He is a British Actor, who works in films and television. He is famous for his work in the Oscar-nominated Hindi film ‘Lagaan’ and for numerous T.V. shows such as ‘The Dresden Files’, ‘Lipstick Jungle’ and ‘Arrow’. Along with his work in acting, he is also good at photography and has organized many exhibitions and raised money for many social causes. Born in England in the city of Shropshire, he spent most of his childhood days in the military bases of the British army in Germany and England. He started his acting career at the age of 12 with the National Youth Music Theatre at the Edinburgh Festival in 1981. Later, he went to Spiritual Psychology of Acting in London from 1996-98. Before coming to acting, he spent most years in 90’s, traveling around the world and exhibiting his photography.
He first came into limelight when he bagged the role of Captain Andrew Russell in the Hindi film Lagaan. It was his debut film. He recalls that he spent six months in learning Hindi for preparing his role. This movie became a big hit regarding collections and appraisals from audiences. The movie went to Oscars under the category ‘Best Film in Foreign Language’. He also acted in the critically acclaimed ‘Four Corners of Suburbia’ followed by ‘Mindcrime’ and Easton Ellis’s ‘This Is Not An Exit.’ He came back to the mainstream cinema through ‘The Truth Game’.
His Oscar campaign brought him to Los Angeles, which helped him to grab roles in T.V. shows including ‘24’ followed by ‘The Dresden Flies’ and ‘Deadwood.’ In the year 2012, he was cast as Detective Quentin Lance in the American T.V. Series ‘Arrow’. This show is very popular nowadays and has been nominated for the best new drama at the People’s Choice awards in 2013. He has also played several cameos in different T.V. series before coming to lead roles. He played an Irish terrorist in American T.V. series ‘
’ in one episode. He played a role of arms dealer in the T.V. series ‘Leverage.’ Later that year, he also played Christian Harper in ‘The Gates.’ In his personal life, he is reportedly dating actress
. His recent history of work is that he has completed his documentary movie titled ‘The American Journey’. In this documentary, he has featured two men who travel across American interviewing people on daily basis, questioning them about the state of their country and their hopes for their future. He says that the most surprising thing of this documentary was the shattering of stereotypes.
He says that he likes to watch movies and honestly, he is not a big fan of T.V. shows. He held an exhibition named ‘Delhi to Manhattan’ in
. It tells about a journey from the Himalayas through Tibetan communities and ended up meeting with the Dalai Lama in Dharamshala as a part of the “the Missing Peace’ project and donated all the money from this exhibition to the Tibetan children’s in India.