Roland Gift first appeared in the British music chart television program, ‘Top of the Pops’ in 1985. He starred in 9 episodes and remained on the show until 1989. He went on to make his big-screen debut in the 1987 American comedy film ‘Tin Men’ directed by Barry Levinson. The film received a positive response from critics and grossed over $25.4 million on a budget of $11 million. That same year, he also starred as ‘Danny’ in the Stephen Frears-directed British film ‘Sammy and Rosie Get Laid.’ The film currently holds a 75% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. He next portrayed ‘Johnnie Edgecombe’ in the 1989 British historical drama film ‘Scandal’ directed by Michael Caton-Jones. The film was lauded by critics and earned a 91% approval score on Rotten Tomatoes. In 1993, he joined the cast of the science fantasy action-adventure television series ‘Highlander: The Series’ created by Davis-Panzer Productions. He played the role of ‘Xavier St. Cloud’ and remained a part of the show until 1997.
Gift next played the role of ‘Eddie Mullen’ in the 1997 murder mystery drama television miniseries ‘Painted Lady’ directed by Julian Jarrold. The series holds a 6.9 out of 10 rating on IMDb. In 2001, he starred as ‘Bernard Ivens’ in the British-Dutch film ‘The Island of the Mapmaker's Wife’ directed by Michie Gleason. The film was based on a short story by Marilyn Sides and holds a 5.7 out of 10 rating on IMDb. He next starred in films and television series like ‘Ten Minutes Older: The Cello’ (2002), ‘Söndagsöppet’ (2002), ‘Money’ (2006), and ‘The Nation's Favourite Elvis Song’ (2013). He portrayed ‘Rhys’ in the 2016 comedy film ‘Brakes’ directed by Mercedes Grower. The film received an 88% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. In 2020, he made an appearance on the television show ‘Britain's Favourite 80s Songs.’ Gift last appeared in the British comedy television series ‘Meet the Richardsons’ in 2021.
Ernest and Bill are two rival salesmen who sell aluminum siding. They both are willing to go to extreme heights to close a sale. Meanwhile, both men are going through their own personal troubles as well. While Bill’s older partner is hospitalized due to a serious heart condition, Ernest is struggling with his gambling problem, which has even lead to problems with the IRS. Things get even more complicated between them, because of their mututal love for a woman named Nora.
Stephen Ward regularly employs beautiful young women for his parties to impress his influential friends in the British government. He is so impressed by one of them, an exotic dancer, that he invites her to live with him. Things get extremely complicated when it turns out that she has an affair with Britain’s Minister of War, as well as a spy working for the Soviet Union.