Peter McEnery

Peter Robert McEnery (born 21 February 1940) is an English stage and film actor.

Peter McEnery
Peter McEnery depicted in a newspaper advertisement for The Moon-Spinners (1964)
Peter Robert McEnery

(1940-02-21) 21 February 1940


McEnery was born in Walsall, Staffordshire, to Charles and Ada Mary (née Brinson) McEnery. He was educated at Ellesmere College, Shropshire.

His younger brothers are the late actor John and the photographer David.

Peter McEnery was noted for having given Hayley Mills her first "grown-up" screen kiss in the 1964 film The Moon-Spinners.[1] In 1966, he took the lead in the Disney live action adventure film, The Fighting Prince of Donegal.[2] He played Edwin Clayhanger in the television dramatisation of the novels by Arnold Bennett with support from Janet Suzman, Harry Andrews and Clive Swift.[3]

As an actor for the Royal Shakespeare Company, he played the title role in Ron Daniel's 1979 production of Pericles, Prince of Tyre at The Other Place and played several roles in the 1982 epic production of Nicholas Nickleby for the same company. In 1981 he played Oberon in the BBC Television Shakespeare production of A Midsummer Night's Dream. Another notable stage role was that of the surgeon Treves in the National Theatre's 1980 production of The Elephant Man.[4]


His first wife (whom he married in 1978) was actress Julie Peasgood. They met in 1975 when she played a maid called Ada in the Clayhanger television series in which McEnery starred. Their daughter Kate, born in 1981, is also an actress.




  1. "The Day Hayley got in a Hearse", Photoplay, August 1964.
  2. Leonard Maltin (7 September 1995). The Disney Films. Disney Editions. ISBN 978-0-7868-8137-6.
  3. Ellen Baskin (1996). Serials on British Television, 1950-1994. Scolar Press. ISBN 978-1-85928-015-7.
  4. Country Life. Country Life, Limited. August 1980.

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