- Decided to put off becoming an actor at age 18, telling Variety: "I needed to be a bit more grounded and to have more to draw from."
- Earned a degree in philosophy from the University of Nottingham.
- Before he graduated from the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, he won a small part in the 2010 Woody Allen comedy You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger.
- Drew on his past boxing experience for his action-heavy role in the vampire thriller Underworld: Awakening.
- After a lengthy auditioning process, was cast as Ryan Phillippe's replacement for the titular lead on the CBS drama Golden Boy.