Played the cold-blooded serial killer, Richard Hillman in the television soap opera, Coronation Street.
He played a minor character on Coronation Street in the early 1980s before starting his famed role in 2001.
In addition to acting, he directed EastEnders for a year in the mid-90s.
He was raised in England with his family.
His character was voted the best villain of all time by Britain's TV Times, beating out Larry Hagman's JR Ewing.