- Auditioned, and was accepted, to three different acting schools, but chose the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts because they offered him a scholarship.
- Left RADA early when he was cast as the lead in Billy Budd with the Sheffield Crucible Company.
- Gained critical attention for his performance as Northern Irish snooker player Alex Higgins in Hurricane, winning The Stage Best Actor award in 2003; he also wrote the play, winning the BBC Stewart Parker Award for New Writing.
- 2017, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Nominee
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- Rachel O'Riordan — Wife
- Attended Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, London, England