Had a stammer as a child and had to take elocution lessons.
Left school at the age of 15 to become a circus clown.
Was once a member of an acting troupe called Silly Billy Pickles and the Peanut Street Gang, which entertained children at holiday camps.
Sang with a punk-rock group called A New Lumbago.
Worked briefly in a fish-and-chips shop and shoe factory.
Made stage debut as Alistair Graham in The Killing of Mr. Toad in 1983.
Gained international attention as Freddy, the younger brother of Lucy Honeychurch (Helena Bonham Carter), in the 1985 film A Room With a View.
Appeared in the 1999 Broadway production of Closer as Dan, opposite Anna Friel, Natasha Richardson and Ciarán Hinds.
Involved with the charity Springboard Opportunity Group which works with children with autism, physical disabilities, sensory impairment, emotional and behavioral difficulties, communication difficulties and other learning disabilities.