After graduating from college, he spent a year teaching before he decided to pursue an acting career.
Made his big-screen debut in a small role as a policeman in the 1974 thriller The Black Windmill.
Spent two seasons with the Royal Shakespeare Company in the late 1970s.
Had an allergic reaction to the makeup he had to wear for his role as a dwarf in The Lord of the Rings trilogy (2001-03).
Though he moved on to another relationship, he refused to divorce his wife, Suzanne A.D. Wilkinson, while she underwent a long battle with Alzheimer's disease.
Has lent his voice to numerous animated series, including Animaniacs, Batman: The Animated Series and Pinky and the Brain, as well as many video games, such as Dune 2000, Risen and various Lord of the Rings games.
Collects vintage cars.
2003, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Winner
2001, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Nominee
1981, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Special: Nominee
2002, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Nominee
Ben Davies — Son
Suzanne A.D. Wilkinson — Wife (deceased)
Violet Colley — Aunt
Lisa Manning — Significant Other
Mary Margaretta Phyllis Jones — Mother
Maia — Daughter
Rhys Davies — Father
Tom Davies — Son
University of East Anglia, Norwich, England (BA in English and History, 1966); Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, London, England (1969)