- First found fame in the children's drama series Byker Grove (1989), and then as one half of the pop duo PJ & Duncan.
- Avid Newcastle United soccer fan, often attending home games at St. James' Park.
- Along with partner Dec Donnelly, made his first venture onto the big screen in Alien Autopsy (2006).
- Published an autobiography, along with Dec, Ooh! What a Lovely Pair, in 2010.
- Was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2016.