He graduated from Glasgow University and started teaching before he started his career as a screenwriter and television producer.
Talking about his personal life, he has been married to Sue Vertue, English television producer, has two children together. His first marriage could not be lengthy and ended in divorce. Till date, he seems to be satisfied with Sue and is living a happy life with her along with his two children.
Running at the age of 57, he has achieved huge success. He has been able to collect total net worth of $ 30 million US dollar. He earns most of his income from writing and TV works