Gift spent the earlier part of his life knocking about the Midlands, first working as a saxophonist with punk band Blue Kitchen, moving on from there to the Acrylic Victims, eventually joining Fine Young Cannibals after the disintegration of the (English) Beat sent Andy Cox and David Steele in search of a vocalist.
The naming of the band after the 1960 movie All the Fine Young Cannibals (based on the Rosamond Marshall novel) was likely no accident, as Gift certainly harbored acting ambitions. He turned up in a key role in Sammy and Rosie Get Laid, a controversial film by Stephen Frears, following that with small parts for several years, until his 1989 appearance as Johnnie Edgecombe in Scandal. Since then, he has appeared in four episodes of the Highlander TV series. The only on-disc appearance of Fine Young Cannibals since 1989 has been the greatest-hits compilation Fine Young Cannibals' Finest in 1996. ~ Steven McDonald, Rovi