Clive Wood was born in Croydon, Surrey in 1954 and studied drama at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. He first came to notice in the late 1970s at the Bristol Old Vic, playing such diverse roles as a singing gangster in 'Guys and Dolls' and the titular hero of 'Henry V'. In 1982 he joined the Royal Shakespeare Company, touring with them in North America in the mid-1980s and he has returned to the company at intervals throughout his career. In 2008 he was part of the ensemble group staging the entire canon of Shakespeare's history plays. On television he gained attention as the 'angry young man' anti-hero Vic Brown in 'A Kind of loving' and has had continuing roles in populist ongoing dramas such as 'The Bill' and 'London's Burning' in which he was joined by his son Daniel Maiden-Wood.