Peter Serafinowicz


We need to talk about Peter Serafinowicz

Peter Serafinowicz is an English actor, comedian, writer, composer, voice artist, and director, among other things.

His face and voice(s) are familiar to many, having appeared in film, on television and on the radio since the early 90’s. He famously gave a voice to Darth Maul in the first Star Wars prequel The Phantom Menace, and also gave a memorable turn as girlfriend-stealing cad Duane Benzie opposite Simon Pegg and Jessica Hynes in the cult Channel 4 sitcom Spaced.

Peter Serafinowicz as Duane Benzie in Spaced

In 2002 Peter co-wrote the critically acclaimed Look Around You with Robert Popper (Friday Night Dinner, The Timewaster Letters). The series of 10-minute spoof-science films lampooned the educational videos that were seen in classrooms across Britain throughout the 1970’s. Look Around You returned for a second series in 2005, this time taking the BBC science programme Tomorrow’s World as it’s jumping off point.

Look Around You series 1, created by Peter Serafinowicz and Robert Popper

In the week leading up to the 78th Annual Academy Awards in 2006 Peter produced an ‘E News’ style short on YouTube in which he appeared as multiple celebrities reacting to an ostentatious new design for the Oscar statue. The online popularity of the video led to the BBC commissioning The Peter Serafinowicz Show which broadcast on BBC Two in 2007 followed by a Christmas special in 2008, for which Peter won the Rose d’Or for Best Entertainer.

The Peter Serafinowicz Show

Brian Butterfield, one of the recurring characters created on the show, has since reappeared on television and radio, most recently gaining a regular advertising slot on the CBBC show FIT. A full-length feature film starring Brian is currently in development.

Brian Butterfield, Businessman and entrepreneur

Peter has directed several music videos for Hot Chip. So far he’s directed the video for “I Feel Better”, in 2010, and “Night and Day”, featuring Terence Stamp, Lara Stone and Reggie Watts, and Don’t Deny Your Heart both in 2012.

He also directed an homage to Rocky as the video for ‘Open Your Eyes’ by Alex Metric in 2010

Music Videos directed by Peter Serafinowicz for Hot Chip

In December 2012 Peter’s first book: A Billion Jokes (Volume One), was published by Boxtree. The book is a collection of one-liners that Peter has created over the past few years on Twitter.