Royal Academy of Dramatic Art
Stretford Grammar School
Cast as King Brahmwell in action fantasy film "Jack the Giant Slayer"
Cast as one of the eight dwarfs in "Snow White and the Huntsman" opposite Kristen Stewart and Charlize Theron
Played a murderous Santa Claus in FX miniseries "American Horror Story: Asylum"
Nominated for the 2011 Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-series or Motion Picture Made for Television ("The Pillars of the Earth")
Portrayed Blackbeard, pirate captain of the Queen Anne's Revenge in "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides"
Co-starred with Renée Zellweger in thriller "Case 39"
Starred in "The Pillars of the Earth," an eight-part miniseries adapted from Ken Follett's novel
Starred on short-lived NBC drama series "Kings"
Lent voice to animated feature "Kung Fu Panda"
Received rave reviews for Daniel Sullivan’s Broadway revival of Harold Pinter’s "The Homecoming"
Co-starred in Paul W.S. Anderson's remake of 1975 film "Death Race"
Voiced Ragnar Sturlsson in feature adaptation "The Golden Compass"
Voiced Captain Hook in "Shrek the Third"
Played a dead journalist in Woody Allen's "Scoop"
Co-starred with Matthew McConaughey in sports drama "We Are Marshall," directed by McG
Joined Rodrigo García's ensemble "Nine Lives," a series of vignettes offering glimpses into the lives of nine women
Portrayed historical figure Al Swearengen on HBO series "Deadwood"; received Emmy (2005) and SAG (2006) nominations for Best Actor
Featured in the Jonathan Glazer’s critically acclaimed indie "Sexy Beast"
Returned to West End to make musical debut as Darryl Van Horne in "The Witches of Eastwick"
Acted onstage in L.A. in "The Yield of the Long Bond"
Returned to British stage in "The Admirable Crichton" at Chichester Festival
Played title role on British TV series "Madson"
Made one-shot return to movies in "Con Man"
Reprised "Lovejoy" in second set of episodes (aired in the U.S. on A&E)
Starred as David Cleveland, a freelance investigator in a series of TV movies adapted from mystery novels by Dick Francis
Joined cast of CBS primetime serial "Dallas" as screenwriter Don Lockwood
Featured in ABC miniseries "War and Remembrance"
Last feature for five years, "Grand Larceny"
Played title role as an antiques dealer who solves mysteries on British series "Lovejoy" (BBC); also produced through his production company McShane Productions
Last stage role for more than a decade, "Inadmissible Evidence"
Co-starred in NBC miniseries "A.D."
Played Prince Rainier in ABC biopic "Grace Kelly"
Played regular role of Greek millionaire Niko Theophilus on NBC primetime serial "Bare Essence"
Appeared opposite Lee Remick in ABC remake of "The Letter"
Acted in a California staging of "As You Like It"
Garnered praise for his performance in title role of biographical miniseries "Disraeli"
Cast as Elizabethan playwright Christopher Marlowe in "Life of Shakespeare"
Cast in featured role in groundbreaking ABC miniseries "Roots"
Portrayed Judas Iscariot in NBC miniseries "Jesus of Nazareth"
Acted in ensemble of comedy thriller "The Last of Sheila"
Co-starred in comedy "If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium"
Originated role of Marat in "The Promise"; reprised part on Broadway; co-starred with Judi Dench and Ian McKellen
Landed first starring role in films opposite Hayley Mills in "Gypsy Girl"
Toured the U.K. in Joe Orton's black comedy "Loot"
Played Tom in London revival of "The Glass Menagerie"
Film debut, "The Wild and the Willing"; cast while still a student at RADA