Peter Rowsthorn (actor)

Peter Rowsthorn
Born (1963-02-09) 9 February 1963 (age 56)
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
ResidencePerth, Western Australia, Australia
OccupationComedian, actor, presenter, MC, host
Years active1983–present
Spouse(s)Gabrielle Rowsthorn

Peter Rowsthorn (born 9 February 1963) is an Australian stand-up comedian, actor, writer, MC and host.

Early life and education[]

Rowsthorn attended Trinity Grammar School and Rusden College, now part of Deakin University, where he obtained a teaching degree. Prior to entering show business, Rowsthorn was a drama teacher.[1]


Rowsthorn has made appearances on Thank God You're Here, Studio 10 and Hughesy, We Have a Problem.

Rowsthorn started performing as half of the comedy and singing duo, The Cactus Brothers, in 1983 while studying for his degree.

He first came to prominence as a stand-up comic and as a writer and performer on The Comedy Company (1989). Rowsthorn appeared with Warren Mitchell in the film Crackers (1998), was a lead in the Australian children's television show The Gift (1997), had small roles in Bad Eggs and Take Away (both 2003) and played an outrageous hairdresser called 'Miss Kafka' in the Sigrid Thornton telemovie Little Oberon (2005).

He is probably best known for his TV work, particularly as Brett Craig in the hit series Kath & Kim (2002–2007) and 2012 movie, Kath & Kimderella.[2] He played Warren Cronkshonk in hospital spoof Let the Blood Run Free (1990–1992). Rowsthorn was the host of factual show, Can We Help?, on ABC TV between 2006 and 2011.[3]

In January 2018, Rowsthorn was revealed as a celebrity contestant on the fourth season of the Australian version of I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!.[4] On 7 March 2018, Rowsthorn was evicted after 40 days in the jungle coming 6th place.[5]

Personal life[]

Rowsthorn and his wife, Gabrielle, have four children.[6] He has two sisters, Jenner and Sue, and one brother, Mark. His brother, Mark, is one of Australia's richest men.[7] Their father, prominent businessman Peter Rowsthorn (Snr), was the chairman of Toll Holdings.

Rowsthorn is a fan and supporter of the Australian rules football club, Hawthorn, appearing on television ads for the club's membership, as well as making guest appearances in the 2006 and 2007 AFL Legends Match and Community Cup.

Rowsthorn supports various charity and community groups including Oxfam.[8] Rowsthorn is a featured guest on SBS genealogy series Who Do You Think You Are?.


  1. ^ ABC Local Radio, Nicolas Rothwell and Peter Rowsthorn, 27 February 2007. Retrieved 18 April 2013.
  2. ^ "Opening date for Kath and Kim film". 22 February 2012. Retrieved 10 February 2017.
  3. ^ "ABCTV - Can We Help? - Meet Pete". Retrieved 10 February 2017.
  4. ^ Nick Bond (28 January 2018). "I'm A Celeb 2018 contestants revealed". Retrieved 28 January 2018.
  5. ^ "Funny man Peter Rowsthorn voted off I'm A Celebrity ... Get Me Out Of Here!". 7 March 2018. Retrieved 7 March 2018.
  6. ^ "Opinion - Yahoo7 News". Retrieved 10 February 2017.
  7. ^ "The Australian". Retrieved 10 February 2017.
  8. ^ "Rowsthorn promotes a Christmas idea with legs - Media Oxfam Australia". Retrieved 10 February 2017.

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