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Ian McNeice at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole hotel, 17 April 2009.
2 October 1950 |
Basingstoke, Hampshire, England
|Occupation||Actor, voice actor|
Ian McNeice (born 2 October 1950) is an English actor and voice actor. He found fame portraying government agent Harcourt in the 1985 television miniseries Edge of Darkness, and went on to feature in popular films such as The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain, Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls, and Frank Herbert's Dune. He played Bert Large in the comedy drama series Doc Martin from 2004 onwards, and The Newsreader in historical drama Rome from 2005 onwards.
McNeice was born in Basingstoke, Hampshire. His acting training started at the Taunton School in Somerset, followed by the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) and two years at the Salisbury Playhouse. The next few years were spent in theatre, including a four-year career with the Royal Shakespeare Company and a production of Nicholas Nickleby on Broadway.
McNeice's television breakthrough was as Harcourt in the award-winning series Edge of Darkness. He played the alcoholic sous chef Gustave LaRoche on the television series Chef!, and went on to appear in the 2000 miniseries Frank Herbert's Dune as the evil Baron Vladimir Harkonnen, a role he later reprised for the 2003 sequel Children of Dune. His television appearances have included all five series of Doc Martin, in which he plays Bert Large, as well as the third episode of the second series of Lewis. He appears as the Newsreader in the HBO/BBC production Rome.
McNeice has also appeared in a number of films, including 84 Charing Cross Road, Day of the Dead, No Escape, From Hell, and The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain. His breakthrough into American films occurred when he played Fulton Greenwall in Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls (1995). He played the Nazi Gerhard Klopfer in the 2001 BBC/HBO television film Conspiracy. Since then, he has been in Around the World in 80 Days (2004) and the 2005 supernatural thriller White Noise. He also appeared as Potiphar in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.
McNeice gave his distinctive voice and accent to voice-acting roles like the Vogon character Kwaltz, director of the Vogon Constructor Fleet, in the 2005 film adaptation of Douglas Adams' The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. In 2007, he made his Doctor Who debut when he guest-starred as villain Zeus in the Big Finish BBC Digital Radio 7 drama Immortal Beloved. He had a cameo role as Joachim von Kortzfleisch, a German general who refused to put his troops under the command of officers plotting to depose Hitler's government, in Valkyrie.
McNeice was initially cast in the role of Illyrio Mopatis in the HBO pilot of Game of Thrones, but the role was then given to Roger Allam due to scheduling conflicts. He appeared as Winston Churchill in four episodes of Doctor Who in 2010 and 2011; he had previously played Churchill in the 2008 premiere production of the Howard Brenton play Never So Good, and later played him again in the 2012 stage version of The King's Speech.
Film and television
|1982||The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby||Wackford Squeers / Scaley / Croupier||TV series|
|1983||The Cleopatras||Alexander||TV series|
|1983||Voice Over||"Fats" Bannerman|
|1984||Minder||Eric Morgan||Episode: "Rocky Eight and a Half"|
|1984||Top Secret!||Blind souvenir salesman|
|1987||84 Charing Cross Road||Bill Humphries|
|1987||The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne||Bernard Rice|
|1988||The Raggedy Rawney||Farmer|
|1990||The Russia House||Merrydew|
|1990||1871||Prince of Wales|
|1992||B & B||Horace Gilbert|
|1992||Year of the Comet||Ian|
|1992||An Ungentlemanly Act||Dick Baker||TV film|
|1992||The Blackheath Poisonings||George Collard||TV film|
|1993||Age of Treason||Casca||TV film|
|1993||Don't Leave Me This Way||Oscar Ghilardi|
|1995||Funny Bones||Stanley Sharkey|
|1995||The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain||George Garrad|
|1995||Sharpe's Battle||Wagonmaster-General Colonel Runciman||TV film|
|1995||Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls||Fulton Greenwall|
|1996||Chef!||Gustave LaRoche||TV series|
|1996||Cadfael : The Devil's Novice||Canon Eluard||TV series|
|1997||The Beautician and the Beast||Iva Grushinsky|
|1997||A Life Less Ordinary||Mayhew|
|1998||How to Make the Cruelest Month||Peggy Asks|
|1998||Hornblower: The Examination for Lieutenant||Mr. Tapling||TV film|
|1999||The Auteur Theory||Sir Maximilian Fair Brown|
|1999||Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat||Potiphar|
|1999||The Cherry Orchard||Pishchik|
|1999||A Christmas Carol||Albert Fezziwig||TV film|
|1999||David Copperfield||Mr. Dick||TV film|
|2000||Frank Herbert's Dune||Baron Vladimir Harkonnen||TV miniseries|
|2000||The Sleeper||Mr. Tarburck||TV film|
|2000||The Nine Lives of Tomas Katz||Inspector|
|2001||The Body||Dr. Sproul|
|2001||Conspiracy||Dr. Gerhard Klopfer||TV film|
|2001||From Hell||Dr. Robert Drudge|
|2001||Town & Country||Peter Principal|
|2001||The Fourth Angel||MI5 officer|
|2002||Man and Boy||Nigel Batty|
|2002||The Final Curtain||Priest|
|2003||Chaos and Cadavers||Harry Kane|
|2003||Frank Herbert's Children of Dune||Baron Vladimir Harkonnen||TV miniseries|
|2003||Blackball||Hugh the Sideburns|
|2003||I'll Be There||Graham|
|2004||Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason||Quizmaster|
|2004||Spartacus||Lentulus Batiatus||TV film|
|2004||Around the World in 80 Days||Kitchener|
|2004||The Rocket Post||Alex Miln|
|2004||Freeze Frame||Saul Seger|
|2004–present||Doc Martin||Bert Large||TV series|
|2005||The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy||Kwaltz||Voice|
|2005||White Noise||Raymond Price|
|2005||Cherished||Bill Bache||TV film|
|2005–2007||Rome||The Newsreader||TV series|
|2006||The Black Dahlia||Coroner|
|2008||Day of the Dead||DJ Paul|
|2008||Valkyrie||Joachim von Kortzfleisch|
|2010–2011||Doctor Who||Winston Churchill||Episodes: "The Beast Below"
"Victory of the Daleks"
"The Pandorica Opens"
"The Wedding of River Song"
|2010||Jonathan Creek||Father Roderick Alberic|
|2012||Nativity 2: The Second Coming||Mr. Peterson Senior||Film|
|2012||The Mystery of Edwin Drood||Mayor Sapsea||TV film|