- Born to an English mother and Sudanese father.
- Uncle Sadiq Al Mahdi was a two-time Prime Minister of Sudan (in the 1960s and '80s).
- Was bitten by the acting bug as a teenager, when he played Puck in a high-school production of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream.
- Initially aspired to be a director, and has directed plays as well as two episodes of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.
- Interests include wine collecting, role-playing games, gardening and home projects.