Ian Hallard

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Ian Hallard
Born Ian Christopher Hallard
(1974-11-09) 9 November 1974 (age 41)
Birmingham, West Midlands, England
Occupation Actor, Screenwriter
Years active 1999–present
Spouse(s) Mark Gatiss (2008-present)
Partner(s) Mark Gatiss (2008–present)[1]

Ian Christopher Hallard (born 9 November 1974) is an English actor.

Personal life[edit]

Hallard was born in Birmingham, West Midlands, England on 9 November 1974.[2] He trained at the Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts on the Post Graduate Acting course, won a singing scholarship, and graduated in 1998.[3] He lives with his husband, the actor Mark Gatiss.[4] The couple live in Islington in London and have a Labrador Retriever called Bunsen.[1][5]



Hallard has been acting professionally since 1999, when he appeared in a production of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers at the Battersea Arts Centre. Since then his roles have included Sordo in Scenes from an Execution at the Royal National Theatre, Lysander in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Bill Taylor in the Michael Frayn farce Donkeys' Years, Jack Worthing in The Importance of Being Earnest and Judah in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. His recent work includes the National Theatre production Great Britain by Richard Bean in the ensemble multi-character role of Jimmy the Bins/ St. John/Felix.[6] In 2015 he played the leading role of Alan Turing in the UK premiere of the Snoo Wilson play Lovesong of the Electric Bear at the Arts Theatre.[7]

He is due to play the role of Michael in a revival of Mart Crowley's The Boys in the Band (play) at the Park Theatre (London) this autumn.


Hallard has appeared in cult BBC TV shows such as Doctor Who as Alan-a-Dale in the 2014 episode Robot of Sherwood, Sherlock as Mr Crayhill in the 2011 episode The Reichenbach Fall and on the long-running BBC Daytime TV series Doctors. He played one of the original directors of Doctor Who, Richard Martin, in the BBC docu-drama An Adventure in Space and Time.[8]


Hallard co-wrote The Big Four (2013) with Mark Gatiss for the ITV series Agatha Christie: Poirot, starring David Suchet. He was the Script Associate on the Poirot episodes Cat Among the Pigeons (2008) and Hallowe'en Party (2010).[9]

Selected filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2004 Global Conspiracy Gary Talbot Video short
2005-2006 Where The Heart Is Barman
2006 Ideal Owen Episode: "The Stag Do"
2006 Suburban Shootout Port Official Episode: "Throw Momma from the Train"
2007 The Worst Journey in the World Clive Wentworth TV movie
2008 Crooked House Felix de Momery
2010 The First Men In The Moon Phi-Oo (voice)
2010 Agatha Christie: Poirot Edmund Drake Episode: "Hallowe'en Party"
2011 Hustle Vicar Episode: "Benny’s Funeral"
2011 Doctors David Moss Episode: "Life Without Yum-Yum"
2012 Sherlock Mr. Crayhill Episode: "The Reichenbach Fall"
2013 An Adventure in Space and Time Richard Martin
2014 Doctor Who Alan-a-Dale Episode: "Robot of Sherwood"
2015 Doctors (2000 TV series) David Moss Episode: "L'amore e la morte"


  1. ^ a b Randall, Lee (17 November 2008). "The Monday Interview: Mark Gatiss - Top of the League - The Scotsman". The Scotsman. Retrieved 2013-02-19. Amid all this activity, Gatiss found time, last spring, to get married. He and Ian have been together for nearly a decade... He and Ian are the devoted 'parents' of Bunsen, a Labrador retriever. 
  2. ^ "Sherlockology Cast Bio". 
  3. ^ "Ian Hallard". Casting Call Pro. 
  4. ^ Greenstreet, Rosanna (6 February 2016). "Q&A: Mark Gatiss – 'Best kiss? My husband, or Ben Whishaw in London Spy'". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 29 August 2016. 
  5. ^ Stevens, Christopher. "The REAL warring family pair who inspired Mycroft and Sherlock: How Holmes's feud with his scheming sibling is based on the troubled past of the creator's own brother". Daily Mail. Retrieved 16 Jan 2014. 
  6. ^ "Ian Hallard". Casting Call Pro. 
  7. ^ http://www.whatsonstage.com/london-theatre/reviews/lovesong-electric-bear-arts_39101.html
  8. ^ "Ian Hallard". Casting Call Pro. 
  9. ^ Q&A With Ian Hallard. Investigating Poirot. http://www.agathachristie.com/news/feature/adapting-poirot

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