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Born in Shropshire, he had plans to become a veterinary surgeon but the onset of the Second World War led to him working in a munitions factory and serving in the Royal Engineers. He then decided to become an actor and trained at the Birmingham School of Drama.
His other credits include The Adventures of Robin Hood, Skyport, Bootsie and Snudge, Maigret, Dixon of Dock Green, The Avengers, The Wednesday Play, Department S, Freewheelers , Z Cars, Doctor Who, The New Avengers, Private Schulz and Porridge which he played the hapless Governor Venables.
Film roles include The Hellfire Club and Up The Junction.