Peter Woodward

Peter Woodward
Born (1956-01-24) 24 January 1956
London, England, United Kingdom
Alma mater Royal Academy of Dramatic Art
Years active 1978–present

Peter Woodward (born 24 January 1956) is an English actor, stuntman and screenwriter. He is probably best known for his role as Galen in the Babylon 5 spin-offs Babylon 5: A Call to Arms, Crusade and Babylon 5: The Lost Tales. He is also known for his role as British Royal Army Brigadier General Charles O'Hara in The Patriot.

Personal life

Woodward was born in London, the son of actors Venetia Mary Collett (also known as Venetia Barrett) and Edward Woodward.[1] His brother Tim and sister Sarah are also actors. He was educated at Haileybury and Imperial Service College before attending the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA).



After graduation, he joined the Royal Shakespeare Company, starring in many of their productions including Winter's Tale, Comedy of Errors and A Midsummer Night's Dream. Woodward has also played a wide range of major character roles in films and television including the role of the German Captain Stossel in the feature film The Brylcreem Boys.


As the Techno Mage Galen in the Babylon 5 spin-off Crusade, Woodward played opposite his father in the episode "The Long Road." In the episode, the Excalibur visits a planet that may contain a potent anti-viral agent in its minerals. Earth agencies are strip-mining the planet. Edward Woodward played Alwyn, a rogue Techno Mage living on the planet with its inhabitants who was a friend of Galen's former teacher.

Fight arranger

As a former member of the British Academy of Dramatic Combat, Woodward is known in the film industry for his work as a fight arranger. Woodward's dramatic combat training inspired him to study historical weaponry and combat techniques. This interest ultimately led him to create, co-write, and host The History Channel's documentary series Conquest, a hands-on showcase of weapons, training and combat techniques throughout history. The series ran from 20022005 and, as of February 2007, it is occasionally still shown in reruns.


Woodward works a post-production supervisor, writing the additional dialogue recording for films including: Columbus 1492, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, The Scarlet Tunic, Les Misérables and Dangerous Obsessions (1998).

Branching out in the late 1990s, Woodward and his father formed Tripal Productions, for which he wrote and produced his first feature film The House of Angelo, directed by Jim Goddard in 1997 with his father in the starring role as "Angelo". Woodward also wrote the feature film Closing the Ring which was directed by Richard Attenborough.




  1. "Peter Woodward Biography (1958)". Retrieved 6 June 2009.
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