Mike trained in London as an actor, and worked professionally from 1989. His experience includes national tours and regional theatre, and West End productions of Blood Brothers, The Patsy Cline Story and The Beautiful Game. Also, The Duchess of Malfi directed by Phyllida Lloyd, and Edward Bond’s Lear directed by Tim Stark both for the Royal National Theatre.
Elsewhere, The Merchant of Venice, Of Mice and Men, Romeo and Juliet, Dial M for Murder, The Trojan Women. Measure for Measure and Bertram in All’s Well that Ends Well. Most recently for screen in the lead role in “Krakatoa” for Channel 4 and HBO.
Mike was the Artistic Director of Fervent Theatre Company, for six years. His productions there included “Closer”, “Of Mice and Men”, “Twelfth Night”, “Company”, “Duet for One”, “Oleanna” and “Speed the Plow” and “The Zoo Story”. In Berlin, he directed David Auburn's "Proof" and in Norfolk, Harold Pinter's "Betrayal".
He continues to guest at leading Drama Schools and Studios across Europe, including the Schaubuehne and the Konrad Wolf Film University in Berlin, the KHM in Cologne, Skuespillerakademiet in Copenhagen, CRAFT theatre school in Istanbul; since joining the UEA in 2015-16 he also continues to work as a personal coach to actors, directors and writers worldwide.