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Ian McNeice

McNeice at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole hotel, 17 April 2009.
Born 2 October 1950 (1950-10-02) (age 59)
Basingstoke, Hampshire, England

Ian McNeice (born 2 October 1950) is an English screen, stage, and television actor.

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Early life

McNeice was born in Basingstoke in Hampshire. McNeice's acting training started in the Taunton School in Somerset. This was followed up with two years at the Salisbury Playhouse. The next few years were spent in theatre, including a four-year career with the Royal Shakespeare Company, and a production of Nicholas Nickleby on Broadway.

Career

His television breakthrough was as Harcourt in the award-winning series Edge of Darkness. He played the alcoholic sous chef Gustave LaRoche on the television series "Chef!". He went on to appear in the 2000 television miniseries Frank Herbert's Dune as the evil Baron Vladimir Harkonnen – a role he later reprised for the 2003 sequel Children of Dune. Most recently, his television appearances have included all four series of Doc Martin (in which he plays Bert Large), the third episode of the second series of Lewis and as the recurring minor character of Forum crier ("Newsreader") in the joint HBO/BBC production Rome.

McNeice has also appeared in a number of films, including 84 Charing Cross Road, Day of the Dead, No Escape, From Hell and The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain. His breakthrough into American films occurred when he played opposite Jim Carrey as Fulton Greenwall in Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls (1995). He played Nazi Gerhard Klopfer in the 2001 BBC/HBO TV movie Conspiracy, dramatising the Wannsee Conference. Since then he has been in Around the World in 80 Days (2004), and the 2005 drama/supernatural thriller White Noise. He also appeared as Potiphar in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

He has also applied his distinctive voice and accent to voice-acting roles: the Vogon character Kwaltz – director of the Vogon Constructor Fleet – in the 2005 film adaptation of Douglas Adams' multi-format creation The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy; and in 2007 when he made his Doctor Who debut guest-starring as villain Zeus in the Big Finish BBC Digital Radio 7 / CD-released drama Immortal Beloved, starring Paul McGann (as the Eighth Doctor). He had a cameo role of Joachim von Kortzfleisch, a German general who refused to put his troops under the command of officers plotting to depose Hitler's government in Valkyrie. His character was taken hostage at gunpoint as the putsch to overthrow Hitler and his inner circle started to fall apart.

On October 21st, it was confirmed that Ian McNeice will be playing the role of Illyrio Mopatis in the HBO pilot of Game of Thrones, based on the series of books A Song Of Ice And Fire by George RR Martin[1]. He will appear as Winston Churchill[2] in Episode 3 (Victory of the Daleks) of the 2010 series of Doctor Who, starring Matt Smith as the Doctor.[3].

Selected filmography

Year Title Role Notes
1982 The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby Wackford Squeers / Scaley / Croupier TV series
1984 Top Secret! Blind Souvenir Salesman
1989 The Russia House Merrydew Directed by Fred Schepisi
1994 No Escape King Directed by Martin Campbell
1995 Funny Bones Stanley Sharkey Directed by Peter Chelsom
1995 The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain George Garrad Directed by Christopher Monger
1995 Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls Fulton Greenwall Directed by Steve Oedekerk
1997 A Life Less Ordinary Mayhew Directed by Danny Boyle
1998 Hornblower: The Examination for Lieutenant Mr. Tapling TV movie
2000 Frank Herbert's Dune Baron Vladimir Harkonnen TV miniseries
2001 The Body Dr. Sproul Directed by Jonas McCord
2001 Conspiracy Dr. Gerhard Klopfer Directed by Frank Pierson
2001 From Hell Dr. Robert Drudge
2003 Frank Herbert's Children of Dune Baron Vladimir Harkonnen TV miniseries
2004 Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason The Quizmaster
2004 Spartacus Lentulus Batiatus TV movie
2005 The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Kwaltz Voice
2005-2007 Rome The Newsreader TV series
2008 Valkyrie Joachim von Kortzfleisch Directed by Bryan Singer
2010 Doctor Who - Victory of the Daleks Winston Churchill

References

  1. ^ Blog date: October 21st
  2. ^ "First Smith 'Doctor Who' titles confirmed". 3 February 2010. http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/cult/s7/doctorwho/news/a201231/first-smith-doctor-who-titles-confirmed.html. Retrieved 3 February 2010. 
  3. ^ [1]

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