Had jobs carrot picking, plumbing, street trading and as a barman before joining Eastenders. Supports Manchester United FC "The Red Devils". Is into boats and likes to go fishing and sailing during his days off. Left school in 1975 with no qualifications but later enrolled at college as an adult, passing both O and A Level Sociology and Politics.Took a one-year break from EastEnders (1985) in order to concentrate on pantomimes. Revealed in an interview in December 2002 that he keeps all the scripts of Eastenders that he appears in.