- Left school at the end of his fifth year to play for Greenock Morton football club.
- Made two appearances for Greenock Morton as a substitute during the 2001-02 season.
- Won Most Promising Newcomer at the 2002 British Independent Film Awards for his first on-screen role in Sweet Sixteen.
- Nominated as Best Supporting Actor at the 2006 Scottish BAFTAs for his role in Red Road.
- Has played the lead role in hit drama Line of Duty since 2012.