Ian was last seen on stage at the Mercury Theatre Colchester playing Mortimer Brewster in Arsenic and Old Lace. Prior to that for the Mercury Company he appeared in What The Butler Saw, The Duchess of Malfi, Richard III, The Provoked Wife, A Streetcar Named Desire,The Crucible, The Recruiting Officer, The Caretaker and Dancing At Lughnasa.
Other theatre includes Two Gentlemen of Verona (RSC & 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, 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 Channel 4’s Pete vs Life.
Among younger audiences he will possibly be known for his various character guises during his long run on Dick & 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, Diddy Movies and Hoopla. Ian 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, both for the BBC.
Recent films: National Treasure Book of Secrets and My Last Five Girlfriends.