- Toured Britain with London's National Youth Theater as a teenager.
- Appeared in a Cambridge University student production of Cyrano de Bergerac alongside Nick Clegg, who went on to become Britain's Deputy Prime Minister; Sam Mendes directed.
- Played rugby at Cambridge.
- Won a 2002 Barclays Best Actor Award in Britain for his role in a stage adaptation of the Tennessee Williams screenplay Baby Doll and a 2003 Theatre World Award for the Abbey Theater of Dublin's New York production of Euripedes' Medea.
- Played several notable villains including Nazi medical experimenter Josef Mengele (in the 2003 Showtime movie Out of the Ashes) and WWII-era British fascist leader Oswald Mosley (in the 1998 British miniseries Mosley).
- Met wife Julianne Nicholson when they played spouses in a failed HBO pilot appropriately titled Marriage; also played the fiancé of Nicholson's character (Det. Wheeler) on Law & Order: Criminal Intent.