He grew up in Mornington Crescent, North London; he was from an Irish immigrant community. He was raised as a devout Roman Catholic and served at the altar. In Somers Town, he attended St. Aloysius Boys School. He later went to St. Aloysius College in Highgate, London, and Crayford Secondary School in North End, Kent. He did, however, drop out of school at the age of 15.