- Suffered from asthma as a child.
- Studied business in Ireland as an exchange student.
- Took over the title role on the Starz series Spartacus after the original lead, Andy Whitfield, was diagnosed with cancer.
- Was working for a theater chain in Melbourne, Australia, as a movie booker at the time he was cast in Spartacus.
- Lost a significant amount of weight for a film role prior to joining the cast of Spartacus, and was put on a vigorous workout regimen to regain the lost pounds and muscle definition.