I was born in 1953 in Amman, Jordan and arrived in England when I was three for treatment for my inherited osteogenesis imperfecta (brittle-bone disease). I am a wheelchair-user, and have been a professional actor, writer and film-maker for over 30 years.
In 1980, I and Richard Tomlinson founded Graeae (pronounced Grey Eye), a professional theatre company of disabled performers. A writer and performer with many film and television credits, I am probably best known to television viewers for my role as ruthless intergalactic businessman Sil in the Doctor Who stories 'Vengeance on Varos' and 'Trial of a Timelord' (BBC, 1985 + 1986). I have also performed in such theatres as the Royal Court, the Royal National Theatre.
I am a political actor and has worked in plays about Palestine (The Little Lamp, 1999 and Jasmine Road, 2003), about the State murder of Northern Ireland lawyer, Rosemary Nelson (Portadown Blues, 2000). Also "D.A.R.E." (disabled terrorists opposed to genetic cleansing of disabled people) (1997-2004).
I have written and presented several documentaries on themes of disability, including the Emmy award winning Skin Horse (Channel 4, 1983), about disability and sexuality, the Fifth Gospel (BBC, 1990), exploring the relationship between the Christian gospels and disability. I also instigated and presented the Without Walls: 'Supercrips and Rejects' (Channel 4, 1996), about Hollywood's representation of disabled people. Also in a Secret History documentary “The Strangest Viking” (Channel 4, 2003), I argued the case that Ivarr the Boneless was a disabled Viking leader.
In 1995, I founded Sirius Pictures to make video arts documentary Another World. This was followed in 1997 by the award-winning 'The Alien Who Lived in Sheds' (BBC, 1997) which I wrote, directed and starred in. I produced, wrote and directed a music film, “Crip Triptych” (2006). I also produced, wrote and directed a short drama film, “Morticia”, about a little girl who wants to be a vampire.
I am a playwright and my plays include “The First To Go” (about disabled people in Germany’s Third Reich) and "I am the Walrus" (about a schizophrenic who believes he made Mark Chapman assassinate John Lennon). The original draft of "I am the Walrus" is available on Kindle.
I have worked as dramaturg for Theatre Workshop's commission of Ghazi Hussein's play "One Hour to Sun Rise" (2005).
In 2005 I published my first book, "Dreams My Father Sold Me", an anthology of thirty years of my artwork and poetry, with a foreword by Lord Richard Attenborough. My other books published include “The First To Go” (2007), and a crime novel, “The Ripper Code” (2008). He recently published his second novel, “Diary of the Absurd” (2012).