Welsh actor Peter Wingfield was born on September 5, 1962 in Cardiff, Wales. As a child, he was an achiever of sorts, excelling in athletics (particularly trampoline) as well as drama. However, his initial calling was medicine; he began training at the St. Bartholomew’s Hospital in London in 1982, while still participating occasionally in plays staged at the National Youth Theatre of Wales and the Brasenose Little Theatre. A month before he was due to graduate from medical school, he decided to leave—and pursue a full-time career in acting.
Wingfield eventually took training at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, and after finishing his course in 1990, he began taking in projects. From roles in British radio dramas, he appeared on his first screen role—as a bit player in the film Antonia and Jane. From there, he became a staple in British television, appearing in shows such as Soldier, Soldier, Medics and Martin Chuzzlewitt. But he became known—especially to an international audience—as Methos in the Canadian fantasy series Highland: The Series, a role which he played from 1995 to 1998.
Wingfield’s prominence in the series led to projects in the United States: he appeared in films such as X2: X-Men United and Catwoman, and also had roles in television shows such as Cold Squad, Stargate SG-1, Charmed, Medium and Men in Trees. He continued taking projects in the United Kingdom, notably an extended run in the medical drama Holby City and a role in the long-running radio soap The Archers, before returning to the United States to shoot the seventh season of 24.