He is more than just another on-screen tough guy; he portrays violence as it really is. Coming from humble beginnings, he has learnt first hand how tough life can be. Every inch the rebel in his youth, he was expelled from drama school less than a year after deciding to pursue his dream. But Ray didn't let this put him off...And it was this, his cocky aggressive attitude that led director Alan Clarke to believe he would be so perfect for the lead role in Scum. And he hasn't looked back since! Over the years, working with some of the finest directors in the business, Ray has achieved success on the stage, as well as on both the small- and big- screen. In this, the first ever biography of the unflinching star, prize-nominated author Nigel Goodall provides a fascinating insight into the intriguing life of the rebel made good. Painstakingly researched, and drenched in Ray's own gritty dialogue, for once we get to see the man behind the tough exterior.