Born in Coventry in the English Midlands, I studied Drama/English at Hull University and began working as an actor in the theatre with such names as Mike Bradwell, Danny Boyle and Anthony Minghella; And with companies as diverse as Hull Truck, The Bush and Stratford East. I also worked extensively in film and TV appearing most notably as Eric Catchpole in over 50 episodes of the BBC’s long running series, Lovejoy.
Through my own company, Picture That, I produced and directed To Baldly Go, a short romantic comedy which was sold to Channel 4 in the U.K, and also secured an international distribution contract, selling to numerous TV stations throughout Europe and the USA.
After a brief spell working in drama script development at BBC Pebble Mill, in Birmingham, I made two more short films for Picture That; Poppy’s Present, which I produced and directed and Puke Fiction (The Vomit Trilogy), which I wrote and directed.
Puke Fiction, was shown in competition at the Ritzy Cinema in Brixton and won the Electric Pavillion Award, for Best Film, awarded by the Halloween Society. It was also chosen for a screening at the ICA as part of the ‘Uncut’ season of short films. It was also shown in the ‘British Shorts’ section of the Manchester Film Festival and The Big Fix Festival in Birmingham.
My broadcast directing credits include: Dream Team, produced by Hewland International for BSkyB. Coronation Street, for Granada, Crossroads, for Carlton, Family Affairs, for Grundy’s Courtroom for Mersey TV, Hollyoaks also Mersey and over 40 episodes of East Enders for the BBC.
My theatre writing credits include: The Dig, a two act comedy for The Cambridge Theatre company, The Liberty Tree for Public Domain, Defiance for The Space and Nadya at The Park.
My TV writing credits include: Mancini’s Empire for LWT, One Inch Of Heaven for the BBC, Roeg’s Rage for Chrysalis, Wired, for the BBC comedy department, The Watsons for BSkyB, plus numerous episodes of The Bill for ITV and Doctors, Casualty and Holby City for the BBC.
My feature film screenplays include a ghost story The Lost. And Human Resources which received a development grant from Screen West Midlands allowing me to develop on into a second and third draft.
I am currently writing for the theatre and television and I am Artistic Director of Public Domain Productions, and write the political philosophy blog, I Am Not A Number. I am the cofounder of the Tolpuddle Radical Film Festival and am a member of the TV Committee of the Writers Guild Of Great Britain.
In 2014 my theatre play, The Liberty Tree, was one of the winners of the Script6 national playwriting competition run by The Space and was produced in May/June 2015 in Bath and London in a co-production between Public Domain and Bath Spa University.
In November 2014, after several years of research and development, I have completed my play, Nadya, about Stalin’s second wife, Nadya Alliluyeva, which is being presented as a rehearsed reading by The Production Exchange, in September 2015 at The Park, starring Phyllis Logan.
I have lectured on scriptwriting and theatre, Film & TV production at the University Of West London, Leeds Metropolitan University and Bath Spa University.