Actor, Director, Writer
Born February 22, 1957 in Accra, Ghana
Born West Africa . Lived in Ireland aged 3-9 . Convent school . Lied in First Confession aged 6 . Sent to satisfactorily brutal boarding school in County Meath . Aged 9 moved to England . Monastery school till 18 . Still dodgy in Confession . Aged 13 decided he wanted to be an actor . Didn't own up to this until he was 25 . University at Cambridge . Footlights . Law School in London . Toured Australia in a Footlights Revue Botham The Musical . A year in Noises Off at the Savoy Theatre . Big advertising contract to sell Guinness . Thought this acting game was easy . Finally came out to his parents about chosen profession and wrote to the Passport Office . Held a spear and said one line at the National Theatre in Frances de La Tour's St Joan . Thought this acting game was not what it was a year ago . Married Victoria Threlfall, a painter . Honeymoon in Central America . Salmonella . Left two stone in Guatemala . Assorted theatre work including The Swap, a cross-dressing comedy, and Judgement a two hour monologue on cannibalism . Four grim months in Dry Rot, a West End revival of a farce that should have been strangled at Bath . TV series: Malcolm Bradbury's Anything More Would Be Greedy . First daughter . More theatre: Lady Audley's Secret . Second daughter . The Choice by Claire Luckham . Made courtly love to Dorothy Tutin in Chichester and on tour every night for several months in Getting Married by George Bernard Shaw . Third daughter . TV series: Joking Apart by Steven Moffat. Bronze Rose of Montreux . Two series of Joking Apart in a five year period. Despair. Learned to be patient. Joking Apart still fondly remembered by drunks on public transport who tell him in detail the plot of their favourite episode . Gave up appearing in TV commercials having sold chocolate, coffee beer, spaghetti, DIY tools, insurance, banking, newspapers, cigarettes, trains and many others long forgotten . Now does voice-overs with No Shame Attached . Third daughter . Theatre: The Rover by Aphra Behn . Film: The Wind In The Willows directed by Terry Jones . 1997 Pilot of Cold Feet. Winner of the Golden Rose of Montreux . Fourth daughter . Get Well Soon, BBC sitcom by Ray Galton and John Antrobus, crazily there was only one series but it could've & should've...etc . Cold Feet series 1 . Michael Frayn's Alarms & Excursions (Gielgud Theatre)) . Cold Feet 2 . Tesman in Hedda Gabler (ACT). Cold Feet 3 . Goodbye Mr Steadman (ITV). The Safe House (ITV). Cold Feet 4, BAFTA Best Drama Series . The Secret (BBC) . White Teeth (Channel 4) . Cold Feet 5 . My Dad's The Prime Minister by Ian Hislop and Nick Newman (BBC) . Chekhov's Three Sisters with Kristin Scott-Thomas, adapted by Christopher Hampton (Playhouse) . Members Only with Nicholas Tennant (Trafalgar Studios) . Some more telly including The Odd Thing and Loads Of Tosh . A pinch of Film : Heidi, Scoop (Woody Allen) , The Thief Lord , Mrs Brown's Boys D'Movie, playing a barrister with Tourette's .Theatre, Steve Thompson's Whipping It Up (Bush Theatre transferring to The New Ambassadors) with Richard Wilson . Tours of Present Laughter and Joe Penhall's Blue/Orange . Months playing a vet in South Africa in Wild At Heart, after which the series was humanely put down . Co devised the staging of Alex, Charles Peattie and Russell Taylor's cartoon banker, directed by Phelim McDermott. Alex played London, Melbourne, Sydney, Hong Kong, Singapore, Dubai, Eastbourne and others . Blithe Spirit in the West End, with Alison Steadman . Chased Lady Edith in Downton Abbey . Three series of Toast Of London, by Matt Berry and Arthur Matthews . series 1 watched by nobody, series 2 won awards . Produced & performed Love, Loss & Chianti a double bill of poems by Christopher Reid, with settings of music and cartoon animation (Chichester) . NHS - Who Cares? by Michael Wynne (Royal Court) . more Mrs Brown, playing her love interest (BBC1). Gap Year (Ch4/TNT) . Cold Feet 6 . Played the title role in King Charles 111 by Mike Bartlett at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater . Cold Feet 7&8 Robert has been killed in the first episodes of: Hornblower and Red Dwarf . Bits of his body played by other people include: his private parts, by Kerry Shale in Joking Apart . and his nose by Phelim McDermott in Gogol's The Nose adapted by Alastair Beaton, Nottingham Playhouse and Bucharest .