His mother a librarian and Jewish father an insurance broker, the family fled to England in 1938 to escape the Nazis and settled in north London. He has been in the acting profession since the late 1950s - initially working on radio productions - and made his screen debut in the TV series Dial 999 in 1959. On Coronation Street he played Ramsay Clegg - the half-brother of Norris Cole - between May and August 2009.
He is now heard more frequently as a narrator of documentaries and audio books.
Other TV and film credits include roles in The Night We Dropped a Clanger, The Six Proud Walkers, The Saint, Mr. Toby's Christmas, Legend of Death, Nearest and Dearest, ITV Playhouse, Fraud Squad, Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased), Callan, Are You Being Served?, Crown Court, Rising Damp, Revenge of the Pink Panther, Monkey, Strangers, The Tempest, The History of Mr Polly, Bergerac, Minder, William's Wish Wellingtons, Horizon, That Peter Kay Thing, Silent Witness, Holby City, The Bill, Going Postal and Casualty.