Originally from Sunderland I studied Fine Art at Trent Polytechnic (now the University of Nottingham). After graduating I began work as a scenic artist for Nottingham Playhouse, moving to the Royal Exchange in Manchester soon afterwards.
From Manchester I moved to Scotland to take up the position of senior scenic artist at Pitlochry Festival Theatre.
After Pitlochry I moved to Edinburgh where over the course of the next 19 years or so I worked in theatre, exhibition, as a set builder and model maker for commercial photographers, as a mural artist, eventually moving the world of film and TV.
Since moving into the film industry I have worked on numerous short films and low budget features including Amy Neil’s award winning short film 'Can’t Stop Breathing' (Scottish BIFA winner – Best New Work 2005, Katrin Cartlidge Foundation Award, 2005, Special Jury Prize for Best Short Film – Seattle International Film Festival, 2005). My first fully funded feature film as production designer was Justin Molotnikov's 'Crying With Laughter' (Edinburgh Film Festival 2009, winner of Best Film, BAFTA Scotland 2009 - BBC Scotland, Scottish Screen, EM Media).
I designed Zam Salim’s debut feature film 'Up There' (UK Film Council, Scottish Screen) ,which premiered at the 2011 Heidelberg Film Festival in November, and Bryn Higgins’ 'Unconditional' (Stone City Films). I also acted as art director on Turner Prize winner Gillian Wearing’s first feature film 'Self Made' (London Film Festival 2010). In 2011 and 2012 I art direct on three major television productions shot on location in and around my native north-east: Teamworx two-part film adaptation for German TV of Charlotte Link’s best selling novel 'Das Ander Kind' ('The Other Child'), ITV Studios drama series 'Vera' and 'Inspector George Gently' for the BBC.
Since 2012 I have art directed two features shot in the North East - Duane Hopkins second feature 'Bypass' and Bryn Higgins' 'Electricity' both of which have been chosen to premier at this year's BFI London Film Festival. More recently I have designed two films that required complete set builds - 'Stereotype' for McGibney Productions in Nottingham and 'Country of Hotels' which was shot in Basildon and art directed the short film 'Midnight of My Life' about Steve Marriot, starring Martin Freeman ('The Office', 'The Hobbit') and directed by Phil Davies ('Quadrophenia').
In 2017 I worked a number of shorts and features both as designer and art director. These included the low budget feature films 'Two Graves' (written and directed by Gary Young [writer of 'Harry Brown'] and starring Cathy Tyson ['Mona Lisa'], Katie Jarvis ['Fish Tank'], David Hayman ['Trial and Retribution', 'The Bill'] & Dave Johns ['I, Daniel Blake']), Richard Heap's 'The Runaways' starring Molly Windsor ('Three Girls), Mark Addy ('The Full Monty', 'Game of Thrones') & Tara Fitzgerald ('Brassed Off', 'Game of Thrones') and Abigail Blackmore's 'Tales From The Lodge' starring Mackenzie Crook ('The Office', 'Pirates of The Caribbean) , Johnny Vegas ('Still Open All Hours', 'Benidorm'), Laura Fraser ('Breaking Bad', 'Better Call Saul'), all of which will be released in 2018.