He acted in Martin Sherman's play, "Bent," in a Royal National Theatre production at the Lyttelton Theatre in London, England with Michael Cashman, Paul Rhys, Christopher Eccleston, Robert Eddison, and Neil Daglish in the cast. Sean Mathias was director.
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[on 'coming out' as being gay] I immediately felt better in every way. I felt relieved that I wasn't lying. You know, when I was growing up in England, there were no gay clubs I knew about. There were no bars. Homosexuals were shamed publicly and imprisoned. You were on your own, looking over your shoulder all the time, hoping in the handshake of a stranger that he might be somebody gay. The ...
Was offered the part of Mission Commander Swanbeck in Mission: Impossible II
(2000). He was not able to accept the role, due to a prior theatre engagement in London. The part eventually went to Anthony Hopkins
Rich and flawless voice, combined with Shakespearean bearing.