He joined the National Youth Theatre after leaving school and worked for some two years as a model, a profession he admits he hated. During this time it is stated that the singer Madonna asked him on a date, an offer which he refused. He then started to look for work as an actor, gaining a three-month stint in Emmerdale after which he appeared in the mini-series Island and the French film Les Soeurs Soleil. Coronation Street then followed and he left the programme after a year to concentrate on a career as a pop singer, gaining two records in the top thirty.
He then returned to acting and has had a successful career in the United States of America in films such as Black Hawk Down, Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid, Tamara, Resident Evil Extinction, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and Atlas Shrugged, Part 1. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and four children.