charity in and around London and Norfolk.
In May 2015, Egan became Patron of Chaldon Animal Sanctuary, a charity that offers homes for life for dogs and cats. Egan personally took one of the Bosnian dogs now named Crusoe to the sanctuary in May.
In August 2015, Egan was announced as patron of the science-based campaign For Life On Earth (FLOE), which fights against animal testing in the field of human medical research.
|1971||One Brief Summer||Bill Denton|
|1971||Elizabeth R||Earl of Southampton||Episode: "Sweet England's Pride"|
|1973||The Hireling||Captain Hugh Cantrip|
|1981||Chariots of Fire||Duke of Sutherland|
|1983||The Dark Side of the Sun||Raoul Lavallière||6 episodes|
|1984||A Woman of Substance||Adam Fairley||3 episodes|
|1984||To Catch a King||Reinhard Heydrich||TV film|
|1987||A Perfect Spy||Magnus Pym||BBC, 5 episodes|
|2000||2001: A Space Travesty||Griffin Pratt|
|2002||The King's Beard||King Cuthbert||Voice|
|2004||The I Inside||Doctor Truman|
|2005||The Wedding Date||Victor Ellis|
|2005||Man to Man||Gyllenhaal|
|2007||Death at a Funeral||Victor|
|2011||The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings||King Henselt||Video Game, English version, Voice|
|2012||When the Lights Went Out||Peter|
|2012||National Theatre Live: People||Theodore|
|2012 - 2015||Downton Abbey||Hugh 'Shrimpie' MacClare, Marquess of Flintshire||4 episodes|
|2014||Grantchester||Archie Johnson||1 episode|
|2015 - 2018||Unforgotten||Martin Hughes|
|2018-present||Hold the Sunset||Mr Dugdale||12 episodes|
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