Comes from a long line of journalists – his father, grandfather and great-grandfather all worked for prominent London newspapers. Is a black belt in the Shaolin System Nam-Pai-Chuan of Kung Fu. Originated the role of Miss Trunchbull in the West End production of Matilda the Musical in 2011 and later transferred with the show to Broadway in 2013. While playing the role of Miss Trunchbull, he received fan mail addressed to "Ms Carvel," which he had framed. Is the voice for the Imperial Agent character in video game Star Wars: The Old Republic.