Famous for his roles on the BBC1 soap operas Eldorado (as Marcus Tandy) and Hollyoaks (as Fraser Black), he is also notable for his portrayal of Nick Beckett in the action and sci-fi series Bugs.
Early in his career, he appeared in a youth cooking show hosted by Nanette Newman and made an uncredited appearance in a 1980 episode of the TV series Minder. His breakthrough role was in the 1984 miniseries Annika.
He made two guest-star appearances in Midsomer Murders.
The child of the internationally famous graphic designer Derek Birdsall, he spent his youth in London, England. His marriage to actress Gwyneth Strong began in 2000 and produced two children.
He was cast opposite Emily Lloyd in the acclaimed 1987 film Wish You Were Here.