When I was 7 years old, I was sent to the Pilgrims’s school in Winchester to be a chorister in the beautiful Cathedral there. It seemed like a pretty good idea, so I went along with it without much persuasion. On the day before I left, I remember my Mother testing me to see how quickly I could find the right page in the hymn book as she called out random numbers. I can’t say that skill ever came in particularly handy!
For the next 6 years I was incredibly lucky to travel the world, as part of the Cathedral choir, staying in hotels as we performed in Concert halls, Churches, Monasteries, Cathedrals and Embassies in South and North America, Australia, and all over Europe. By the age of 13 I had well and truly caught the travelling bug, and by the time I was 18, I added several more countries to my list, slumming it in backpackers and hostels through South East Asia and Australasia.
I then had four fantastic years at St. Andrews University in Scotland studying History of Art, made some friends for life, and spent the holidays inter-railing through Southern Europe and down to the cultural melting pots of Turkey and Greece, by now a seasoned and sun kissed backpacker.
After I finished studying at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London, I was sitting in a pub talking to a girl I had met about the record business. The next day I made a few phone calls to some old friends with the idea of putting a singing group together. A week later she had got me signed on a £1 million pound record deal with Universal Music. My years in the classical vocal group, Blake were a whirlwind of photo shoots, gigs in Stadiums and Concert Halls, and some pretty amazing luxury travel all across the globe. I was very fortunate to stay in some of the best hotels in the world, and my experience in Blake certainly put my backpacking days on hold for a few years!
Four albums, a Brit Award, and about a thousand concerts later, I left the group in 2012 and returned to acting, starring in BBC 1’s Holby City for two years as ‘Dr Harry Tressler’. I exited the show after 78 episodes and a careless fall from a tall building.
Having learnt all I needed to with regards to serious medicine, I now consider myself to be one of the UK’s leading bariatric surgeons. Just recently on a plane to Italy, a passenger fell ill, and as the announcement for a Dr came on the tannoy, I had a strong urge to put my hand up. Luckily for the patient, I resisted.
I continue to pursue my career in TV and Film, both in the UK and in the USA recently completing filming on US hit show, ‘The Royals’ in which I played The Lord Chamberlain, ‘Spencer’ (see below!).
In my spare time I am constantly on the move, reviewing restaurants and hotels both for this blog and as a contributor to the Tatler Restaurant Guide.
Travel has always inspired and fulfilled me to my very core, and I hope to be able to carry on living my nomadic lifestyle for many, many years to come.
I hope you enjoy my blog!