Born and raised in Portsmouth, England, I am the son of a 'Dockyard Matey' (Navel Dockyard worker)
After many school shows and amateur dramatic performances at sixteen, I got backstage work with the stage crew at the Chichester Festival Theatre. We moved the scenery but I also got to be an 'extra' on stage as a wounded soldier, and from the wings, while I was watching the great Sir John Mills performing nightly, I knew I wanted to become an actor. I studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, in the Barbican, in the City of London and was awarded the Gold Medal for acting in 1985.
I began my professional career by returning back to the same Chichester Festival Theatre and securing an Equity card - as an actor 'play as cast' in the repertory season. My first role was a nightly sword fight sequence with Sir Donald Sindon in The Scarlet Pimpernel.
I have played diverse roles on stages all around England. These roles include Bill Sykes in Oliver Twist at the Bristol Old Vic, Willy Mossop in Hobson's Choice at the Derby Playhouse and Bob Cratchit in A Christmas Carol at Clywd Theatr Cymru. I've been part of the company at the Royal National Theatre three times: Kevin alongside Alan Bennet, Simon Callow and Prunella Scales in Single Spies. I was in Antony and Cleopatra with Alan Rickman, Helen Mirren and Samuel West; And as Eilif opposite Diana Rigg playing her son Eilif in Mother Courage.
I still love the stage and my most recent theatre performance has been in Strange Meeting - An Opera about Wilfred Owens life in the trenches. I played five characters and performed his stunning poem. This was performed to commemorate the 100 years Armistic.
'...so brilliantly acted and conveyed by...'
My first break in television came in the late eighties with the support of the legendary producer, Leonard Lewis, on the police series Rockliffe's Babies alongside Ian Hogg and Joe McGann. There I cut my teeth on TV as the racist rooky detective Steve Hood and enjoyed working as a regular in a series. I took the lead role of Sean Hooper in Square Deal, an LWT comedy sitcom, which was recorded live in front of a studio audience weekly. An amazing experience in comedy timing. It was directed by Nick Phillips.
I have been on British television with guest roles, supporting and lead characters in series such as Silent Witness, Doctors, Judge John Deed, The Inspector Lynley Mysteries, Holby City, Eastenders, Hustle, Luther and New Tricks.
My first break in a film came with the part of Taktarov, a battle-worn Russian mercenary in the horror film Outpost, starring alongside Ray Stevenson, Julian Wadham and Richard Brake. Then as the hero fireman Paul in BBC One's Lost Christmas, I with Jason Flemyng and starring Eddie Izzard which won an international Emmy and is recognised to be a fantastic modern Christmas classic.
My first lead role came In the indi-horror comedy feature film Kill Me Now, as 'The Driller Killer' - a serial killer who seeks revenge against the idleness of the American teenager, alongside the fantastic emerging comic American talents of Michael Swaim, Beck Bennet and Kyle Mooney. (To launch Micheal Swaims brainchild 'Small Beans' the full film is currently available on YouTube now for here for free.)
I play 'George -The Agent' in Chris Loizou's 'UNTITLED'.
As the Winner of 11 international Independant film awards, the indi-Feature Film is now available to watch on here on AMAZON & PRIME.
Alongside Sabine Crossen, and with over 150K Views on Vimeo, I play 'David in the film 'Augmented' . An 8 min Sci-Fi Black Mirror type short which as a can be watched in full here. Eddie in 'Arifa' has premiered at the Newport Film Festival in California and awaits distribution.
Six from Eight, the life story of Paul Connoly, is in post production. I play the evil Bill Starling.
I live in Brighton with my lovely wife Jessica and her two wonderful children, and I am a father to two amazing sons. Beyond acting, I have a passion for the seaside, walking in the countryside, exploring museums, making pottery, flying my kite and riding my Kawasaki 650. I enjoy snowboarding, have been a volleyball coach and am an advanced scuba diver.
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