Peter Cousens has recently delighted audiences in both Australia and New Zealand with the role of Marius in Les Miserables, for which he received a Mo Award nomination.
Born in Tamworth, NSW, Peter made his stage debut at the age of nine playing Lil Jake in Annie Get Your Gun. Musical theatre has dominated his life and career ever since. A graduate of the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA), he is in the enviable position of being an actor who can sing and a singer who can act.
His musical credits during the past few years include The Mikado and Fiddler On The Roof for The Australian Opera; Boojum and Sweeney Todd for the State Opera of South Australia; Blood Brothers (for which he gained a Critics’ Circle Award nomination): Chicago and The Sentimental Bloke.
Peter toured Australia with Richard Harris playing Mordred in Camelot. His numerous other theatre credits include Nicholas Nickleby, Hamlet, Chinchilla and Measure For Measure for the Sydney Theatre Company; Camille, Breaker Morant and You Never Can Tell for the Royal Queensland Theatre Company.
Television appearances include Return to Eden, The Timeless Land, The Mikado, Under Capricorn, Sons and Daughters and, most recently, Bligh.
Peter recently released a single version of “Love Changes Everything” from Aspects of Love which will be included in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Premiere Collection Encore.
The character of Alex, who at the age of 17 has an affair with Rose and then, 19 years later, finds himself torn between love for her and love for her daughter Jenny. Peter, who is 37 years old, has been looking forward to the challenge of this demanding role.
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