Ian Puleston-Davies

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Ian Puleston-Davies
Born (1958-09-06) 6 September 1958 (age 64)
Years active1982–present
TelevisionCoronation Street (2010–2015)
Hollyoaks (1995–1996) Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom (2009–2014)

Ian Puleston-Davies (born 6 September 1958) is a Welsh actor and writer.[1] He is best known for his role as builder Owen Armstrong in the ITV soap opera Coronation Street from 2010 to 2015. In November 2014, ITV announced that Puleston-Davies had quit his role as Owen Armstrong in Coronation Street, and his character departed from the show on 15 April 2015.

Early life and career[edit]

Born in Flint, north Wales, Puleston-Davies starred in the ITV drama Vincent alongside Ray Winstone and in Ghostboat (also for ITV) alongside David Jason. He also played the lead roles in Conviction and the BBC Three series Funland.

He has starred in long-running dramas such as EastEnders, Holby City, The Bill, Hollyoaks and Brookside. He has also made special appearances in Hustle, Life on Mars, Dalziel and Pascoe, Silent Witness, I'm Alan Partridge, and Cape Wrath. In 2007, he starred in the Channel 4 docudrama, Richard Is My Boyfriend.

In 2009, Puleston-Davies was chosen to play the voiceover part of King Thistle in the children's animated television series Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom.

From September to October 2010, he played the role of Charlie Fisher in the sixth series of the BBC One drama, Waterloo Road.[2]

In 2010, Puleston-Davies joined Coronation Street as cast regular, Owen Armstrong. He quit the show in November 2014, and his on-screen character departed in April 2015.

In 2005, he co-wrote the drama Dirty Filthy Love, based upon his own experiences dealing with obsessive–compulsive disorder.[3] Dirty Filthy Love won a Royal Television Society Award for Best Single Drama[3] and was nominated for the BAFTA Award for "Best Single Drama".[4]

In January, Puleston-Davies starred in The Teacher alongside Sheridan Smith.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Puleston-Davies lives in Cheshire with his partner, Sue, and their two children, Maggie and Charlie.[6] He is the cousin of former World Champion kickboxer, Russ Williams.[7]

Puleston-Davies is the patron of Red Dot Drama, an acting workshop group that was formed by Helena Little, a friend of his from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He is also patron of the CALM Centre, a charity that provides counseling and therapeutic services to the community of Harlow and its environs. Puleston-Davies has spoken at length about his personal struggles with obsessive–compulsive disorder, making a documentary for BBC Wales in 2017. He also supports the work of the national charity OCD-UK, where he is an active patron, frequently presenting at their annual conferences.

Selected credits[edit]


Year Title Role Notes
1983 The Second Part of King Henry VI Second Company
The Third Part of King Henry VI Second Company
1986 Boon Ben Wilde
Brookside Stephen Nolan
1987 Business as Usual Young Workman
1989 Forever Green Reporter
1995 Grange Hill Don
The Politician's Wife Youth Programme Host
1995–1996 Hollyoaks Terry Williams Main role
1997 Harpur and Iles
1998 EastEnders Jimmy
Satellite City Don Blackmore
1999 The Fallen Curtain PC Carter
Jack of Hearts Derek Reid
Tube Tales Typewriter Man
Dr Willoughby Steve Lipton
Liverpool 1
Dirty Work
1999–2000 The Bill Mick Glover
2000 Always and Everyone
Room to Rent Linda's Husband
Holby City Sam Dennish
2001 The Vice George Randolph
The Last Minute Bitchy Trendsetter 1
My Beautiful Son Derek
2002 Stan the Man Moxy
Rockface Billy Deansgate
Helen West Duncan Perry
Foyle's War Eric Cooper
I'm Alan Partridge Phil Wiley
2003 The Bill Alan Best
The Virgin of Liverpool Cecil
2004 Wall of Silence DI Matthews
Dalziel and Pascoe Paul Pitman Episode: "Great Escapes"
Conviction Joe Payne
2005 Revolver Eddie A
Funland Shirley Woolf
2005–2006 Vincent John
2006 Ghostboat Travis
Hustle DCI Matthew York
Life on Mars Toolbox Terry
2007 Silent Witness DI Philip Mays
Sound Strange Pete
Richard Is My Boyfriend Steve
Cape Wrath Paulson
The Whistleblowers Lance Rix
Sold Terry
2008 Backroads Frank
Waking the Dead Harold Bloom
Midnight Man Jimmy Kerrigan
The Children Paul
Tess of the D'Urbervilles John Durbeyfield
Clash of the Santas Beryl
2009 Awaydays Uncle Bob
2009-2013 Ben & Holly's Little Kingdom King Thistle
2009 The Street Alan
Desperate Romantics Mr. Siddal
Ingenious Derek Reckitt
2010 Being Human Chief Constable Wilson
Waterloo Road Charlie Fisher
Midsomer Murders Terry Stock
Poor Wee Me Man of the Cloth
2010–2015 Coronation Street Owen Armstrong Main role, 542 episodes
2013 The Caravan Trilogy The Man
2015 Taubman Taubman
Pombo Loves You Griff
I'm Sorry to Tell You Dr. Burgess
Lewis Frank Guitteau
2016 Beowulf: Return to the Shieldlands Lagrathorn
Marcella Peter Cullen
Maigret's Dead Man Inspector Colombani
2017-2020 Tin Star Frank 15 episodes
2018 Vera Sean Dewley
2019-2021 Pennyworth Arthur Pennyworth
2020 Father Brown Pat Lochlin Episode 8.7 "The River Corrupted"
2021 Viewpoint Donald Vernon 5 episodes
2022 Four Lives Karl Turner Episode 1
Anne Phil Scraton Episode 4
The Teacher Brian 3 episodes; 1 uncredited
D.I. Ray Supt. Ross Beardsmore 4 episodes
2023 The Bay Terry McGregor Series 4



  1. ^ Mainwaring, Rachel (22 August 2010). "Puleston-Davies: My battle to beat OCD". [[Media Wales#WalesOnline|publisher=Media Wales Ltd |WalesOnline]] website. Retrieved 2 December 2010.
  2. ^ Ian Puleston-Davies joins Waterloo Road
  3. ^ a b Millard, Rosie (28 May 2005). "Looking fear in the face". The Times. London. Retrieved 22 September 2007.
  4. ^ "Bafta TV Awards 2005". BBC. 17 April 2005. Retrieved 22 September 2007.
  5. ^ Robinson, Abby (1 February 2022). "The Teacher starring Sheridan Smith: Release date, plot and news updates". Radio Times. Retrieved 3 February 2022.
  6. ^ Crawford, Sue (2 April 2014). "Coronation Street star Ian Puleston-Davies: 'How fellow cast members help me control my OCD on set'". Mirror. Retrieved 1 April 2017.
  7. ^ "WATCH: Flintshire actor in hilarious spoof martial arts challenge with seven-year-old". Chester Standard. 13 July 2015. Retrieved 1 April 2017.

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