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Christopher Gascoyne

(1968-01-31) 31 January 1968 (age 55)
Huthwaite, Nottinghamshire, England
Occupation Actor
Years active 1983–present
Known for Role of Peter Barlow in Coronation Street (2000–2003, 2007–)
Spouse(s) Caroline Harding (m. 2002)
Children 3

Christopher Gascoyne (born 31 January 1968) is an English actor, who is known for his role as the seventh Peter Barlow in the soap opera Coronation Street from 2000. Gascoyne has been nominated for several accolades at the British Soap Awards for his portrayal of Peter Barlow.

Early life

Gascoyne was born on 31 January 1968 in Huthwaite, Nottinghamshire to Marian and Derrick Gascoyne. He attended Ashfield School, Kirkby in Ashfield. Gascoyne trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama.


One of his earliest roles was as Judd on Central TV's children's program Murphy's Mob. Gascoyne has acted in numerous television dramas, including the Central Television series for schools Starting Out, released in 1988. He has also had roles in Between the Lines and made an appearance in Murdoch Mysteries as David Jennings. An appearance in Casualty is also another one of Gascoyne's credits. Other appearances include his portrayal of Barry Kent in The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole and as Fusilier Tony Rossi in Soldier Soldier.

Gascoyne was cast in the role of Peter Barlow, the seventh actor to portray the role, in Coronation Street. His original spell occurred between 2000 and 2003, before making a brief return in 2007. During his absence after leaving in 2003, Gascoyne joined the cast of BBC drama New Street Law as Al Ware in 2006. He returned the following year on a permanent basis, making his on-screen return on 30 October 2008. Gascoyne took a four-month break in July 2012, before leaving at the end of his contract in November 2014. He returned briefly in 2015 following the death of his co-star Anne Kirkbride, with Gascoyne stating, "Coming back was like a healing process, we laughed a lot". He returned once again on a permanent basis in October 2016.

Personal life

Gascoyne lives in Chorlton, Manchester with his wife, actress Caroline Harding. They have three children.

In 2008, Gascoyne lost his driving licence for 12 months and was fined £500 after he was stopped by traffic officers and was found to be over the legal drink drive limit. In May 2010, Gascoyne ran in the Great Manchester Run for the Alzheimer's Society, as his grandmother had suffered from the condition.

On occasions when his work on Coronation Street becomes emotionally stressful, Gascoyne practises Buddhism.



Year Title Role Notes
2009 My Last Five Girlfriends Detective Lister


Year Title Role Notes
1983, 1988 Dramarama Young Lord Towers / John 2 episodes
1985 The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Barry Kent 4 episodes
1987 The Growing Pains of Adrian Mole 2 episodes
1988 Hard Cases Michael Joseph Watkinson
1989 Starting Out Mike Williams Episode: "A Piece of the Cake"
1989–2007 Casualty Various roles 5 episodes
1991–1997 The Bill 3 episodes
1993 Between the Lines Nottle Episode: "Some Must Watch"
1995 Peak Practice Joe Rawlings Episode: "Giving Up"
1997 The Locksmith Barry Forrester 6 episodes
1997 Soldier Soldier Fus Tony Rossi 11 episodes
1998 Duck Patrol Nick Sampson Episode: "Duck Turpin"
2000 The Thing About Vince Monk 3 episodes
2000–present Coronation Street Peter Barlow 1,584 episodes
2001 A Touch of Frost Dr. Bill Hughes 2 episodes
2004 A Thing Called Love Robbie Gibson Episode: "True Confessions"
2005 Where the Heart Is Pete Episode: "Peaches and Cream"
2006 The Royal Brian Harris Episode: "Fever"
2006–2007 New Street Law Al Ware 14 episodes
2008 Murdoch Mysteries David Jennings Episode: "The Prince and the Rebel"
2009 Blue Murder Alan Gaskell Episode: "Having It All"
2010 Coronation Street: Tram Crash Peter Barlow Television film
2016 Moving On Uncle Loz Episode: "Eighteen"

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Result Ref
2010 British Soap Awards Best Actor Nominated
Best Dramatic Performance Nominated
2011 Best Actor Nominated
All About Soap Awards Nominated
2012 British Soap Awards Nominated

See also

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