Ian Redford (actor)

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Ian Redford (born 1951 in Carshalton, Surrey, England, UK) is an English actor who has featured on stage, in film and on television in various roles, including that of pensioner Keith Appleyard in Coronation Street during 2005 and 2006.[1] During 1990-91 he played the role of Ken Raynor in BBC's EastEnders.


He has been an actor for 35 years and has appeared widely in English theatre productions and on television. He played the main role of Alfieri in Arthur Miller's A View from the Bridge. His film career includes The Remains of the Day, The Prince and the Pauper (TV film 2000) and The Legend of the Boogeyman. He also starred in Bread or Blood for the BBC, based on William Henry Hudson's The Shepherd's Life. For Channel 4 he was the elderly Henry VIII in Henry VIII: The Mind of a Tyrant, though he was criticised for being much too small and thin to play the monarch.[2]

He received a best actor nomination in the Manchester Evening News awards 2010[3] for his role as Creon in Antigone at the Manchester Royal Exchange. The Daily Mail called him "the key to this superb production's success", in a positive review that rated the production 5/5 stars.[4] He was part of Max Stafford-Clark's regular company of actors;[5] he received praise for his work in Stafford-Clarke's touring production of Timberlake Wertenbaker's Our Country's Good.[6] He also appeared on stage in David Hare's The Permanent Way.[7]

Redford co-wrote A Dish of Tea With Doctor Johnson with Max Stafford-Clark and Russell Barr and starred as Samuel Johnson in London and Edinburgh, opposite Barr as Boswell. The Guardian rated the production 4/5, saying "the two actors precisely convey ... the constantly shifting nature of the relationship" between the men and concluding "this is a rare treat in which the performers seem to own the material".[8] The Independent praised his performance, "mercurial and greedy".[9]

Personal life[edit]

He is married, has three children and lives in London. Ian attended Rutlish Grammar School in London SW19 1962-1969, where he took a leading role in many school amateur dramatic productions.


  1. ^ Head, Tom (22 February 2011). "Theatre Interview: Ian Redford". The Leeds Guide. Retrieved 14 January 2014. 
  2. ^ Parrill, Sue; William Baxter Robison (2013). The Tudors on Film and Television. McFarland. p. 102. 
  3. ^ Bourne, Dianne (19 April 2010). "Theatre awards a winner". Manchester Evening News. Retrieved 14 January 2014. 
  4. ^ Letts, Quentin. At last! Honour among Thebes, Daily Mail, 23 October 2008.
  5. ^ Radosavljevi, Duška (2013). The Contemporary Ensemble: Interviews with Theatre-Makers. Routledge. p. 66. 
  6. ^ Murphy, John. "Our Country's Good (review)". Exeunt Magazine. Retrieved 14 January 2014. 
  7. ^ Boon. The Cambridge Companion to David Hare. Cambridge University Press. p. 131. 
  8. ^ Billington, Michael (9 March 2011). "A Dish of Tea With Dr Johnson – review". The Guardian. Retrieved 14 January 2014. 
  9. ^ Burnside, Anna (25 August 2011). "A Dish of Tea with Dr Johnson, Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh". The Independent. Retrieved 14 January 2014. 

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