English actor best known for his work with director and writer Victoria Wood. He appeared in the sketch comedy program Victoria Wood As Seen On TV and in the sitcom Dinnerladies. He is also known for his role as Douglas Potts on the popular British soap opera Emmerdale.
In the early 1970s, he played the role of PC Fred Pooley in close to 40 episodes of Hunter's Walk.
His marriage to soap opera actress Susan Penhaligon lasted from 1986 until 1992. He and Penhaligon began dating again in 1997.
He and Scottish-born actress Ashley Jensen were both in the cast of the short-lived ITV series Love and Marriage.