Mickey Poppins rose to fame as Lance Powell in Channel Four's Brookside for Mersey TV. Before that he had worked mainly in theater including a stint at The National Theatre but had made guests appearances in such TV shows as The Bill and Lovejoy. After Brookside, he appeared as a semi-regular on Channel Five's Family Affairs before turning his back on acting in 2005. Having already written and directed a number of short films including The Boy from Ipenema and Ice Cream Jesus he made the leap into full-time directing. Read more... of Family Affairs and has since directed several episodes of Emmerdale. In February 2006, he will be returning to his Mersey TV roots directing Hollyoaks.