Notable for his major roles in EastEnders, The Sarah Jane Adventures, Grease Monkeys, and Cardiac Arrest, he is also recognized for his recurring roles in series such as New Street Law, Life Isn't All Ha Ha Hee Hee, and Band of Gold.
When he was just fourteen years old, he played a major role in the ITV children's series Dramarama. Later, after studying at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA), he appeared in his second television series, the short-lived soap opera Family Pride.
In 2011, his EastEnders character was the perpetrator of domestic abuse against his wife Zainab, played by Nina Wadia.
Born Ahsen Rafiq Bhatti to a bus driver father, he spent his youth in Nottingham, England.
He and Chiwetel Ejiofor were both in the cast of the 2011 television miniseries The Shadow Line.