Acting Credits

I originally trained in Community Theatre Arts at Rose Bruford College of Speech and Drama.

Over the years I’ve worked in a wide variety of theatre ranging from community shows, theatre-in-education, pantomime, street theatre, large-scale touring, small-scale touring. Living-out-the-back-of-a-dodgy-van touring.

My television career began around 1992 when I was fortunate to land the role of an unskilled escapologist. By coincidence I was unable to get out of a strait-jacket at the time so managed to make the performance look quite credible. Since then I forced myself to learn this particular skill and can now proudly say that I can escape from one in 45 seconds. After that role I went on to play a miner, a policeman, a farmer, a hospital patient, a policeman, a villain, a policeman, a villainous chicken, a policeman, a farmer, a villain, an office worker, a policeman….I think you get the idea.

Mr Loach’s The Navigators.
I appeared in my first film in 1988 playing a farmer (the first of many) in a nice little short called Angelo. My first feature was a footballing film called When Saturday Comes where I was badly cast as a villainous (what a surprise) footballer. Badly cast in the fact that I am the worst footballer in the acting profession. This resulted in almost suffering from hyperthermia and sustaining two broken ribs from my co-star Sean Bean from a fight that went a bit wrong, not that I hold anything against the clumsy oaf! Since then I’ve gone on to play social outcasts, drippy northerners with dubious sexualities and living with their mothers, various undertakers and ubiquitous creeps. I have to say my favourite role was playing the unfortunate Jim in Ken Loach’s The Navigators. A great film in my opinion though probably the least viewed of Mr Loach’s films. Just my luck.

I’ve dabbled in radio drama but never been asked back so… stick to the visuals I’d say.

Fat Brenda. Photo by Lance Burkitt
I’m a die-hard believer in not waiting around for the phone to ring. I dread the prospect of boredom so always keep myself busy.

In the past few years I’ve been responsible for co-producing and performing a one-man play with Shoestring Theatre called Fifty Feet And Falling, a one-woman play with Flamin’ Beltin’ Productions called Fat Brenda – My Flamin’ Story, a street theatre/cabaret act succinctly entitled The World Famous Czeztikov Brothers with Gary The Amazing Dancing Psychic Goat-Boy and at least a dozen star-studded cabarets hosted by my alter-ego Squinty McGinty.
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As Eddie Windass in Coronation Street. (All my own stunts see). Photo - ITV

  The World Famous Czeztikov Brothers with
Gary The Amazing Dancing Psychic Goat-Boy
(The Beatles were obviously a heavy influence in this outfit).
Photo – Mike Kilyon

Squinty McGinty. Photo – Mike Kilyon

Chaos And Cadavers. A bit like Downton Abbey but with undertakers.

Finding a car wheel hub-cap around 1998.

A trombonist in an ill-fitting costume.

 In my druggy days.

Me and some of my ol’ acting chums.

Another brass playing role.

With some more friends. (I’m the tall one behind the midgets)

Arguing around the graveside with David Tennant.
(Yet another undertaker role. I must have the face for it).

At home with the Royles.

Capable of ageing up, and eating dog food from a tin.

It’s all about dressing up and pulling daft faces really.

All in a day’s work (CBBC’s 4 O’Clock Club)