Mike left school at the age of sixteen to work in the coal mines as an apprentice electrician, with the goal of funding a future career as a rock star. He became a rock 'n' roll star has-been shortly after, went back into education and, in 1992, graduated from Edinburgh University with an Honours degree in Linguistics.
In his final year at university, he wrote his hugely successful stage play The Cut, instead of attending classes. His writing career took off and, in 1996, Mike became writer-in-residence at the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, under the Thames TV Bursary Scheme.
He went on to write extensively for television, creating the hit crime series Donovan. His stage writing also continued apace, and he won a Fringe First at the Edinburgh Festival in 1997 with his play, Anna Weiss.
Mike plays guitar in various local bands and has been known to sing, if provoked. His hobbies include living like a rock star, beer and sewing.
Debut stage play set in a mine pit
Adaptation of the Robert Swindells' novel
Love story set in a public toilet
Drama series set in a tight knit Glasgow community
Sixth series of the police drama set in the 1960s