At 19 years old I decided to become an Actor and went to Drama School in London at The Arts
Educational Schools. After 3 years training I left and began my professional career, the first job touring in
children’s theatre, this led on to my first film role as Moose in the cult film “My Beautiful Laundrette”.
After a few years working in Theatre, Commercials and supporting roles on TV I joined the cast of
fledgling comedy “Birds of a Feather” as Dave, the lover of Sharon (Pauline Quirke). I was originally in 2
episodes but I made such an impact with the fans that I was bought back for the third series. “The Glam
Metal Detectives” for the Comic Strip then followed this; it was a sketch show and I played literally
hundreds of characters.
A year of commercials introduced me to director Peter Chelsom, Peter cast me right away as Gordon in
“Hear my Song” opposite Ned Beatty. Then there were a couple of years getting great guest roles on
British TV, in the likes of “The Hot Dog Wars”, “Dangerfield” and “Kavanagh QC” and “Our Friends in the
North” opposite Malcolm McDowell and Daniel Craig.
My movie career was moving alongside this at quite a pace with roles opposite Timothy Dalton in “The
Beautician and the Beast”, Robert Englund in “The Killer Tongue” and Richard Harris in “Savage Hearts.
In 1996 my agent set up a meeting on a small low budget movie with an unknown director named Guy
Ritchie; Guy offered me the role of Nick the Greek in his movie “Lock Stock and 2 Smoking Barrels”. 3
years later the film was released and became the biggest British movie in the last 20 years and launched
the careers of Nick Moran, Vinnie Jones, Guy Ritchie, Jason Statham, and Mathew Vaughn.
“Lock Stock and 2 Smoking Barrels” led on to more movies and Hollywood started knocking on the door.
Alan Parker had me do a small role in “Angela’s Ashes”, Philip Kaufman employed me to play Bouchon in
“Quills” alongside Kate Winslett, Michael Caine, Joaquin Phoenix and Geoffrey Rush. Richard Eyre called
on me twice, for “Iris” opposite Judy Dench and in “Complete Female Stage Beauty” with Clare Danes.
This was followed by the role of Ted Ray in “The Greatest Game Ever Played” directed by Bill Paxton, Bill
had seen my work and after speaking to my agent he called me from his car phone (very Hollywood) and
offered me the part. Then the role of Big Mike in Kinky Boots came along.
Alongside a very successful movie career I did several TV series for the USA, Canada and the UK.
“Starhunter 2300” in which I played Rudolpho De Luna, I played the co-lead in the BBC series “Cavegirl”.
I played Banjo and Broadman in the adaptations of Terry Prachett’s “Hogfather” and “The Colour of
Magic” for Sky TV, plus the two 20th anniversary episodes of “Casualty” and regular roles in “Kingdom”
(with Stephen Fry) and “Larkrise to Candleford”. More recently I have done two films with the
Warchowski Brothers – “Speed Racer” and “Ninja Assassin”.
I have 2 main hobbies, i love to play golf (at which i am terrible) and i love to coach American Football
(which i currently do for the SoCal Bulldogs in LA)