Ray Fearon was born in London in 1967, one of eight children, and was a junior international tennis player in his teens. He trained as an actor at the Rose Bruford College of Speech and Drama.
His early stage roles included Othello, Charles Surface in 'The School for Scandal', Betty/Martin in 'Cloud Nine', Longaville in 'Love's Labour's Lost', Ferdinand in 'The Tempest', and Pete in 'Blues for Mr Charlie'. His early work in London included Caryl Churchill's 'Serious Money' at the Royal Court Theatre at the age of 17, Hugo/Fred in 'Ring Round the Moon' at the Lilian Baylis Theatre, the one-man show 'The Invisible Man' at the Bridewell Theatre, and Pierre in 'Venice Preserv'd' at the Almeida Theatre. He has also worked at the Liverpool Everyman Theatre, Manchester Contact Theatre, Manchester Royal Exchange Theatre, Oxford Playhouse, and the Barn Theatre, Kent.
His film credits include Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001), Kenneth Branagh's Hamlet (1996), and The Clandestine Marriage (1999). On television, he has made appearances in The Bill (1984), "Waking the Dead" (2000/II), A Christmas Carol (2000), and "As If" (2001/I) amongst others. His radio work includes 'Who Killed Palamino Milero?', 'Pawn Shop Blues', 'The Good Doctor Johnson', 'The Toko Losh', and 'A Raisin in the Sun'.
With the Royal Shakespeare Company, he has performed First Knight/First Tempter in 'Murder in the Cathedral', Prince of Morocco in 'The Merchant of Venice', Stubb in 'Moby Dick', Brachiano in 'The White Devil', Paris in 'Troilus and Cressida', the Marquis of Posa in 'Don Carlos' and, for Michael Attenborough, Romeo in 'Romeo and Juliet' and Othello in 'Othello'. In 2002, he played the title role for Adrian Noble in Shakespeare's 'Pericles' for the RSC at the Roundhouse and then at Stratford. A year later, he appeared as Oberon in 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' at the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield. In 2004, he starred in Steve Water's 'World Music' at the Donmar Warehouse and in Roy Williams' 'Sing Yer Heart Out For The Lads' at the National Theatre.
The following year, he joined the cast of the UK's most popular television serial, Coronation Street (1960), playing Nathan Cooper.