Ted was born to Oliver and Colleen in Hobart in the winter of 1980; the younger brother of Rebecca and Ben and the older brother of 1983's Jessie.

Like his siblings, Ted had a public school education at Blackmans Bay Primary School, Kingston High School and Hobart College. In 2002, he completed a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Economics at the University of Tasmania, where he became involved in amateur theatre as an actor, director and then writer.

Ted taught English in Tokyo before returning to Hobart due to his father's poor health. In Hobart once more, he worked as an immigration bureaucrat, a social advocate and then as an economist. He left economics to return to the University of Tasmania to study a Graduate Diploma in Philosophy. His thesis was entitled “Why I write such good jokes”, and focused predominately on the work of Wittgenstein.

In 2005, Ted's short film Day of the Valentines (writer/director/lead) won best film at the Hobart Super 8 Film Festival. His 2007 stage play, Whispering Brock (co-writer/director), won Best Production and Best Actor at the Hobart One Act Play Festival.

Ted took up stand up comedy and moved to Melbourne in 2008. Here, he worked in superannuation, as a senior government investigator and then in public health. He also went on to perform in seven comedy festivals across the country. He became well-known for his comedic character, European Man. “Imagine if a man from Europe moved to Australia...”. His shows included Dead to Me (with Aleisha McCormack), European Man 1, European Man 2, Matt and Ted Make Stuff Up (with Matt Burton) and Matt and Ted Make Stuff Up (Again) this time with Paul as well (with Matt Burton and Paul Bender). Ted wrote and acted in the last season of Channel 31's Studio A alongside Tommy Little, Luke McGregor and Anne Edmonds.

In 2013, Ted completed a Master of Screenwriting at the Victorian College of the Arts. During that time, he wrote a feature film screenplay entitled A Town Called Roma and was nominated for the VCA's Screenwriter of the Year Award.

His short film Building Bridges (writer) was selected to premiere at the 2014 Melbourne International Film Festival. Ted was also chosen for the PostScript&Direct Programme for emerging writer/directors at the MIFF 37 Degrees South. Building Bridges was also selected for the 2015 Flickerfest and St Kilda Film Festivals as well as the 2016 ReelGood Film Festival.

In 2015, Ted was the recipient of three filmmaking artist residencies in Europe: in Betchat, France; Assisi, Italy and in St. Petersburg, Russia. He also wrote, directed and acted in a short film in London called Pale Spring, and a Czech language film in Prague entitled Letní Oběd (Summer Lunch). His short film Family Holiday (writer/director) premiered at the 2015 Melbourne International Film Festival and his was selected for the Accelerator program for emerging Australian and New Zealand directors. Like Building BridgesFamily Holiday was selected for the 2016 ReelGood Film Festival. Here, Family Holiday won the Best Film and Audience Choice awards.

In April 2016, Ted shot his first feature film, Under the Cover of Cloud starring himself, Jessie Wilson, Colleen Wilson and David Boon. It was selected for its World Premiere at the 2018 Melbourne International Film Festival in the Australian section of the program, its Queensland Premiere at the 2018 Brisbane International Film Festival, its NSW premiere at the 2019 Screenwave International Film Festival and the Tasmanian premiere at the 2019 Breath of Fresh Air Festival.