Ian was born and raised in Merthyr Tydfil.
Training : The National Youth Theatre of Wales, Birmingham University.
Awards: Winner of the 1st Royal National Theatre/Ian Charleson Award for Best Actor for the title role in Tarquarto Tasso at The Lyric Hammersmith. Special commendation for Hamlet at The RSC.
Theatre includes: Thenardier in Les Miserables (Sondheim Theatre & UK & International Tour) Prince John in Henry IV pI&II, Sebastian in Twelfth Night, The Theban Trilogy, Tybalt in Romeo & Juliet, Hamlet ,Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (World Tour),The Fool in King Lear, Arlechinno in The Venetian Twins, Father John in Elgar’s Rondo, Dromio of Syracuse in The Comedy of Errors, Faulkland in The Rivals, Mr Tumnus in The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe, Autolycus in The Winter’s Tale, Sir Hugh Evans in The Merry Wives of Windsor, Thersites in Troilus & Cressida – all for The Royal Shakespeare Company. David Roberts in Strife (Chichester Festival Theatre) , Benny Southstreet in Guys & Dolls (Chichester Festival Theatre & The Savoy Theatre), Snell in Donkeys' Years (Rose Theatre Kingston), Clown in The Thirty-Nine Steps (Criterion Theatre), Evil Lord Hector in Eugenius (The Other Palace) Smee in Peter Pan (Kensington Gardens), Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (RSC/City of London Sinfonia), Henslowe in Shakespeare in Love (Theatre Royal Bath) Goran in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (Palladium), Timon in The Lion King (Lyceum Theatre), The Real Inspector Hound and Black Comedy (Donmar Warehouse Productions ), Franz Von Moor in The Robbers (The Gate), Khlestakov in The Government Inspector (Clwyd Theatr). Edmund Kean in The Dramatic Exploits of Edmund Kean (London & Washington DC). Also regional theatre in Manchester, Cardiff, York, Harrogate, Coventry. Tours with The British Actors Theatre Company and The Wales Actors Company.
Television & Film includes: Masters of the Air, Seacole, Shakespeare & Hathaway, The Alienist, Ransom, White Gold, Dr Who, Eastenders, Stella, Doctors, Torchwood, Holby City, Casualty, Margaret, Robin Hood, Foyle’s War, Gavin and Stacy, MI High, Our Mutual Friends, Doom, The Road To Guantanamo, A Waste of Shame, Blackpool, State of Play, Swiss Tony, Death of a Salesman, Bright Young Things.
Radio – over 40 plays for BBC Radio 4 including Pandemic, Five Days in May, All Things Betray Thee, The Wrong Box, Fairest Isle.
Concerts - The RSC : 50 Musical Years and The Opening of the New RSC Theatre Concert.
Audio: 15 plays for The Archangel Complete Shakespeare and over 70 television documentary narrations.