- First gained fame in his native England for his West End stage debut playing Jesus in Godspell.
- Became noticed in the U.S. after starring in a series of Taster's Choice coffee commercials in the late 1980s and early 1990s that featured a romance that centered on a couple's mutual enjoyment of a specific brand of coffee.
- Best known to American audiences for the role of Rupert Giles in the TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
- Played Frank-N-Furter in a London production of The Rocky Horror Show in the 1990s.
- Has devoted time to a number of various charities, including the Royal United Hospital Bath's Forever Friends Appeal and various animal-welfare organizations.
- Seafield Head — Father
- Helen Shingler — Mother
- Murray Head — Brother
- Sarah Fisher — Significant Other
- Emily Head — Daughter
- Daisy Head — Daughter
- Attended London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, London, England
- Birth Place: Camden Town, London, England
- Profession: Actor
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