Roger was brought up in Derbyshire. After leaving the Rose Bruford School in 1967 he worked for two years in rep. and a year with the RSC. This was followed by five years as a Drama teacher.
After six months as a busker in Leeds, he joined Peter Cheeseman’s permanent company at Stoke on Trent for two years. Work ranged from Shakespeare, Brecht and Aykbourn to the variety style ‘Roadshows’, directed by the wonderfully idiosyncratic, late Ken Campbell.
From the mid 70’s Roger has worked extensively in Television. Following over 200 appearances as a musician on Thames TV’s Rainbow he became well known to a generation of children. Around this time he broadcast the last few editions of Listen with Mother.
A huge amount of T.V. work followed.He was Kipper in Big Deal (BBC) for three series. He has played policemen and shopkeepers in everything from Oranges are not the Only Fruit to Waterfront Beat (Mersey TV). He played Bunny in Eldorado and has made dozens of television commercials for both the UK and Europe.
He toured with the RSC in 1989 and played Bottom in The Dream and Boniface, the inn landlord in The Beaux Stratagem (director, Clifford Williams).
He appeared in Sir Peter Hall’s production of A Streetcar Named Desire at the Haymarket, as Pablo Gonzales and was at Chichester and the Savoy theatre as Inspector Messiter in The Magistrate.
In December 1999 he played James in David Hunter’s radio production of A Catapult and a Lady’s Spin. He became a member of the BBC Radio Repertory Company for six months.
In 2005/6 he went on a 35 week national tour playing Trotter in Journey’s End. Four months later, he reprised the part in the West End, with an hour’s rehearsal, having only being contacted on the opening night!
Roger has a medium voice, age range 25-70. He speaks a little Spanish and some German, and can offer American , Spanish and German accents. Dialects include RP, West Country, Midlands, Yorkshire, S&E London and Liverpool. His Native dialect is Derby.
Roger is an expert folk banjo player, singer and guitarist and he crossed the Atlantic in 1988 in a 42ft sailing boat.