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He attended Bournville Tech/Grammar School where he excelled in sporting activities but at that stage displayed no obvious interest in drama. He is a supporter of Aston Villa.
He began work as a Commercial Apprentice at the Austin Motor Company Birmingham in 1964 and toyed with developing a career as a professional footballer. After a year or two he became disillusioned with both football and life at "the Austin" and, after watching a Michael Caine film, declared he was going to be an actor. He was encouraged by his apprentice supervisor who was a member of the Alvechurch Amateur Dramatic Society and began his career in a production in which surprisingly he played the part of a policeman. From there he applied and gained entry to drama school.
His latest, most popular role was that of Bob in the Channel 4 TV series Teachers but he has also appeared in many TV programmes over the last few decades such as Coronation Street, Juliet Bravo, Midsomer Murders and so on. He has often played policemen, including the role of Sgt. Calder on the second series of Prime Suspect, and recurring appearances as DS Bernie Duckworth in Juliet Bravo and DCI Rees in The Bill. Other TV show appearances include Bergerac, Boon, Birds of a Feather, Casualty, Doctors, Heartbeat, Holby City, Inspector Morse, Jonathan Creek, Lovejoy, and Agatha Christie's Poirot.
In 2013 he appeared as Valco boss Martin Shell in the third series if Sky One's "Trollied".