He acted in William Shakepseare's play, "Romeo and Juliet," in a Royal Shakespeare Company production at the Barbican Theatre in London, England with Niamh Cusack, Michael Kitchen, Robert Demeger, Eileen Page, Darlene Johnson, Richard Moore, Dilys Laye, and Hugh Quarshie in the cast. Michael Bogdanov was director.
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With actors there used to be a kind of taboo about 'Are you a TV actor or a film actor?' Those lines don't exist anymore. Now you're getting people like Matthew McConaughey
and many others doing quality television. And I think audiences appreciate it. They're saying, 'We're not just watching the same old stuff now.' There are unpredictable endings.
Like fellow countryman Gary Oldman
, he started out his career playing villainous characters, only to later distance himself from that on screen image by taking more likable roles like the ones he played in Troy
(2004) and North Country
His distinctive Yorkshire accent