He acted in William Shakespeare's play, "King Lear," in a Royal Shakespeare Company production at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-Upon-Avon, England with Michael Gambon, Antony Sher, Sara Kestelmann, Jenny Autter, Alice Krige, David Waller, and Jonathan Hyde in the cast. Adrian Nobel was director.
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My first agent wanted me to change [my name]. So I changed him instead. When I made a breakthrough as an actor, people started to say, 'Who's that bloke with the funny name?' They advised me to change it, saying it would never be put up in lights outside theaters because they couldn't afford the electricity. But I would never contemplate changing it. It's who I am. It's my mother and father, my ...
At the beginning of one hit wonder "Tubthumping" by Chumbawamba
, it's his voice that says these words from the movie Brassed Off
(1996): "Truth is I thought it mattered, I thought that music mattered. But does it bollocks! Not compared to how people matter".
Distinctive gruff voice