Peter New is a pony, a mongoose, a butler or two, a reporter or two, and a man made of wood. He has around 100 professional acting credits, most of which he didn’t write himself.
Once upon a time, Peter was not an actor. He wanted to be, but a lot of people said he couldn’t do it.
This one time Peter was in some Irish bar in downtown Vancouver, Canada where he was born and raised (in the city, not the bar), and some guy said his eyes were too far apart for him to be in the movies.
Since then he has accumulated more than 100 film, television and voice credits. Peter still imagines that guy trolling Irish bars and spoiling for fights because he’s so mad that he was so wrong about Peter’s pupillary distance.
Peter New’s versatility has led him to roles as diverse as Whaleboy (who speaks only in whalesong) in The Legend of Bonefish’s Whaleboy, to Kevin the Bald Gay Wolfman (who is measured and English) in The Granger Brothers’ Crazy Dracula Spring Break Weekend, to his Leo Award Nominated work as Donald Dirk (who is an angry, pervy pornographer) in Aaron Houston’s hilarious Sunflower Hour, to Paul the Liar/Marriage Counselor (a sad sack who can’t hold down a job) in Robson Arms and The Woodman (Pinocchio as a full grown man) in Woodman.
Other favourites include a recent turn on iZombie; the shirtless, gravy-soaked and nasty Dog Catcher for DisneyXD’s sitcom Mr. Young; gormless Agent Rosychuck in MGM’s Agent Cody Banks; and the tiny but rewarding role in The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (a lifelong dream of Peter’s realized – to work with Terry Gilliam!). Peter is perhaps most well known internationally for his roles on Hasbros’s animated shows Littlest Pet Shop, on which he played Sunil Nevla the magic mongoose (and numerous others), and My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, on which he plays the wise (but largely mute) Big Macintosh and the Doctor Who-like Doctor (the fans call him Doctor Whooves).
He’s looking forward to the premiere of his latest cartoon, Chuck’s Choice, which will premiere in the near future on YTV.
Peter is the son of noted Canadian author, poet, editor, and academic W.H. New, and grew up in Kitsilano in Vancouver (though he lived in Ngaio, near Wellington, when he was 6 and 7, and in Gibsons, BC when he was 44 and 45). His very first acting experience put him off it forever. He forgot his lines, covered expertly, and was chastised in the wings for getting a laugh. He was nine. Years later, in high school, he was persuaded to be in a play called The Valedictorian. He hasn’t looked back since.