FLAHERTY as ANDREW
Peter has held down day jobs as a barman, bouncer, rocknroller,
wedding singer and podiatrist. But his first love has always
been performing on stage and screen. He worked professionally
as an actor, playing roles on Australian television in series
such as Neighbours, Blue Heelers, Something in the Air
and State Coroner, as well as playing various supporting
roles in Australian and US feature films including The
Missing, The Beach and The Ripper, before
things came unstuck.
In 1999, while he was on his way to lunch with a producer,
Peter was hit on his motorbike by a four-wheel drive doing an
The accident affected every part of his body, the most serious
being the bruising to his frontal lobe and a badly damaged neck
and knees. Four years later, after many surgeries (including
four plates and six screws that are now holding his neck together),
Peter has finally undergone the last set of operations on his
knees, which have enabled him to walk without the use of his
stick. He attributes his recovery to his ability to have a good
laugh and his circle of loving family and friends.
He expects the role of "Andrew" to be a challenge,
but is glad to be given the opportunity to address the issue
of acquired disability, and hopes it will give people an insight
into those who do not have the option of getting out of the chair.
Peter will be seen on Australian screens in the recurring
guest role of surgeon "Donny Tremayne" on All
Saints from mid-August 2006.
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