Rod Arthur appeared on Coronation Street in three roles:
- Luke Bradbury who sold Curly Watts an Escort van for £370 in June 1987
- Harry, the foreman of Maurice Jones's new Coronation Street development from September to November 1989 with a further appearance in April 1991
- Tim Hedges from Weatherfield Council's Parks & Cemeteries Department who was to offer Derek and Mavis Wilton an allotment in April 1996
His other credits include roles in Auf Wiedersehen, Pet; Emmerdale; All Creatures Great and Small; Bergerac; All Quiet on the Preston Front; Heartbeat; Silent Witness; Doctor Who; Cranford; Waking the Dead and Gigglebiz.
On stage, productions for the Royal Shakespeare Company include A Midsummer Night's Dream, Cymbeline, Doctor Faustus, Saint Erkenwald, The Merry Wives of Windsor, The Family Reunion, Oroonoko, Pauline Parkinson's Palais de Dance and A Servant of Two Masters. Other productions include The Caucasian Chalk Circle, Our Friends in the North, Hobson's Choice and When We Are Married.