- Height: 5' 7" (1.70 m).
- Has a trademark hoarse, northern English accent.
- Joined a seminary (training school for priests) at the age of eleven, but left after eighteen months.
- Studied ceramics at Middlesex University.
- Began his career as a stand-up comedian.
- In an interview he stated his five favourite places as being San Fransisco, Robin Hood's Bay, St Helens, The Brown Edge public house and his parents' refrigerator.
- Quote on being recognised: "This is a good job that gives us a good life, you can't expect to turn that off when it suits you."