- Involved in ballroom and Latin American dancing for about 10 years, and represented Ireland in competitions.
- Played a vampire on the BBC series Being Human, a dwarf in The Hobbit film franchise and a werewolf in the 2013 feature The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones.
- While starring on Being Human, he once accidentally left two puncture wounds from his prosthetic fangs in the neck of an actress.
- In 2009, he received the Hamilton Deane Award from the Dracula Society for best dramatic performance in a supernatural genre.
- While filming The Hobbit in New Zealand, he and costar James Nesbitt jumped out of an airplane at 18,000 feet.