Stingers: profiles

Peter Phelps


Peter Phelps is one of Australia’s busiest and best-known actors. He has appeared in dozens of film, television and theatre productions, spent four years in the U.S., written a best selling book—a wry look at his years in Hollywood, and won an AFI Television Best Actor Award for his portrayal of a male rape victim in an episode of GP.

He was Abo Henry in the chilling BLUE MURDER. Les Darcy in THE LES DARCY STORY. And Mick Webb in ONE WAY TICKET, a telemovie inspired by a 1993 jailbreak. He played opposite Jason Donovan in the movie ROUGH DIAMONDS, and with SUDDENLY SUSAN regular Judd Nelson, in the telemovie BLACKWATER TRAIL.

He was the lead in the Australian feature films ZONE 39, THE LIGHTHORSEMEN and PLAYING BEATIE BOW and has starred in films in Italy and the Czech Republic. On television, Peter was a series regular on FIRE, THE FLYING DOCTORS and BAYWATCH. His extensive guest credits include POLICE RESCUE, HEARTBREAK HIGH, A COUNTRY PRACTICE and RAFFERTY’S RULES. And most recently he guest starred in four episodes of WATER RATS.

But nothing he has done, Peter says, matches the scope and the opportunities of STINGERS. He has relished researching the two very different perspectives of his role—the duality of a cop masquerading as a crim.

"This project gives me the chance to play so many different parts. I like that. I like to live vicariously in roles such as Abo in BLUE MURDER and it’s the same with this show."

Peter was rewarded for his work on STINGERS with a Silver Logie nomination for Most Popular Actor in 2000.