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Peter Davison stars in "Law & Order: UK" on BBC America as Henry Sharpe.

Peter Davison is a popular British actor, most commonly associated with the leading role in "Doctor Who," which he played from 1981 to 1984. His departure was regarded by many as the kiss of death for the program, even though it survived several more years with other actors in the role.

He was born Peter Moffett in London, his father being originally from Guyana. Davison studied at the Central School of Speech and Drama
Peter Davison in "New Tricks"
Peter Davison New Tricks
and appeared in several stage productions and some minor television roles before he got his big break in 1978. His performance as the ne'er-do-well Tristan Farnon in "All Creatures Great and Small" made him a household name in the UK. He married American actress Sandra Dickinson in the same year, but they divorced in 1994. He and Dickinson appeared together in an episode of "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy."

Davison appeared in some British sitcoms before signing a contract to play the Doctor for three years, succeeding Tom Baker. Attracting such a high-profile actor was as much of a coup for the program's producers as getting the role was for him, but the contract was not renewed because he feared being typecast.

It was not until 1986 that Davison worked on another really popular series. He played Dr. Stephen Daker, the ingenuous hero of "A Very Peculiar Practice," written by Andrew Davies. The surreal comedy-drama was revived several years later as "A Very Polish Practice." Davison also played the lead in "Campion," a series based on the period whodunnits of Margery Allingham. This, and the opportunity to play Tristan Farnon again in 1985 and 1990, kept Davison busy until the early 1990s, when he gradually faded from the public eye. He continued to appear occasionally on television, but it was not until 2000 that he returned in another major role, that of David Braithwaite in "At Home with the Braithwaites." In 2003, he gained the title role in the series "The Last Detective." In 2005, he starred in ITV's comedy drama series "Distant Shores." Recent guest-starring turns include "Inspector Lewis," "New Tricks," "Sherlock," "The Queen," "Miranda" and "Midsomer Murders."

He has reprised the role of the Fifth Doctor in a series of audio plays by Big Finish Productions.


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Age: 65 years old
Birthday: April 13, 1951
Height: 6' 1"
Full Name / Real Name: Peter Moffett
Birthplace: Streatham, London, England, UK
Wife: Elizabeth Heery (8/4/2003, 2 children)
Sandra Dickinson (12/26/1978 - 1994, divorced, 1 child)

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