Peter Trevor Collingwood (6 May 1920 – 23 September 2016) was an English-born actor who appeared on stage in England and Australia, as well as being a theatre writer, and in a number of British and Australian films, miniseries and serials from 1938 to 2003. Known for his portrayal of judges, military men, and upper-crust, befuddled types.
Collingwood was born in Kent,(some sources give, Farnham, Surrey), England on 6 May 1920. He enrolled in the Embassy School of Acting at the Embassy Theatre, London, in 1937. His first professional acting job was in The Western Chamber, Chinese play, in 1938.
Theatre and film roles
After the war, Collingwood joined Amersham Repertory Theatre, followed by the Young Vic Company, and a number of other companies. In 1950 he married Margery Shaw. They moved to Perth, Scotland where he worked for the Perth Repertory Company. During this time, he wrote the farce Gathering Nuts, which was performed by the company, as well as by a number of other repertory companies.
In 1953, Collingwood returned to London with his family—daughter Julia, stepsons Christopher and Michael—where he worked regularly on stage, in film, and on television.
The family returned to England for two years, during which he appeared in a number of successful West End shows, including Inadmissible Evidence, Meals on Wheels, and I Love you Mrs Patterson.
In 1967, Collingwood emigrated to Australia, first living in Perth before settling near Sydney in Balmain, New South Wales. He worked for many Sydney theatre companies including the Old Tote, Nimrod Theatre, Belvoir Theatre Company, Sydney Theatre Company, and the Independent. Between 1970 and 1972 he was director of the Marian Street Theatre.
Collingwood has appeared in serial roles, both dramatic and comedic, including Homicide, Division 4, Mother and Son, A Country Practice, Police Rescue, Home and Away (as Bert King), and Always Greener.
Appearances in movies
Notes and references
- Collingwood, Peter, 1920-; Waites, James, 1955- (2004), Interview with Peter Collingwood, actor [sound recording] / interviewer, James WaitesCS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
- "Peter Trevor COLLINGWOOD's Obituary on The Sydney Morning Herald". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 9 August 2018.