- Began his film career at age 5.
- Toured with the Royal Shakespeare Company in a 1999 production of King Lear, with Nigel Hawthorne playing the title role.
- Won a Japanese Academy Award for his work in The Twilight Samurai (2002).
- Received an honorary MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) in 2002.
- Has a black belt in karate.