Richard Ian Boldsworth, often credited as Ian Boldsworth or more commonly by his stage name Ray Peacock, is a British podcaster, radio and television actor, and stand-up comedian.
Boldsworth first rose to prominence through the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2002, as brash Yorkshireman "Ray Peacock". He then took on this name for his professional life. Peacock has since appeared on various television programs such as Russell Howard's Good News, Doctor Who, and Skins.
Peacock's online podcasts, such as The Peacock and Gamble Podcast with Ed Gamble, have been nominated for numerous awards. Another of Peacock's podcasts, The ParaPod, was selected as "a cultural highlight of 2016" by Sofie Hagen in The Guardian.
Involvement with Red Dwarf
As a life-long fan of Red Dwarf, Peacock requested of Doug Naylor a role on the show, even suggesting that he could have appeared as a "little homeless man who had been on board the ship the entire time". Naylor did not go with this suggestion, but eventually wrote Peacock a cameo appearance in this episode as "Steve", who M-Corp unsuccessfully tries to "sell" to Dave Lister as a friend for 300 DollarPounds within the M-Corp world.
- Tony Hawks had earlier performed the live studio warm up for Series I-IV.
- Both Craig Charles and Chris Barrie have said that Peacock is the best compere they have had on Red Dwarf.
- Ray Peacock is one of the unlockable playable characters in Red Dwarf XII: The Game.
- "The 28 Years Later Affair", Series XII DVD making-of documentary