The Guardian – Interview
Ryan Gibley @ The Guardian
“I was 15 when I first stuck out my thumb and ran away from home”
He has starred in The Wire and sung with the Stones. As Clarke Peters returns to crooning, he talks about hating pop, playing pimps and making his first recording – at the age of four
A few minutes after I ring the bell at Clarke Peters’ home in a tranquil corner of north-west London, he materialises behind me, padding up the path with his wife, Penny. “Sorry, mate,” he says, the British colloquialism sounding odd in his deep, soothing east coast tones. “We were getting coffee. I don’t get to spend too much time with my wife.” Their youngest son recently left for university and Penny tells me she’s feeling “the empty nest thing”. Does he call? “Sometimes too much!” Peters says with a toot of brassy laughter.