Peter's first major (title) role as an adult was in the title role in a 1976 BBC Television Play of the Month adaptation of Oscar Wilde's novel The Picture of Dorian Gray. Peter is very good friends with his Equus (1977) co-star Jenny Agutter, who also starred with him in Spooks (aka in the US as MI-5 (2002). Peter has an extensive career onstage in the UK and on Broadway. In July 1973, Peter received his big break by winning the leading role of disturbed adolescent Alan Strang in Peter Shaffer's play Equus, which was performed by the National Theatre at the Old Vic in London. As a youth, Peter took weekend classes at the Bradford Playhouse near his Pudsey home. Peter admits that he initially became interested in acting because he liked this girl who was apart of a local theatre group, he joined to impress her. In 1977, Peter won the Evening Standard British Film Award for Most Promising Newcomer - Actor. In 1978, Peter was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for: Equus (1977). Peter left school at the age of 16 to pursue his career in acting. Peter made his film debut at the age of 18 in Franco Zeffirelli's Fratello sole, sorella luna (1972). More Trivia
Peter Firth Quotes
People often say to me, "We love Spooks, everybody in our house watches it, nobody understands what's going on, but nobody leaves the room when it's on!" I think it's living proof that you don't need to dumb down television to make popular programs.
I know a lot about Harry that the audience probably don't know, although I like to try to give them a glimpse of that even though it's not provided by the script.