"Roy is the sort of person who rehearses a conversation before he goes into a shop, and if he does not get the right answer back he can't compute it."
Born in Loughborough on March 13, l949, and attended Garendon Secondary Modern School, leaving when he was l5 years old. He was 20 when he decided to try for drama school, auditioned successfully and did a 3-year drama course at the Central School of Speech and Drama. In 1972 he went into rep in Watford. At the same time, he worked as a gas fitter, plumber, ice-cream salesman and barman.
Since becoming an actor he had stints as a theatre director (running the Little Theatre Company in Bristol and directing the premiere of Raymond Briggs' "When The Wind Blows" at the Whitehall Theatre, London), taught drama at RADA Central and Rose Bruford College, and written plays. His TV roles include Z Cars, Up Pompeii, Bergerac, Casualty, Boys from the Blackstuff, Terry & Julian and Heartbeat. But it was as the incredibly geeky Roy Cropper on Coronation Street that he is best known. He has appeared on the famous cobbles since 1995.