Peter Amory

With more than a quarter of a century of acting behind him Peter Amory, starring in The Trouble With Old Lovers at the Devonshire Park this week, admits it’s been a tough call on stage and screen.

But it’s one that he loves and he still has great fun, he told the Herald just before Tuesday’s opening night.

Peter was born in Norwich in 1964 and grew up with three elder sisters. Unlike his siblings he became attracted to the stage and his educational path took him to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts.

He first appeared in Psychosis Unclassified for the Science Fiction Theatre in Liverpool and as his list of stage credits grew he also moved into television where he was to go on and play the memorable baddie Chris Tate in Emmerdale for 14 years.

It was tough moving out of that front-room role in everyday life but it was a career change he said he had to make and he is currently enjoying life ‘back on the road’.

He has been to Eastbourne many times and enjoys the relaxed atmosphere but as the small team of Nicola Bryant, Shona Lindsay, Joanna Water and Simon Linell joined him for read through on Tuesday afternoon he welcomed the break threatening storms brought to the searing temperatures.

“If you think it’s hot outside you should try the stage with those lights. But it’s something we love and enjoy and we’ve had a good response to this production,” Peter

The Trouble With Old Lovers, described as a bittersweet comedy, continues at the Devonshire tonight (Friday) at 7.45pm and tomorrow (Saturday) at 2.30pm and 7.45pm. Ca;ll the box office on 01323 412000.