He has performed five plays at the Royal Court Theatre in London including two in the theatre's 50th Anniversary year in parts that were specifically written for him.
He won the Best Actor prize at the Palmare Television Festival 2003 for his performance in the hard hitting improvised BBC film Rehab.
He has made two films with the acclaimed British director Mike Leigh. All or Nothing (2002) and the 1950s abortion drama, Vera Drake (2004), which received 3 Academy Award Nominations, the Golden Lion Award for Best Film, 3 Bafta Awards and 6 British Independent Film Awards including Best British Independent Film.
He has a son named Mylo Burton-Mays.
He trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art graduating in 2000.
[on Doctor Who (2005)] I wasn't really a fan when I was a kid, but when David Tennant took over and my son Milo started to get into it, I started to watch the show. Then Matt Smith came in, and I think the quality has got even better.