Well-known to HBO audiences for his role as Det. Lester Freamon in 'The Wire,' Clarke Peters is an accomplished actor, writer, director and singer. Born in New York City and raised in Englewood, NJ, he earned a 1992 Tony Award nomination for Best Book of a Musical for writing the acclaimed revue 'Five Guys Named Mo.' As an actor, Peters appeared on Broadway in 'The Iceman Cometh' (1999), winning the Theatre World Award, and as shady lawyer Billy Flynn in the revival of 'Chicago' in 2000 and 2003. His West End credits include 'Blues in the Night,' 'Porgy and Bess,' 'The Witches of Eastwick' and 'Chicago.' Regionally, he has appeared in 'Driving Miss Daisy,' 'The Wiz,' 'Bubbling Brown Sugar,' 'Ma Rainey's Black Bottom,' 'Carmen Jones' and 'The Amen Corner.'
In addition to 'The Wire,' Peters also starred in the HBO miniseries 'The Corner' (also created by David Simon), portraying a drug addict named Fat Curt, and appeared on an episode of Tom Fontana's long-running HBO series 'Oz.' He's also appeared on TV in the FX series 'Damages' (as Dave Pell), 'Life on Mars,' 'Waking the Dead,' 'Blind Justice,' 'Holby City' and 'Doctor Who: "Dreamland."'
Peters' screen credits include 'Notting Hill,' 'K-Pax,' 'Freedomland,' 'Endgame,' 'Marley & Me,' 'Head of State,' 'Death Train,' 'Mona Lisa,' 'Music Machine,' 'Silver Dream Racer' and 'Outland.'