Ian Mercer

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Ian Mercer
Born 1961
Oldham, Lancashire, England, UK
Residence Morpeth, Northumberland, England, UK
Alma mater Northumbria University
Occupation Actor
Years active 1982-present
Spouse(s) Susan E. Fenwick (div.)
Children Scarlett Rae & Ruby Mae

Ian C. Mercer (born 1961 in Oldham, Lancashire) is an English actor. On leaving school Mercer trained as an electrical engineer but decided to become an actor when he became an assistant stage manager at the Oldham Coliseum in 1979. His first television appearance was as a butcher in the film Blue Money in 1985.

Mercer went on to work in such stage productions as Bent, Spend Spend Spend, Saturday Night, Sunday Morning, Billy Liar, Stop The Children's Laughter, Welcome Home, Romeo and Juliet, The Fancy Man, The York Realist, Beauty and The Beast and Revengers Tragedy.[1]

His television and film acting credits include leading roles in Starting Out, (1982), a series made by ATV for schools and written by Grazyna Monvid, Coronation Street (as Gary Mallett and Pete Jackson), Shackleton (with Kenneth Branagh), Heartbeat, The Monocled Mutineer, A Touch of Frost, Cracker, Common As Muck, Peak Practice, New Tricks and Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (with Russell Crowe).[1] In 2009 he appeared in an episode of Doctors and two episodes of Waking the Dead. He appeared as Blackbeard's chief zombie henchman in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. During August and September 2015 he returned to Doctors playing the recurring role of Andy Weston in an ongoing sub-plot.

In 2007 he completed three years of study at Northumbria University, gaining a degree in English and Art History.[2] In May 2011 he was convicted of benefit fraud, having falsely claimed £2,300 in council tax benefit despite being in work at the time. He was fined £165 with a £15 victim surcharge and £100 costs.[3] Mercer lives in Northumberland with his two daughters, Scarlett Rae (1997) and Ruby Mae (2000).


Year Title Role Notes
2003 Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World Mr. Hollar, Boatswain
2005 Lassie Yorkshire Policeman
2009 The Boat That Rocked Transfer Boatman AKA: Pirate Radio, Good Morning England, Radio Rock Revolution, Rock Wave & I Love Radio Rock
Creation Goodman
2011 Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides Quartermaster Based on Thomas Miller (d. 1718)
2016 The Legend of Tarzan Freckled Force Publique


Year Title Role Notes
1982-1983 Brookside Demon Duane 5 episodes
1984 Crown Court Michael Rofe 1 episode
Weekend Playhouse Brian
1984-1985 How We Used to Live Freddy Selby 3 episodes
1985 One by One Colin 2 episodes
1986-1990 Screenplay Brad


1 episode (1986)

1 episode (1990)

1986 The Monocled Mutineer Wheelchair 1 episode
1987-2000 Coronation Street Pete Jackson

Gary Mallett

3 episodes (1987)

95 episodes (1995-2000)

1991 The Bill D.S. Dave Lindsay 1 episode
1993 Cracker D.C./D.S. George Giggs 4 episodes
1994 Screen Two Local Reporter

Probation Officer

1 episode (March)

1 episode (June)

Peak Practice "Clarkey" Clarke 2 episodes
Common As Muck Guy Simmons 6 episodes
1995 The Final Cut Graham Glass 1 episode
1996 A Touch of Frost P.C. Craven 3 episodes
2003 Sweet Medicine Tony Durston 1 episode
2006 The Afternoon Play Eddie Connolly
Doctors Billy Collis

Damien Giggs

Lenny Aston

George Arnott

Jim Grove

Andy Weston

1 episode (2006)

1 episode (2007)

1 episode (2009)

1 episode (2011)

1 episode (2013)

15 episodes (2015)

2007 New Tricks Paul Wilmslow 1 episode
Heartbeat Ronald Kirby
The Chase D.I. Proctor
The Street Richard Watts 2 episodes
2009 Red Riding: In the Year of Our Lord 1974 Paul Bosker TV Movie
Red Riding: In the Year of Our Lord 1983
Holby City Ken O'Dowd 2 episodes
Spanish Flu: The Forgotten Fallen Stanford TV Movie
Waking the Dead Jason Bloch 2 episodes
2010 Shameless Roscoe
Lewis Lester Garvey 1 episode
2012 The Scapegoat Fincher TV Movie
2014 Scott & Bailey Frankie Waddington 1 episode
2016 In the Club Mickey 2 episodes


Year Title Role Venue
2001-2002 The York Realist Arthur The Lowry (15th-17th November 2001)

Bristol Old Vic (20th-24th November 2001)

Royal Court Theatre (6th January-9th February 2002)

Strand Theatre (8th March-20th April 2002)


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