Famous for his starring role in the original London West End theatrical production of the musical Mamma Mia!, he is also notable for his appearances on the soap operas Emmerdale and Coronation Street, as well as for his work with the Royal Shakespeare Company.
He trained at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, a school established by ex-Beatle Paul McCartney.
He performed the part of Carl Bruner in the first London staging of Ghost the Musical.
He spent his early years in St. Helens, England.
He and Douglas Hodge are both well known English stage actors.