Ian McNeice

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Ian McNeice
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Ian McNeice at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole hotel, 17 April 2009
Born (1950-10-02) 2 October 1950 (age 66)
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 plays Bert Large in the comedy drama series Doc Martin, and played The Newsreader in historical drama Rome.

Early life[edit]

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 seven 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 because of scheduling conflicts the role was then given to Roger Allam.[1] McNeice appeared as Winston Churchill[2] 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.[3]


Film and television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1982 Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, TheThe 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
1985 Edge of Darkness Harcourt TV Mini-Series
1987 84 Charing Cross Road Bill Humphries
1987 Personal Services Harry
1987 Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne, TheThe Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne Bernard Rice
1987 A Perfect Spy Sefton Boyd
1988 Whoops Apocalypse Thrush
1988 Raggedy Rawney, TheThe Raggedy Rawney Farmer
1989 Valmont Azolan
1989 Around the World in 80 Days Batcular TV Mini-Series
1990 Russia House, TheThe Russia House Merrydew
1990 1871 Prince of Wales
1991 Secret Friends Businessman
1992 B & B Horace Gilbert
1992 Year of the Comet Ian
1992 Ungentlemanly Act, AnAn Ungentlemanly Act Dick Baker TV film
1992 Blackheath Poisonings, TheThe Blackheath Poisonings George Collard TV film
1993 Age of Treason Casca TV film
1993 Don't Leave Me This Way Oscar Ghilardi
1994 No Escape King
1995 Funny Bones Stanley Sharkey
1995 Pie in the Sky Mr Wilkes
1995 Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain, TheThe 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 Beautician and the Beast, TheThe Beautician and the Beast Iva Grushinsky
1997 Life Less Ordinary, AA Life Less Ordinary Mayhew
1998 How to Make the Cruelest Month Peggy Asks
1998 Hornblower: The Examination for Lieutenant Mr. Tapling TV film
1999 Auteur Theory, TheThe Auteur Theory Sir Maximilian Fair Brown
1999 Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Potiphar
1999 Cherry Orchard, TheThe Cherry Orchard Pishchik
1999 Christmas Carol, AA Christmas Carol Fezziwig TV film
1999 David Copperfield Mr. Dick TV film
2000 Longitude Doctor TV series
2000 Frank Herbert's Dune Baron Vladimir Harkonnen TV miniseries
2000 Sleeper, TheThe Sleeper Mr. Tarburck TV film
2000 The Nine Lives of Tomas Katz Inspector
2001 Anazapta Bishop
2001 Body, TheThe Body Dr. Sproul
2001 Conspiracy Dr. Gerhard Klopfer TV film
2001 From Hell Dr. Robert Drudge
2001 Town & Country Peter Principal
2001 Fourth Angel, TheThe Fourth Angel MI5 officer
2002 Amnèsia Doug Chandler
2002 Man and Boy Nigel Batty
2002 Final Curtain, TheThe 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 Rocket Post, TheThe Rocket Post Alex Miln
2004 Freeze Frame Saul Seger
2004– Doc Martin Bert Large TV series
2005 Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, TheThe Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Kwaltz Voice
2005 White Noise Raymond Price
2005 Cherished Bill Bache TV film
2005 Oliver Twist Limbkins
2005–2007 Rome The Newsreader TV series
2006 Black Dahlia, TheThe Black Dahlia Coroner
2008 Day of the Dead DJ Paul
2008 Valkyrie Joachim von Kortzfleisch
2009 Cleopatra: Portrait of a Killer Cassius Dio (Historian) TV film
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: Danger in the Manger Mr. Peterson Senior Film
2012 The Mystery of Edwin Drood Mayor Sapsea TV film


  1. ^ "Illyrio recast". Winter-Is-Coming.net. 2010-09-16. Retrieved 2011-10-29. 
  2. ^ "First Smith 'Doctor Who' titles confirmed". 3 February 2010. Retrieved 3 February 2010. 
  3. ^ "The King's Speech play has its world premiere". BBC News. 3 February 2012. Retrieved 3 February 2012. 

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