Alistair Petrie

Alistair Petrie is an English actor. He has starred in The Bank Job, Cloud Atlas, Rush and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Petrie has also starred in the Channel 4 television series Utopia, the BBC One television series' The Night Manager, Sherlock, and Undercover and as Mr. Groff in the Netflix original comedy-drama series Sex Education.

Early life

Petrie was born 30 September 1970 in Catterick, North Riding of Yorkshire. He was brought up in the Middle East, mainland Europe and East Africa. His father was an RAF fighter pilot. He trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.



He spent his early career in theatre around the country before joining the RSC where productions included Shakespeare's Troilus and Cressida and Henrik Ibsen's Brand opposite Ralph Fiennes. In 2005, he joined the National Theatre, where he stayed for 28 months performing in His Dark Materials, Shakespeare's Henry IV alongside Sir Michael Gambon and David Edgar's Playing With Fire. In 2007 he appeared in Marc Munden's The Mark of Cain, The Whistleblowers and Cranford. As well as other TV work such as Emma and , he has also appeared in the music video for "Bellissimo" by Ilya, directed by the Guard Brothers. Other theatre work includes The Earl of Wessex in the 2015 West End Production of Shakespeare in Love. In 2008, Petrie played the lead role of Man in Mine, Shared Experience's at the West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds.


He also starred in the BBC production of The Forsyte Saga as George Forsyte, as well as in the 2009 film The Duchess, also the 2010 horror-film Devil's Playground. Petrie has appeared as Philip Lisle in The Bank Job, as Felix Finch in the 2012 film Cloud Atlas, Stirling Moss in Rush and General Davits Draven in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
Also in television, Petrie has portrayed Geoff in Channel 4's Utopia, Alexander "Sandy" Langbourne in The Night Manager, Robert Greenlaw in BBC1's Undercover. He has played the role of Major James Sholto in the second episode of Season 3 of the BBC TV series Sherlock, aired on 5 January 2014. In 2019, Petrie began playing Mr. Groff in the Netflix original comedy-drama series Sex Education.

Personal life

Petrie is married to actress Lucy Scott, with whom he has three sons.
Petrie is an Ambassador for Borne, a medical research charity looking to identify the causes of premature birth.