Born in Scotland, his parents moved south when he was aged 11. Dropping out of school aged 15, Sorbie started cutting hair as an apprentice to his father in Ilford in 1964. He opened his own barbers in Edmonton, North London aged 20 in 1969.
He became stylist for Vidal Sassoon in 1972, and Artistic Director in 1973. Following this he spent time as a stylist and session hairdresser at Toni & Guy and John Frieda, before opening his first salon in 1979 in Covent Garden; he opened a second in Brighton in 2004. In 1986 he launched his own range of haircare products. Sorbie was hair stylist for Torvill and Dean on their Skating on Ice tour.
Sorbie, creator of the wedge haircut and a four-time British Hairdresser of the Year winner, was awarded an MBE in 2004.
Sorbie has appeared in several television programs, and documentaries including The Wright Stuff, GMTV, This Morning, The Afternoon Show, The Salon, Mary Queen of Shops, Watchdog and Faking It, He always appears as himself, as either a stylist or a guest expert. In addition, Sorbie has also appeared in many magazine articles including Harper's Bazaar, Grazia, Prima, Your Hair, Women and Home, Now Magazine, More Magazine, and Look Magazine.
Sorbie designed a range of consumer hair care products. The products were designed using feedback from his salon clients".
Sorbie has a line of three salons; the first "Trevor Sorbie" salon was opened in London's Covent Garden, the second was then opened in Brighton, and the third is located in Manchester.