Comedian, writer, and actor who is known for his work throughout the British television industry. Between 2003 and 2009, he released three live stand-up specials: Overnight Success Tour, Living the Dream, and The Best Medicine Tour.
He spent his early professional career working as a biomedical scientist at the Bolton General Hospital in Farnworth, Lancashire, England. He gained his first performance experience as a pantomime with similarly-interested co-workers in the Bolton Health Performers troupe.
In 2002, he was nominated for the British Comedy Award for Best Newcomer. This came in recognition for his co-writing, starring in, and producing the sitcom Phoenix Nights.
He was born and raised in Farnworth, Lancashire, England.
He was nominated at the 2002 British Comedy Awards alongside Ricky Gervais, who won the award for Best Comedy Actor.