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20 October 1944 |
West Boldon, County Durham, England
|Spouse(s)||Yvonne Quenet (m. 1970)|
Ian has had numerous roles in British film and television, including regular roles in Emergency - Ward 10 (as Warren Kent - 1966-67), Z-Cars (as Joe Skinner - 1969-75), When the Boat Comes In (as Geordie Watson - 1977-81) and Channel 5's soap opera Family Affairs (as Angus Hart - 1997-99). He has guest starred in numerous television dramas, including The Bill, Dalziel & Pascoe and Sorry!. In 2011, he starred as Baron Sterling in the award winning feature film Dawn of the Dragonslayer.
He played Ixta in the Doctor Who story The Aztecs in 1964, for which he was interviewed for the DVD release in 2002. In 2012, he returned to Doctor Who to play Nadeyan in the Big Finish audio drama 'Dark Eyes'. He holds the record for the longest gap between acting in two Doctor Who stories, at 48 years.
He trained at RADA with a scholarship when he was 16. As well as his acting commitments, Ian has run a very successful youth drama group in Surrey (Surrey Heath Young Actors Company) for many years. Ian has also written several television series, films and radio plays. He lives with his wife Yvonne who is also an actress and drama teacher.
Selected TV and filmography
- Doctor Who - Ixta (The Aztecs, 1964)
- Z-Cars PC/DC Joe Skinner - (219 episodes, 1969–1975)
- Voyage of the Damned - Radio Officer Steinman (1976)
- When the Boat Comes In - Geordie Watson (4 episodes, 1977–1981)
- Family Affairs - Angus Hart (400+ Episodes, 1997–1999)
- Gabriel & Me - Ridley (2001)
- Dawn of the Dragonslayer - Baron Sterling (2011)
- "The New York Times". The New York Times. Retrieved 2012-02-03.