Once upon a time, Peter New was not an actor. He wanted to be, but a lot of people said he couldn’t do it.
For instance: 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 nearly 80 film, television and voice credits. In his mind, Peter New 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.
Other favourites include a recent turn on CTV’s Motive; 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 New is perhaps most well known internationally for his roles on The Hub’s animated shows Littlest Pet Shop, on which he plays Sunil Nevla the magic mongoose, and My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, on which he plays the wise (but largely mute) Big Macintosh.
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). 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.