Actor, musician, and comedian who became known to audiences for his appearances at the Comedy Store. His roles in Trainspotting and Carry On Columbus bolstered his fame. In 2016, he portrayed Terry in the film Eddie the Eagle.
When he was 13, he was expelled from school and sent to a borstal.
He received widespread recognition his role in the hit hospital drama Bodies.
He had six children with four women. He was married to his first wife, Alison Owen, from 1982 to 1989.
He is the father of popular singer Lily Allen.