- Made his big-screen debut in 1989, playing a doctor in the Jeff Goldblum romantic comedy The Tall Guy.
- Became known to British audiences with villainous turns in Inspector Morse: Cherubim & Seraphim and Taggart: Double Exposure (both 1992).
- Collaborated on several films with actor Sean Pertwee, director Paul W.S. Anderson and producer Jeremy Bolt (all of whom he met at the Central School of Speech and Drama), including Shopping (1994), Event Horizon (1997) and Soldier (1998).
- Breakout role came with the part of Col. William Tavington in Mel Gibson's historical drama The Patriot (2000).
- Became a household name playing the nefarious Lucius Malfoy in the Harry Potter film adaptations.
- Made an uncredited appearance as "Bearded Man" in a fake movie trailer from the 2007 double feature Grindhouse.
- Is fluent in Spanish.
- 2015, Critics' Choice Television Awards — Best Supporting Actor in a Movie or Limited Series: Nominee
- 2008, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Nominee
- Lily — Daughter
- Emma Hewitt — Significant Other
- Ruby — Daughter
- Bristol University, Bristol, England (1985); Central School of Speech and Drama, London, England (1989)
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- Birth Place: Liverpool, England
- Profession: Actor
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