Rayner began his career as an actor in 1969 in his home town of Birmingham playing the Sailor to Richard Chamberlain’s Hamlet at the Old Birmingham Rep. Following his debut he went on to appear at the New Birmingham Rep, the Chichester Festival Theatre with the then living Knights and now Dead Dames of British theatre.
Seasons with the Glasgow Citizens Theatre and a few salubrious television appearances were enjoyed before being unwrapped on to the West End stage in 1973 when he created the role of Rocky to Tim Curry’s Frank ‘n’ Furter in the original London and world production of The Rocky Horror Show, a performance that has enabled him to travel the world and enjoy success in both the theatre and Rock ‘n’ Roll, performing as ‘Rocking Rayner’ was climaxed with a minor hit record and a performance at the World Rock Festival in Tokyo.
Rayner has spent two seasons at the Royal National Theatre and has played a succession of leading and supporting roles in the West End, regional theatres, films and television. Although he played Barachio in the BBC TV production of Much Ado About Nothing, his roles as the News Reader in Douglas Adam’s The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy; Dave Clark, Barry Grants infamous side-kick in Brookside and being a member of Ridley Scott’s US Super Group in the seventies are what his neighbours talk about the most.
- 2013, Rayner is currently working on a version of Tom Jones The Musical with his production company Show Pro
- 2011, Stage, Northern Tour, Paint It White, Playcation
- 2010, Stage, Director, Paint It White, Paint It White , Rayner bourton
- 2006, Stage, Rocky Horror Tribute, Royal Court Theatre
- 2000, Stage, 2000 – 2002, Fascinating Rythems/The Early Late Show, Prodass
- 2000, Stage, 2000 – 2002, West End Nights – Broadway Lights, Prodass
- 1990, Stage, Van, K – Top – Encounters, Royal National Theatre, Peter Gill
- 1989, Stage, Officer Murphy, Street Scene, English National Opera, David Poutney
- 2010, Television, Victim, Crime Watch, BBC
- 2009, Television, Frank Garner, How They Caught Richard Garner, BBC – Crimewatch, Ben Critchen
- 2000, Television, TV to Go, BBC Television
- 1998, Television, Dave Clark, Brookside, Mersey Television, Jeremy Summers
- 1992, Television, Scarkill – Scaramonger 1991 – 1992, Knightmare, Broadsword Television
- 1991, Television, Punter, Trainer, BBC Television, Jeremy Summers
- 1991, Television, George, Young Indiana Jones, George Lucus Productions, Carl Swaltz
- 1990, Television, Jo Gardener, Chalkface, BBC Television, Michael Holder
- 1998, Feature Film, Swedish Harry, You’re Dead, Streamline, Andy Hurst
- 1997, Feature Film, Martin, Parting Shots, Michael Winner Limited, Michael Winner
- 1996, Video, Caretaker, Agression, ANV Productions, Tony Norris
- 2010, Comedy, Director, Paint It White, Clarance Dock Theatre