Ian was born and raised in Merthyr Tydfil, South Wales and spent five seasons with The National Youth Theatre of Wales before reading Drama & Theatre Arts at Birmingham University. After graduating he spent two years working in Regional Repertory theatre at York, Harrogate, Coventry, Cardiff, Manchester, Clwyd as well as touring with The Wales Actors Company and The British Actors Theatre Company. He played the title role in Tarquarto Tasso for Actors Touring Company and it was for this performance that Ian won the inaugural Ian Charleston/Royal National Theatre Award for Best Actor, presented to Ian by Sir Alec Guinness. Ian then joined The Royal Shakespeare Company spending a total of 10 years with the company appearing in Twelfth Night, Henry IV p.I & II, Romeo & Juliet, The Theban Trilogy , Hamlet, King Lear, The Venetian Twins, Elgars Rondo, A Midsummer Nights Dream (World Tour)The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe, The Winters Tale, The Comedy of Errors, The Rivals, The Merry Wives of Windsor and Troilus & Cressida. He subsequently won an Ian Charleson Special Commendation Award for Hamlet at The RSC, with Kenneth Branagh in the title role. Additional theatre includes The Real Inspector Hound/Black Comedy (Donmar Productions), Donkeys Years (Rose Kingston), The Robbers (The Gate), The 39 Steps (The Criterion), Strife (Chichester Festival Theatre). Musical Theatre work includes The Lion King (Lyceum), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (Palladium), Guys & Dolls ( Chichester Festival Theatre & The Savoy).
Television & Film work includes Alienists, Dr.Who, Ransom, Robin Hood, Torchwood, White Gold, Eastenders, Gavin & Stacy, Stella, The Road To Guantanamo, Margaret, Mutual Friends, Folyes War, A Waste of Shame, Holby City, Casualty, Doctors, Doom, Bright Young Things, Death of A Salesman.
In 2008 Ian returned to Birmingham University to study for a Masters Degree in Shakespeare & Theatre, graduating with Distinction. He has taught at many of the UK's leading Drama schools and for many international colleges and institutions . He was made an Education Associate Practitioner for The RSC and has taught extensively for The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. He was Head of Acting at St Mary's University College for two years.
More information about Ian can be found here.
The Dramatic Exploits of Edmund Kean was written in a small cottage on the banks of The Avon one hot summer when Ian was working for The RSC. He had no intention of ever performing the piece , but once written, he learnt it anyway. Once learnt, it seemed foolish not to perform it so he gave two performances at The Other Place - The RSC's studio theatre. He's delighted to be bringing the story of Edmund Kean to a wider audience.
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