What's your background in acting?
I've been working professionally since I was 18. I came out of Sixth Form College and went straight into youth theatres in Manchester. An agent who saw me in a play took me on and rang me with an offer from the BBC. I worked for four years on 'Hetty Wainthrop Investigates' as Geoffrey Shawcross.
Your next role is as a hobbit in 'Lord Of The Rings' in New Zealand. Are you looking forward to that?
Yes, it's my greatest opportunity to do something big so far. I'm contracted in New Zealand until December 2000 for three films which is a huge stretch for an actor. I'll be wearing a wig, I'll be shrunk to 2' 6" and I have to learn how to ride a horse, so it's a real step into the unknown. I'm playing one of the bands of four hobbits. I don't know whether it's something to do with my personality, but I always seem to get cast as a cheeky characters, and 'Merry' is definitely the cockiest of the lot - the one most up for a ruck and a good adventure!