Lee Ingleby

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Lee Ingleby
Born (1976-01-28) 28 January 1976 (age 39)
Burnley, Lancashire, England
Occupation Actor
Years active 1997–present

Lee Ingleby (born Lee David Ingleby, 28 January 1976) is a British film, television and stage actor.

He is perhaps best known for his roles as Detective Sergeant John Bacchus in the BBC drama Inspector George Gently and as Stan Shunpike in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. He has also appeared as Sean O'Neill in Jimmy McGovern's The Street, and in a recurring role in the second series of Early Doors as Mel's boyfriend, Dean. Another prominent role was his part in the 2003 film Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, where he played a nervous Midshipman Hollom. In addition, he played a part in the final episode of series 1 of Life on Mars, playing Sam Tyler's father Vic, and made an appearance in Spaced in 2001. Also, he will play Bob in series 19 of Bob the Builder.

Early life[edit]

Ingleby was born in Burnley, Lancashire, son of Gordon Ingleby and Susan M Hoggarth, and lived in nearby Brierfield during the early part of his life, attending Edge End High School, as did fellow actor John Simm. Both were taught by the same drama teacher who encouraged them into the professional theatre.[1] He then studied at Accrington and Rossendale College before progressing to the drama school LAMDA in London.


Ingleby's first major role was as the young lead in the 2000 BBC miniseries Nature Boy alongside Paul McGann. He played Smike in a 2001 television film version of The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby. Also in 2001, he starred in and wrote the screenplay for the short film Cracks in the Ceiling, which he appeared in with his father, Gordon Ingleby.

In the 2002 theatrical release Borstal Boy, based very loosely on the life of Irish poet-activist Brendan Behan, Ingleby played a bully in an English boarding school for juvenile offenders.

He has also made one-off appearances in television programmes such as Hustle, Clocking Off, No Angels, Fat Friends, Jonathan Creek, Dalziel and Pascoe, Cadfael (Pilgrim of Hate) and The Bill. He has had supporting roles in films such as Gustave in Ever After alongside Drew Barrymore and as Hollom in the 2003 Peter Weir film Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World. In 2004, he had a small role in the Orlando Bloom vehicle Haven, which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival but was not commercially released until 2006 following heavy re-editing. He also guest-starred in the Doctor Who audio adventure Terror Firma.

In 2006 he appeared in Jimmy McGovern BBC TV series The Street, where he played abusive husband Sean O'Neill alongside Christine Bottomley. Another project was the 2006 television adaptation of The Wind in the Willows, in which he played Mole. It also starred Bob Hoskins as Badger, Matt Lucas as Toad and Mark Gatiss as Ratty. He also appeared in a modernised BBC adaptation of Rapunzel for the Fairy Tales series.

Ingleby headed the cast of the 2008 three-part television crime drama Place of Execution as DI George Bennett as he was in the 1960s determined to close the case of a missing girl.

When not working in films and television, Ingleby remains active on the stage, where his credits include Puck in Midsummer Night's Dream, Alexander in Nicholas Wright's Cressida and Katurian in Martin McDonagh's The Pillowman.

He performed in the play Our Class by Tadeusz Slobodzianek at the Cottesloe Theatre from September 2009 to January 2010 as Zygmunt.[2]

In 2011 he appeared in the television series Being Human as Edgar Wyndham, a menacing vampire elder, and also in Luther as serial killer Cameron Pell.

In 2013 Ingleby took on the role of Phillip De Nicholay, the Sheriff of Nottingham, in a new audio production of the Robin Hood legend, produced by Spiteful Puppet. Released directly to the public as a digital download and on CD, this version, entitled "HOOD: NOBLE SECRETS" is a radical departure from the accepted tale with a significant twist on the role and character of the Sheriff, and tells the story of how the sheriff directly causes Robin Hood to come into existence when he seeks out the help of outlaws in Sherwood forest.[3] "HOOD: NOBLE SECRETS" won a nomination in the Best Online or Non-Broadcast category at the 2014 BBC Audio Drama Awards. He returned to the role in the follow up "HOOD - The Scribe of Sherwood" which delved further into the past life of the Sheriff and other characters from the world of "HOOD". Once again, it won a nomination in the 2015 BBC Audio Drama Awards in the category of Best Online or Non-Broadcast production, going on to win. In the same year, two more feature length audio stories (Warriors' Harvest and King's Command) have been produced by Spiteful Puppet with Ingleby once again playing the role of "De Nicholay".

In 2015 Ingleby plays Bob in the new 2015 computer-generated series of Bob the Builder.

The same year, Ingleby provided spoken word narration on the progrock album Please Come Home which the British musician John Mitchell released under the project name Lonely Robot.

Ingleby has been starring as DS John Bacchus in the BBC police drama Inspector George Gently since 2007.






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