Clifford was born in Barking, Essex, and spent most of his early years divided between the family homes in Ilford and Clacton-on-Sea. He started acting in plays at Uphall Primary School (usually taking the comedy roles) and then appeared in a few productions at Chadwell Heath High School, where he gained his O levels.
Clifford started semi-professionally acting at the age of 16 in his local theatre (the Kenneth More, Ilford) and quickly established himself as a versatile character actor, and as a stand-up comic and magician on the cabaret and club circuit.
Turning full time professional in 1997, he progressed on to performing more and more cabaret, but still maintained his connection to the stage. Clifford has appeared in all genre of production from classics such as Marlowe’s Edward II, playing the scheming Earl of Lancaster through to comedies, farces and the odd musical. One of his most acclaimed roles was the patriarchal Big Daddy in Tennessee William’s Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, for the award winning Big Splash Theatre Company. In the past Clifford has supported some legends in the British theatre and cabaret circuit including, Danny la Rue, Bert Weedon and George Melly.
In video, film and TV, Clifford has worked with Kula Shaker, Ruby Wax and most recently Cheryl Cole, Al Murray - The Pub Landlord,Russell Kane and the up-and-coming King Krule.
He played Sir Winston Churchill, in the acclaimed Farewell Winston, and Clifford is still heavily involved touring the country with his one man (or should that be one woman?) show - Dame Nellie Better, he has even appeared as Dame at the London Palladium in a charity pantomime for McMillan Nurses which also starred Sinitta.
His other credits include commercials for Specsavers, Capital One Credit Cards, The Samaritans and Cadbury’s Crème Eggs, TV shows The Ruby Wax Show and Ready, Steady Cook (Christmas Special). In the corporate world he has appearances for Nickelodeon, Microsoft, and Facebook. He spent two years as Sir Topham Hatt (the Fat Controller) for Hit Entertainment’s Thomas and Friends and two years as Henry VIII at the renowned Medieval Banquet in London.
In his spare time Clifford is a keen historian specializing in London history and the events and people surrounding the Titanic disaster. He is a supporter of the wonderful Leyton Orient Football Club and also takes great delight hacking his way around a golf course!
Unique traits: Advanced driver, PCV (bus) licence, SIA Trained, Close up magician