Date of Birth: 7th March, 1963
Star Sign: Pisces
Main occupation: Administration & Credit Manager
Media-related occupation: Actor
Born in Mtarfa and brought up in Blata l-Bajda, Maltese actor John Peel attended primary schools in Marsa and in Cyprus before ending his secondary and post secondary years at Stella Maris College in Gżira.
His work includes roles in several feature films, documentaries, television dramas, short films, music videos, television commercials and theatre. His special skills include car racing, off-road driving, horse riding, shooting and he’s also a strong swimmer.
He now lives in Żebbuġ with his Swiss wife and their two children. He works for a local newspaper and tends to his collections of 1970’s Raleigh Chopper bicycles and three classic cars in his free time.
Tell us about your journey in becoming an actor.
It was pretty coincidental actually. Close to 23 years ago, a known local actor and work colleague of mine coerced me to be an extra on a local drama. Another actor on set was collecting phone numbers and in a couple of weeks, I was called up for an audition to play a major role in a local film. This film was Mera tal-Passat which was released in 1996, and I had landed a good supporting actor role which I loved from Day 1. From then on, I ventured into foreign cinema productions as an extra until my first offer for local drama arrived in 2002. From then on, offers were never in short supply.
What support systems would you like to see for local drama?
To be perfectly honest, I’m not much of a game changer. I’m happy doing what I do and I have no goals to produce nor direct. I am an actor. You would probably have to ask producers.
What has been your biggest failure to date?
I can’t even think of one let alone sort them out. Hopefully this status quo will remain.
What fashion item could you not live without?
How clothes look on me is really not important, unless they’re military uniforms, which I love.
How would you describe your relationship with money?
It’s not much of a relationship really. I can live happily on nothing. Yet, I do sometimes spend large amounts on collections and cars, and I always feel somewhat guilty before actually committing. If a windfall had to come along, it would be spent and shared out with my loved ones in no time.
Do you have any advice for aspiring actors who want to break into drama?
If you really want to do it, go for it and hang in there. One might spend some time being called up as an extra, but with the right attitude these roles can be beneficial. Eventually, with the right attitude, good opportunities for more challenging roles will turn up.