Photograph: Lance Burkitt
I am an experienced and versatile character actor with a career spanning back to the mid-eighties. I have a considerable amount of experience in theatre though tend to be more publicly recognised for my performances in TV programmes such as Coronation Street and Dinnerladies not to mention the extraordinarily popular film The Full Monty.

I was born in 1962 in Leeds and still base myself in Yorkshire. I am a co-founder member of the Shoestring Forum theatre company. With them I have helped produce plays and workshops with a mental health focus that have been successfully received as training resources for mental health professionals as well as being powerful theatrical experiences.

I play a variety of percussive and stringed musical instruments, the guitar being my main one. I am particularly skilled in devising, improvisation and clowning and am very adept at street theatre, songwriting, and theatre administration. I also hold a full driving licence though it’s incredible the amount of acting jobs I’ve had where I’ve needed to drive and never had to produce a licence.

I am also an accomplished visual artist, having had my work exhibited in Manchester at Contemporary Six (2011), at the Leeds Gallery (2013), the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough (2014) and as part of the North Yorkshire Open Studios at the Station Art Workshop in Robin Hood's Bay (2015). I have work permanently displayed in the Eat Me Cafe, Hanover Street, Scarborough.
I currently have an exhibition of my work entitled A Year In Bay at the Pyramid Gallery in York running until Sep 2nd 2016.