Ian McNeice

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Ian McNeice
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Ian McNeice at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole hotel, 17 April 2009.
Born(1950-10-02) 2 October 1950 (age 64)
Basingstoke, Hampshire, England
OccupationActor, voice actor
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Ian McNeice
Ian McNeice.jpg
Ian McNeice at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole hotel, 17 April 2009.
Born(1950-10-02) 2 October 1950 (age 64)
Basingstoke, Hampshire, England
OccupationActor, voice actor

Ian McNeice (born 2 October 1950) is an English actor and voice actor. He found fame portraying government agent Harcourt in the 1985 television miniseries Edge of Darkness, and went on to feature in popular films such as The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain, Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls, and Frank Herbert's Dune. He played Bert Large in the comedy drama series Doc Martin, and The Newsreader in historical drama Rome.

Early life[edit]

McNeice was born in Basingstoke, Hampshire. His acting training started at the Taunton School in Somerset, followed by the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) and 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.


McNeice's 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!, and went on to appear in the 2000 miniseries Frank Herbert's Dune as the evil Baron Vladimir Harkonnen, a role he later reprised for the 2003 sequel Children of Dune. His television appearances have included all six series of Doc Martin, in which he plays Bert Large, as well as the third episode of the second series of Lewis. He appears as the Newsreader in the 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 Fulton Greenwall in Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls (1995). He played the Nazi Gerhard Klopfer in the 2001 BBC/HBO television film Conspiracy. Since then, he has been in Around the World in 80 Days (2004) and the 2005 supernatural thriller White Noise. He also appeared as Potiphar in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

McNeice gave his distinctive voice and accent to voice-acting roles like the Vogon character Kwaltz, director of the Vogon Constructor Fleet, in the 2005 film adaptation of Douglas Adams' The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. In 2007, he made his Doctor Who debut when he guest-starred as villain Zeus in the Big Finish BBC Digital Radio 7 drama Immortal Beloved. He had a cameo role as 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.

McNeice was initially cast in the role of Illyrio Mopatis in the HBO pilot of Game of Thrones, but because of scheduling conflicts the role was then given to Roger Allam.[1] McNeice appeared as Winston Churchill[2] in four episodes of Doctor Who in 2010 and 2011; he had previously played Churchill in the 2008 premiere production of the Howard Brenton play Never So Good, and later played him again in the 2012 stage version of The King's Speech.[3]


Film and television[edit]

1982Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, TheThe Life and Adventures of Nicholas NicklebyWackford Squeers / Scaley / CroupierTV series
1983The CleopatrasAlexanderTV series
1983Voice Over"Fats" Bannerman
1984MinderEric MorganEpisode: "Rocky Eight and a Half"
1984Top Secret!Blind souvenir salesman
1985Edge of DarknessHarcourtTV Mini-Series
198784 Charing Cross RoadBill Humphries
1987Personal ServicesHarry
1987Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne, TheThe Lonely Passion of Judith HearneBernard Rice
1988Whoops ApocalypseThrush
1988Raggedy Rawney, TheThe Raggedy RawneyFarmer
1989Around the World in 80 DaysBatcularTV Mini-Series
1990Russia House, TheThe Russia HouseMerrydew
19901871Prince of Wales
1991Secret FriendsBusinessman
1992B & BHorace Gilbert
1992Year of the CometIan
1992Ungentlemanly Act, AnAn Ungentlemanly ActDick BakerTV film
1992Blackheath Poisonings, TheThe Blackheath PoisoningsGeorge CollardTV film
1993Age of TreasonCascaTV film
1993Don't Leave Me This WayOscar Ghilardi
1994No EscapeKing
1995Funny BonesStanley Sharkey
1995Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain, TheThe Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a MountainGeorge Garrad
1995Sharpe's BattleWagonmaster-General Colonel RuncimanTV film
1995Ace Ventura: When Nature CallsFulton Greenwall
1996Chef!Gustave LaRocheTV series
1996Cadfael : The Devil's NoviceCanon EluardTV series
1997Beautician and the Beast, TheThe Beautician and the BeastIva Grushinsky
1997Life Less Ordinary, AA Life Less OrdinaryMayhew
1998How to Make the Cruelest MonthPeggy Asks
1998Hornblower: The Examination for LieutenantMr. TaplingTV film
1999Auteur Theory, TheThe Auteur TheorySir Maximilian Fair Brown
1999Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor DreamcoatPotiphar
1999Cherry Orchard, TheThe Cherry OrchardPishchik
1999Christmas Carol, AA Christmas CarolFezziwigTV film
1999David CopperfieldMr. DickTV film
2000LongitudeDoctorTV series
2000Frank Herbert's DuneBaron Vladimir HarkonnenTV miniseries
2000Sleeper, TheThe SleeperMr. TarburckTV film
2000The Nine Lives of Tomas KatzInspector
2001Body, TheThe BodyDr. Sproul
2001ConspiracyDr. Gerhard KlopferTV film
2001From HellDr. Robert Drudge
2001Town & CountryPeter Principal
2001Fourth Angel, TheThe Fourth AngelMI5 officer
2002AmnèsiaDoug Chandler
2002Man and BoyNigel Batty
2002Final Curtain, TheThe Final CurtainPriest
2003Chaos and CadaversHarry Kane
2003Frank Herbert's Children of DuneBaron Vladimir HarkonnenTV miniseries
2003BlackballHugh the Sideburns
2003I'll Be ThereGraham
2004Bridget Jones: The Edge of ReasonQuizmaster
2004SpartacusLentulus BatiatusTV film
2004Around the World in 80 DaysKitchener
2004Rocket Post, TheThe Rocket PostAlex Miln
2004Freeze FrameSaul Seger
2004–presentDoc MartinBert LargeTV series
2005Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, TheThe Hitchhiker's Guide to the GalaxyKwaltzVoice
2005White NoiseRaymond Price
2005CherishedBill BacheTV film
2005Oliver TwistLimbkins
2005–2007RomeThe NewsreaderTV series
2006Black Dahlia, TheThe Black DahliaCoroner
2008Day of the DeadDJ Paul
2008ValkyrieJoachim von Kortzfleisch
2009Cleopatra: Portrait of a KillerCassius Dio (Historian)TV film
2010–2011Doctor WhoWinston ChurchillEpisodes: "The Beast Below"
"Victory of the Daleks"
"The Pandorica Opens"
"The Wedding of River Song"
2010Jonathan CreekFather Roderick Alberic
2012Nativity 2: The Second ComingMr. Peterson SeniorFilm
2012The Mystery of Edwin DroodMayor SapseaTV film


  1. ^ "Illyrio recast". Winter-Is-Coming.net. 2010-09-16. Retrieved 2011-10-29. 
  2. ^ "First Smith 'Doctor Who' titles confirmed". 3 February 2010. Retrieved 3 February 2010. 
  3. ^ "The King's Speech play has its world premiere". BBC News. 3 February 2012. Retrieved 3 February 2012. 

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