Born on 28th May 1959 in Salford, Tom always wanted to be an actor from childood. He was brought up in Manchester and after being sacked from a clerk's job, he managed to obtain a place at RADA. He first worked in Exeter repertory and then played in Richard III at the Royal Exchange in Manchester. His first television work was for Granada on the series The Glamour Girls.
He also worked on Juliet Bravo, The Bill and Bread.