Movie and TV actor who was recognized for his performance in the detective drama Wycliffe. He also played Renfield in the 1977 film Count Dracula.
He studied Fine Arts at Kings College, Newcastle, where he obtained his Bachelor's degree. He debuted in the 1969 film, All Neat Black Stockings.
He was one of the principal founders of the Drama Centre London.
His daughter Catherine Shepherd became an actress.
He directed a production of The Two Gentlemen of Verona, starring Mark Rylance, at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre.