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Peter SerafinowiczPeter Serafinowicz
Born in Liverpool, Peter Serafinowicz made his radio debut in 1993 on Radio 1's The Knowledge, a spoof documentary about the music industry. He went on to perform voice work for the Radio 4 series Weekending, Harry Hill's Fruit Corner and Grevious Bodily Radio.

In 1997, he appeared on screen in Murder Most Horrid and then as Brian May in Comedy Nation on BBC2. His role as Dean Yardley in the Dylan Moran-starring How Do You Want Me? brought him further attention; he returned to working alongside Moran in 2002 with a cameo in Black Books. Roles followed in the series Chambers (with John Bird) and in World of Pub, which ran for three years.

Serafinowicz seems to have a recurring role as Simon Pegg's nemesis, appearing both as Duane Benzie in the magnificent Spaced and as Robin in the underrated sitcom Hippies. His distinctive voice landed him the vocal role in Darth Maul in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, an experience he described in an interview with Star Wars Insider:-

"I was trying to exude this coolness, but I kept tripping over things - inside I was nearly having a heart attack…I did my impression of Darth Vader for [George Lucas] and he laughed."

He remained busy throughout the early noughties with work on both Radio 4 and on TV, including appearing briefly in the pilot of Little Britain in 2002. However, it's his collaborations with Robert Popper that have brought him most attention. They met in 1998 on You Are Here, and after a number of successful projects they received a BAFTA nomination in 2002 for Look Around You. Serafinowicz and Popper wrote, produced, starred and composed and performed the show's music as 'Gelg'. Series Two is scheduled for early 2005, and Serafinowicz is also writing a thirty-minute script for the BBC, again with Popper.

Serafinowicz plays Kenny in the ITV sitcom Hardware, written by Men Behaving Badly's Simon Nye. The series was nominated for a BAFTA in 2004.

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