He played the first on-screen gay character, Todd Grimshaw, in Coronation Street (1960).
While born in Norfolk, he grew up in Buxton, Derbyshire and attended Lady Manners School in Bakewell and Buxton Youth Theatre.
His parents are Australian. His mother belongs to a theatre group in Buxton and his dad makes musical instruments.
He has five sisters and two brothers. Three of his sisters are in a string quartet. His eldest sister runs her own nursery school. His youngest sister sings and acts, and Bruno writes songs for her to perform to.
He was voted 'Best TV Performance' of 2004 by readers of Heat Magazine.
Victoria, his girlfriend of three years, gave birth to his son Freddy in August 2007.
In November 2017, he pleaded guilty to two sexual assaults at Manchester Magistrates Court.
Personal Quotes (4)
I'm a creative person. When I was younger I was always writing poetry and stuff. I was way too wet for my own good.
[on Doctor Who (1963)] I do remember Tom Baker wandering around with his long scarf, but not much else.
[on the Daleks] It's that whole thing like in The Terminator films of something chasing you that you can't get away from. Everyone can identify with that.
I auditioned for the part the same day as doing television interviews that tied-in with leaving The Street. I found out a few days later that I'd got the part and I couldn't have asked for a better next role because Doctor Who (2005) is another great institution.