Peter Rylands appeared on Coronation Street in four roles:

His other credits include roles in Hannay, Children's Ward, Heartbeat, Prime Suspect 3, Bugs, The Bill, Peak Practice, The Royal, Emmerdale, Hollyoaks and South Riding, along with the 2001 film The Parole Officer.

On stage he has appeared in productions of David Copperfield, The Makropulos Case, Tom's Midnight Garden, The History Boys and The Comedy of Errors.