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School of Arts and Media

Dr Lloyd Peters

Honorary Senior Lecturer


I have been a professional actor, writer and director for 40 years working with many leading writers and directors including: MIKE LEIGH, ALAN BLEASEDALE (twice), KEN RUSSELL, MICHAEL WEARING and PHILIP SAVILLE. I have appeared in a large number of television drama and comedy productions playing a variety of major roles. These include leading parts in HEARTBEAT, LAST OF THE SUMMER WINE, THE BILL, CORONATION ST (twice!), EMMERDALE, BOY WHO WON THE POOLS, Mike Leigh's HOME SWEET HOME, BOYS FROM THE BLACKSTUFF and THE HISTORY MAN series with Tony Sher. I have written many plays for BBC Radio 4 and for television.

I was awarded a PhD in 2014 Title: 'Media Practice and New approaches to mise-en-scene and auteur theory in Broadcast Radio’ based on my broadcast BBC Radio 4 comedy-drama productions.

I formed alternative comedy troupe 20th Century Coyote (with Rik Mayall) at Manchester University 1975-78.  See published article: 'The Roots of alternative comedy? - The alternative story of 20th Century Coyote and Eighties Comedy' in journal Comedy Studies Volume 4 Number 1 (Intellect publishing) and TV documentaries including 'Rik Mayall - Lord of Misrule' (BBC)

I was awarded an Honorary Senior Lectureship in October 2018 and I continue to conduct research and supervise PhD students.



Scriptwriting, Producing, TV, Radio and Stage acting and directing. Film production. PhD supervision.

Research Interests

My current research interests centre round practice-as research projects that focus on political performance, adaptation theory, comedy studies, radio drama and non-naturalistic stage, recorded media and screen performance.

My research interests include:

Film, Television and Radio Production, Performance and Scriptwriting; Expressionist and non-naturalistic performance and production; Comedy performance and writing.

Qualifications and Memberships

Equity membership.


International Book Publication:

Chapter in Political Performances. Theory and Practice. IFTR/FIRT Political Performances Working Group.
Haedicke, Susan C., Deirdre Heddon, Avraham Oz and E.J. Westlake (Eds) Amsterdam/New York, NY, 2009, IV, 379 pp. (Themes in Theatre 4) Part 4 Practice

Non-naturalistic performance in Political narrative drama: methodologies and languages for political performance with reference to the rehearsal, and production of “E to the Power 3 – Education, Education, Education”

Lloyd Peters and Sue Becker. ISBN: 978-90-420-2606-3



Article published in Comedy Studies Journal (Intellect):

Reports of the Death of British Theatrical Comedy?  Greatly exaggerated or sadly accurate? (2018)

Article published in Comedy Studies Journal (Intellect):

The Roots of Alternative Comedy? - The alternative story of  20th Century Coyote and eighties comedy. (2013)

Article published in Comedy Studies Journal (Intellect):Racism in Comedy re-appraised: Back to Little England? Lloyd Peters and Sue Becker (2010)

Article for The Sunday Sun newspaper: It’s not funny and not clever (with Sue Becker) (2007)
E-Article: Big is Beautiful: Emphasising Scale in Community Arts. Refereed hypermedia article incorporating text, stills and video. by Lloyd Peters and Steve Dixon.

Published in Studies in Theatre and Performance

Volume 23 Number 2. ISSN 1468-2761