Ian McNeice

Active - 1983 - 2017  |   Born - Oct 2, 1950 in Basingstoke, Hampshire, England  |   Genres - Comedy, Drama, Science Fiction, Romance, Mystery

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A member of the Royal Shakespeare Company, British actor Ian McNeice has found additional success playing supporting roles in feature films and on television. He made his first film appearances in 1983, and has subsequently specialized in comedies, ranging from the gentle The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill and Came Down a Mountain (1995) to the riotous Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls (1995) to the surreal A Life Less Ordinary (1997). McNeice's television credits include performances in several PBS productions, including Edge of Darkness and Nicholas Nickelby.

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  • Studied acting at the Salisbury Playhouse in Wiltshere.
  • Began his career on stage with the Royal Shakespeare Company.
  • Made his first television appearance in 1982 in The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby.
  • Rose to fame after appearing in the 1985 series Edge of Darkness.
  • Played the role of Illyrio Mopatis in the pilot of Game of Thrones but had to withdraw because of scheduling conflicts.