- Was born in a rectory where his father was a vicar.
- Inspired to act after seeing plays at The Old Vic theatre in London, England as a boy.
- One of his earliest roles was the part of a pair of talking testicles in a surreal radio play.
- Joined the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1981.
- Played Inspector Javert in the original West End production of Les Misérables in 1985.
- Shaved off all of his body hair for his role in Privates On Parade in 2001.