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Peter Birch

Plays Jack Hathaway


BORN : Harrogate, Yorkshire

BROUGHT UP : Many different places; Singapore, Germany, Bristol, Dover, Richmond.

PARTNER : Holly de Jong – met when they worked together, she appeared in S11 E2 playing Shelley.

HOBBIES : DIY, yoga, gardening, painting, ski-ing, acting, studying.

PREVIOUS JOBS : Waiter at Berni Inn

ON JOINING CASUALTY : ‘I was rather wary as a newcomer, particularly as I replaced Clive Mantle, who was very popular, but all the cast have been supportive, there’s such a team spirit and plenty of banter flying around the Green Room where we relax between takes. We socialise alot during filming, going to meals or to the pub’.

MISTAKE DURING FILMING : ‘I was swabbing a patients head with iodine before operating but trying to look professional, I was being rather too generous and the solution trickled down into the actor’s eyes, unable to see.’

ON RESEARCH AT REAL LIFE HOSPITAL : ‘One memory that stays with me is seeing an elderly man die, it was a humbling experience and something I didn’t expect to witness, but I had to remind myself I was in the real world.’

IF HE COULD SWAP PLACES WITH ANYONE : ‘Any woman, just to see if woman and men really are so different.’

ACTORS HE ADMIRES : Jack Nicholson, Gary Oldman, Clive Mantle, Angelica Huston and his girlfriend Holly de Jong.

MOST TREASURED POSSESSION : A little wooden sculpture of a Siamese Cherub, ‘Superstitious but where he is, is where my home is.’

WHAT MAKES HIM LAUGH : Frasier, Father Ted, ‘Money’ by Martin Amis

FAVE FILM : Un coeur entliver

FAVE HOLIDAY DESTINATION : On a theatre tour of South East Africa – ‘beaches, safari and Shakespeare’.

TELEVISION CREDITS : Mussolini; Mission Critical; A.D.; By the Sword Divided; Auf Wiedersehn Pet; Penmarric; Spearhead; Blackeyes; Poirot; Somewhere to Run; Portrait of a Marriage; Capital City; House of Elliot; The Bill; Casualty; Blood Strangers

FILM CREDITS : Aria; Dirty Dozen II; Buffalo Girls

THEATRE CREDITS : Julius Caesar; She Stoops to Conquer; Conduct Unbecoming; Vivat Vivat Regina; Blithe Spirit; Hamlet; Macbeth; Look Back in Anger; The Rivals; Quartermaine’s Terms; All Together Now; Romeo and Juliet; King Lear; Much Ado About Nothing; Terra Nova; A Waste of Time; As You Like It; The Old Country; The Homecoming; Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf; Ashes; Murder in the Cathedral; On the Piste; Dangerous Obsession; Dancing at Lughnasa

BOOKS : Appears in ‘CASUALTY : Behind the Scenes’ by Rachel Silver.


After CASUALTY, Peter completed an MSc in Organizational Behaviour. He is currently doing doctoral research at Manchester Business School on the use of theatre-based methods in organizational training. He has worked in organizational training as well being a qualified mediator in the community and workplace. He also founded ‘The Talking Edge’ in 2008.


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Taken from 'The CASUALTY Fan Club' newsletter, in March 2001; Interview with Peter Birch who played Jack Hathaway.

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