Arnold Peters (3 June 1925 – 11 May 2013) was an English actor, who played Jack Woolley in The Archers radio soap opera for 31 years.
Born in Hendon, north-west London, as Peter Reginald Gadd, but raised in Northamptonshire, he was educated as a day boy at Wellingborough School. He joined the Royal Air Force in 1944, but was found to be unfit for military service. and after the war spent five years at the Northampton Repertory Theatre (now the Royal & Derngate). While performing in a pantomime during this period he met Beryl, a dancer, who became his wife.
Peters made many appearances on TV, including a regular role in Swizzlewick (1964), which also featured Philip Garston-Jones, whom he replaced as Jack Woolley, and Margot Boyd, also known for her work in The Archers. He also appeared in London Belongs to Me (Thames, 1977), Dennis Potter's Pennies from Heaven (1978) and an episode of Only Fools and Horses called "A Royal Flush" (1986). In the 1990s, Peters appeared in television advertisements for Werther's Original Toffees.
Peters himself was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s shortly after his character began to suffer from the condition but, despite the toll it was taking on his memory, was able to continue acting and was said to “come to life” in front of a microphone. Peters lived in the village of Wollaston, Northamptonshire. He died in May 2013.