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Educated at St George's Secondary Modern School, he was a member of the choir and first performed on stage with the Rowntree Youth Theatre. Upon leaving school he undertook a five- year apprenticeship with a firm of optical instruments manufacturer and remained with the company before moving to London in 1966, graduating from RADA in 1968.
His other credits include roles in Nearest and Dearest, A Family at War, The Professionals, King of the Ghetto, The Buddha of Suburbia, Casualty, Band of Gold, Our Friends in the North, Reckless, Vanity Fair, Wild West, Truth Dare Kiss, Ideal, New Tricks, Benidorm, Broadchurch, Prisoners Wives, Game of Thrones, Mount Pleasant and films including Prick Up Your Ears, Left Luggage, The King Is Alive, Gabriel & Me, Nicholas Nickleby, Exorcist: The Beginning, Hot Fuzz and seven films in the Harry Potter collection.
On stage he has appeared in productions of Richard II, Macbeth, Twelfth Night, The Cherry Orchard, Measure for Measure, Jumpers, Captain Swing, Antony and Cleopatra, My Girl, The Churchill Play, Arden of Faversham, King Lear, Moliere, Tartuffe, The Winter's Tale, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Cymbeline, Three Sisters, Doctor Faustus, The Alchemist, Julius Caesar, Hamlet, Phedre, Britannicus and Titus Andronicus.