British actor who is famous for his career throughout film and TV, including in The Bill, Where the Heart Is, and EastEnders as Derek Branning in 1996. He starred as General Benningsen in the BBC One adaptation of War & Peace in 2016.
He earned his acting degree from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. He earned his first on-screen acting credit in 1985 in a guest starring capacity in Marjorie and Men.
He appeared as the head of the London fire department in the 2016 film London Has Fallen. He passed away unexpectedly in November 2017 at his home in England.
He married actress Ashley Jensen in 2007. The two had a son named Francis together. His 2017 death was met with an outpouring of grief from her and the rest of his family.
He appeared alongside Gerard Butler in the 2016 action film London Has Fallen.