- Was very poor as a child after his father left home, used to beachcomb with his mother to find food.
- Started his career as a child in adverts and children's films including the TV film of Peter Pan (1976) and the dual roles in The Prince and the Pauper (1976).
- Has a passion for outdoor activities which includes flying aeroplanes, surfing and deep sea diving.
- Is a bee-keeper.
- Is 6'2''.
- Has trodden the boards in stage performances such as The Dresser as well as his television and film work.