Ross grew up in the Hampshire and Berkshire area of southern England, attending Eagle House and Wellington College. His interest in words began at a young age, starting with Roger Hargreaves at two (Mr. Tickle = legend), devouring the works of Roald Dahl from four and then a fleeting flight with the Fighting Fantasy books by Ian Livingston and Steve Jackson. By eleven, he’d moved on to Stephen King, starting with The Running Man – an entirely appropriate book for a pre-teen… Echoing the work of his then-favourite author, Ross’ free composition essays showed – shall we say – a level of creative blood-lust that convinced Eagle House to ban the works of Mr. King (sorry Steve!)
It was at Eagle House that Ross’ enthusiasm for performing became apparent, appearing as a multi-accented Spaniard in The Adventures of Gervase Becket. Years later, at Wellington, this passion for drama was reawakened as Ross adapted and directed a version of Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Despite having no formal education in the subject to this point, Ross applied to read Drama at University and attended Queen Mary College, University of London and the Central School of Speech and Drama, attaining a drama degree in 1999.
Post-University, Ross built a career in recruitment with leading UK recruiter GCS – originally intended as a short-term solution to get a bit of money in the bank. After two and a half years of things going better than expected (except for an extended period in the hospital due to ulcerative colitis, leading to life-saving surgery to remove Ross’ large intestine!), Ross was offered the opportunity to start a new business in partnership with the GCS directors.
Talisman Technology, with Ross as Managing Director, became one of the UK’s foremost niche market agencies, specialising in software and electronic engineering recruitment. Starting as one man in a small room with no revenue, within five years the company had grown to become a £3.5m turnover business. In 2008, about to turn 30 and wanting to pursue other goals, Ross sold Talisman. He still freelances as a business consultant and recruitment trainer, helping companies across the UK enhance their performance and professional development programmes.
A professional writer since 2009, Ross began by specialising in business writing. Since then, he has diversified into entertainment, reviewing shows and festivals, and interviewing assorted performers and personalities including Mick Foley, Go West, Nik Kershaw, Then Jerico, Sonia, Gabrielle Omar, Nick Holzherr, Sam Lloyd, Heaven 17 and Chesney Hawkes.
Most notably, Ross is the co-author of The Hardcore Truth, the best-selling and critically acclaimed autobiography of famous former WWE wrestler Bob ‘Hardcore’ Holly – an athlete who Ross actually worked with during his in-ring career as a pro wrestler (that’s another story for another time…!). For more information about The Hardcore Truth, visit the writing section.
Ross has always remained “dramatically active”, appearing in productions for local drama societies. His onstage outings culminated in two NODA nominated plays, Sihouette in 2011 and Cinderella in 2012, both for the Ascot-based Quince Players. The pantomime, co-written and sound engineered by Ross, saw him clean-shaven and bleached-blond, and putting his vocal talent to good use as Prince Charming. The panto was a great success, achieving the first complete ten day sell-out in company history, and being named NODA’s runner-up for Pantomime of the Year.
In 2012, Ross took the step from stage to screen, appearing as the central character in two separate episodes of UK Yesterday TV’s Raiders of the Lost Past, as well as appearing in several award-winning short films including BLT (for which Ross received an Outstanding Performance Award from California’s ZedFest), The Keys to Our Mind, The Brightest Star, as well as primary supporting roles in feature films Valley of the Witch and Walking with the Ferryman. For more information, visit the acting section.
Ross now lives in Somerset with his partner, leading lifestyle blogger Victoria Welton (www.vevivos.com), their daughter Grace, and Gypsy – a cat who acts more like a dog.