So Then I Became A Lord
Article in Punch about troubles with car insurance. Read it here
Five minute magazine piece for Radio 4's 'Afternoon Shift' broadcast in '97. Read it here
Article for Country Life about Norfolk. Read it here
Longer article for Country Life about Ambridge. Read it here
Actor - Television
By The Sword Divided 1983/4
It all started with long hair, a gold earring and a sword around my waist. I thought it would always be like this.
Square Deal 1984
I was Nigel Barrington, bastard estate agent, married to gorgeous Emma, Lise Ann McLaughlin, and very annoyed by next door neighbour Sean - Brett Fancy.
Bastard property developer.
Three Up Two Down 1989
George. Pub landlord.
Made in Heaven 1990
Loisa Rix and I ran a wedding agency, with Moira Brooker. Four episodes with well known guest stars and two weddings per ep.
Sharpe's Rifles 1993
Episode 1. Captain Murray. Epic adventures in the Crimea, mortally wounded in cavalry charge. Deathbed scene with Sean Bean. Bliss!
Crime Story 1993
The White House Farm Murders. The story of Jeremy Bamber. I played his cousin David Boutflour.
Faith in the Future 1995
Lynda Bellingham's temporary love interest!
Strike Force 1995
Wing Commander Raikes - "awesome in the air". Two weeks at RAF Leeming. 555 Squadron, saluted by the real pilots and got to land a Tornado simulator.
A very good reason for becoming an actor.
Mac McDermott in "A Taste of Freedom". The last person in a ten minute take involving the whole cast. Serious pressure. It was take 15 before they got to me. Nailed it!
The Bill 1998
Andy Greene in "Sudden Death". The only thing I remember is that I found I was missing an entire page of the script, just as we were lining up to shoot. A lot of 'referring to my notes' acting!
A Prince Among Men 1997-8
12 episodes as Mark Fitzherbert, Chris Barrie's lawyer. Great fun but never really took off.
The New Adventures of Robin Hood 1998
I was the evil Count Frederick. Panto for TV but a fun week in Lithuania.
Grange Hill 1995-1997
17 episodes as Greg Mitchell. Wife has died of AIDS. He thinks she was having an affair. Turns out it was a blood transfusion in the US. All about his relationship with his daughter. Some lovely scenes. Londoner.
The Armando Iannucci Shows 2001
Four episodes of sheer genius. My favourite was playing the priest whose congregation fell in love with him. Also the boss of the office party - with only one member of staff.
The Gathering Storm
The Duke of Marlborough fixes Churchill with an encouraging stare down the ages. With Albert Finney.
Born and Bred 2003
Hans Gothard. German WWII veteran, comes to the Dales to pay tribute to the friend he made in the war - and kill himself.
Murder in Suburbia 2004
"Sanctuary". Nick Chichester, grieving widower.
Shadow Play 2004
Uncle Augustus. 4 episodes. Children's series filmed in Norfolk.
General Leutnant Speidel. Rommel's number 1. Filmed at Chateau de la Roche Guyon, where the actual German High Command was stationed. With Albert Welling as Rommel.
Frances Tuesday 2004
Plastic surgeon, gave Tamzin Outhwaite a new face!
Absolute Power 2005
Jonathan Crossman. They couldn't get Paxman, so I gave a very close impression. with Stephen Fry and John Bird.
Silent Witness 2005
Dodgy pharmaceuticals importer.
I do love being dodgy geezers!
Broken News 2005
Surreal series about television news. Getting good at pretending to read an autocue.
The Thick of It 2005
Cliff Lawton Series 1, Episode 1, first 15 minutes. I get sacked by Capaldi before the opening credits, but I'm now on Netflix!
"Runners and Riders". A bit close to David Archer this one!
Doctors 2006 - 8 eps
Dr. Ferdy Clark.
The fastest filming in the business. Take one or else!
Lead Balloon 2008
Jacob Langley. When I told Nicholas Parsons about this, he panicked, thinking they'd replaced him!
With Jack Dee.
With Jack Dee again, and Stephen Fry. First time I'd had to age up!
The Royal Bodyguard 2011-12
Six episodes. Sir David Jason's 'return to comedy after 10 years'. With the brilliant Geoffrey Whitehead. Fame beckoned at last!
Sank without trace. Back to the drawing board!
Twenty Twelve 2012
I was such a fan - and then I was in it! Two wonderful episodes with the best in the business. Hugh Bonneville et al. Pure bliss!
The Politician's Husband 2013
3 episodes with David Tennant. Slimy politician Freddy Seaborn.
East Enders 2013- 3 eps
Norman Pike. Solicitor. From Ambridge to Walford!
Colonel Ogilvy. Garroted in Budapest. Basically what you join up for!
Ludovic Kennedy. Not a bad look alike job!
Gangsta Granny 2013
Chief Inspector. My first policeman.
The Game 2014
The Home Secretary, who turns out to be the spy they were looking for the whole series!
Frederick Forsyth, helping Tim Roth's Reg Keys campaign against Tony Blair in Sedgeworth.
Rillington Place 2016
Tim Roth again. This time as Christie's doctor, Dr Odess.
Doctor Who 2017
Okay so I was only the voice, but I played a Time Lord! Ticked that one off the list.
Dr King. Whiskers - and irregular bowels.
The Last Post 2017
President Brigadier Alan Slater. According to old chum Miles richardson, who knows about these things, every single aspect of my uniform was wrong.
A week in Cape Town though!
Doctor who - Shada 2017
Yes, I was only Tom's body double, but you can't turn that down can you?!