He was inspired to become an actor by the show Dr. Who, and his parents asked him to pursue a traditional job. He remained single-minded in his the pursuit of his goal, and was discovered by actress Edith MacArthur.
In 2007, he won a National Television Award for Most Popular Actor for his role as Dr. Who.
He married Georgia Moffett in 2011. The couple had five children, Ty, Olive, Doris, Wilfred, and Birdie.