David Parfitt is a film producer and actor. He won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 1998 for Shakespeare in Love.\nParfitt was born in Sunderland. He was awarded a Honorary Doctorate of Arts from the University of Sunderland in 1999. He played Peter Harrison in the sitcoms ...And Mother Makes Three and its sequel ...And Mother Makes Five.\nHe played the original Tim Beecham, an old friend of Nigel Pargetter in the BBC Radio 4 serial The Archers. Tim was a 'Hooray Henry' and was known for persistently failing his law exams.\nParfitt was educated at the Barbara Speake Stage School, an independent school in London. He began his stage career with Sunderland Empire Theatre Society in 1969 but he gave up acting in the late 1980s to concentrate on production, and has been working as an independent film producer for the past 25 years and is, at present, living in Brixton with his wife Liz Parfitt and his three children Bill, Thomas and Max Parfitt.