He obtained a first class degree in Drama at Birmingham University before spending two years, from 1994 to 1996, at the National Youth Music Theatre - he plays guitar and cello - and also working with London Kensington Sinfonia.
He graduated from RADA in 2001.
Appearing as "Stanley Kowalski", opposite Rachel Weisz and Ruth Wilson, in "A Streetcar Named Desire" in the Donmar Warehouse London. [September 2009]
Playing the title role of Macbeth at the Globe theatre in London. [May 2010]
Plays the guitar and the cello, and has worked with the London Sinfonia.
Boarded at Uppingham School in Rutland.
On 7 August 2011, swam the 16 miles long Lake Zurich Swim race to raise funds for Guy's and St. Thomas's Neonatal Unit, in memory of Alfie Blacksell.
Lives in Dalston, London.
Was brought up in Colchester, Essex, UK.
Is a son of a consultant physician and a charity worker, and has a younger brother and sister.
As I get older, the more I don't want my life to be emotionally out of balance in the way it was in my twenties.
I've done some bits of shockingly bad TV that have never been shown, or at least I hope they've never been shown... Please don't dig them out!
I'm still very much about being an actor. That's why I'm not married with kids.
At a party in L.A., I met this middle-aged gentleman who I was talking to for ages when I asked, 'So, what do you do?' Turns out I was speaking to legendary music producer 'Quincy Jones', who worked on Michael Jackson's hits. And there was little old me rattling on - I was so embarrassed.
I do revel slightly in the fact that I am what I am - an English, middle-class, public-school-educated bloke. There is a reputation with that of being slightly stiff, but whoever gets to know me will see some other element - whether it be vulnerable or silly or camp.
What we consider typical of the male is a question I ask myself quite often - it's relevant to my life as an actor and as a man.
Even though momentarily I thought about being a doctor, I was always involved in theatre and did a drama degree. I just didn't have the guts to go, 'Yes, I'm going to be an actor,' until I was probably 21.
Characters in TV and theatre tend to experience a lot of conflict, so I push myself through sport to physical and emotional levels that hurt so I've some other reference for extreme experience that isn't me shouting at my girlfriend or my mum. It's a way of controlling the uncontrollable.
I didn't want to get into acting just to play bystanders. I feel a bystander enough in my own life. And I do think that theatre can contribute to a certain analysis and commentary on our own world.
I've not been distracted by a long-running TV show or visits to America for pilot season.