Ian was last seen at the Mercury playing Michael in Dancing at Lughnasa, and Aston in The Caretaker by Harold Pinter. Prior to that for the Mercury Theatre Company he appeared in What the Butler Saw, The Duchess of Malfi, Richard III, The Provoked Wife, A Streetcar Named Desire, The Crucible and The Recruiting Officer.
Other theatre includes Two Gentlemen of Verona (RSC and West End); Peaches (Royal Court); and for theatres and repertory companies around the country: No Way Out, The Long and the Short and the Tall, Keyboard Skills, Dracula and The Darling Buds of May.
Recent television credits include Casualty, Coronation Street, Scoop, Little Howard’s Big Question, Uncle Max, Nuzzle and Scratch. Most recently audiences may have seen him as the ex-footballing Geordie pundit, Terry McIlroy, in Chanel 4’s Pete Vs Life. Among younger audiences he will possibly be known for his various character guises during his long run on Dick and Dom in Da Bungalow performing in 265 live shows on BBC1. He went on to do more of the same in the serials The Legend of Dick and Dom and Diddy Movies. Ian has also created and portrayed the characters of Frank Burgess, the strict disciplinarian prison officer in The Slammer and the hard-hitting Geordie copper Harry Batt for whom he co-wrote a one off comedy for the BBC.
Recent films include National Treasure Book of Secrets and My Last Five Girlfriends.