His first ever acting job when he was only twelve was touring London Parks with the London Bubble Theatre. He played ‘the boy’ in Samuel Beckett’s ‘Waiting for Godot’. After this he went on to act in theatre productions at The Royal Court in ‘The Good Woman of Szechwan’ by Bertolt Brecht and the much feted ‘Class Enemy’ by Nigel Williams which because of its success transferred from Upstairs to the Main House for a successful run. He has also worked for the Royal National Theatre and performed in musical theatre. He toured ‘The Rocky Horror Show’ playing ‘Riff Raff’ opposite Russell Crowe in New Zealand and has also performed several stints at the Edinburgh Festival. The last of which was playing the lead in Irvine Welsh’s ‘Performers’ based on the 1970s seminal film Performance.
Around the same time Perry acted in various films for The Children’s Film Foundation (CFF), two of these were ‘Where’s Jonny?’ and ‘What’s Next’ written by Peter Smith.
Perry has appeared in lots of British films including ‘Quadrophenia’, ‘Scum’, the iconic lad movie ‘Love, Honour and Obey’. Shane Meadow’s ‘This is England’ and ‘Somers Town’. He played Paul Cook the drummer in the 1986 biopic ‘Sid & Nancy’. Was in a vampire movie called ‘Dead Cert’. Starred in a horror movie called ‘Mum & Dad’. In 2013 he played an ageing rock star alongside Phil Daniels and Keith Allen in Sara Sugarman’s film ‘Vinyl’ and more recently he played an assassin in ‘Accident Man’.
In 1987 Perry played Trevor in the ‘Hi-De-Hi’ episode ‘Tell It to the Marines’. This was the beginning of his relationship with the writers David Croft and Jimmy Perry who put him in two more of their sitcoms, ‘You Rang M’Lord?’ and ‘Oh Doctor Beeching’.
Perry also appeared as a Bank Robber in a 2008 episode of ‘My Family’ called ‘Let’s not be Heisty’ alongside Pauline Quirke, Robert Lindsay and Daniela Denby-Ashe. He also appeared alongside Jimmy Nail for the BBC in a show called ‘Parents of the Band’ written by Dick Clement and Ian la Frenais. You can also see him as a policeman in the music video for Goldie Looking Chain’s single ‘Guns Don’t Kill People Rappers Do’.
Perry had a brief return to TV comedy with ‘Benidorm’ (2014-2015) before going back to the film world with many exciting soon-to-be-released projects, including ‘The Last Heist’ and ‘Accident Man : Hitman’s Hoilday’ and ‘Miss The Kiss’.