Michael studied at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama.
In 1996 he co-founded the Talent & Literary Agency Emptage Hallett, representing actors and writers.
Actor clients include Emilia Clarke (Game Of Thrones / Last Christmas), Caitriona Balfe (Outlander / Ford V Ferrari) Ed Westwick (Gossip Girl / White Gold), Laura Fraser (Breaking Bad / The Pact), Cary Elwes (Stranger Things / Five Eyes) and Phil Daniels (Quadrophenia / Adult Material). Writers include Steve Speirs (Stella / The Tuckers), Robert Pugh (co-writer with Jimmy McGovern on the acclaimed BBC single drama REG) and Jessica Ransom (Horrible Histories). His clients have scripts in development with Bad Wolf and Potboiler amongst others.
In 2000 the company opened a Cardiff office to represent talent based in Wales, and continues to enjoy great success in one of the UK’s biggest production hubs.
He is a director of Ocean Independent, a production company currently developing two films and a TV series based on an optioned series of novels.