As a stage actor, Ian is perhaps best known for his role in Lee Hall’s The Pitmen Painters, as the art teacher Robert Lyon, a role created for him in the hit play which ran for over four years, via Broadway, the West End and the National Theatre. Performance of the Year, NE Culture Awards, 2009.
He played Prince George (George III) in his own play, Mr Foote’s Other Leg, in a return to the West End opposite Simon Russell Beale. He has performed in theatres all over the UK, as well as in the West End, Broadway, Off Broadway and Los Angeles. He started his film career in Merhcant Ivory’ Howards End and more recent film and TV work includes The Children Act, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Parts I & II (as Hermione’s father), Downton Abbey, Sensitive Skin, Time Trumpet, and the Russian films Admiral Kolchak and Voina (Best Actor Nomination, Montreal Film Festival).
THE PITMEN PAINTERS
By Lee Hall, inspired by a book by William Feaver, directed by Max Roberts
Written by Ron Hutchinson, Produced by The Ideas Foundry, Directed by Simon Green
A BUSY DAY
A Busy Day, the lost comedy by Fanny Burney commissioned by Sheridan for the 1800 season at Covent Garden, played first in Bristol in 1994 and then on the London fringe in 1995 before its eventual West End production, of 2000, which opened first at the Bristol Old Vic and later transferred to the Lyric, Shaftesbury Avenue.
COOKING FOR KINGS
Written & Performed by Ian Kelly, Directed by Simon Green, Produced by The Ideas Foundry.
Opened 8th May 2006 at 59e59 Theater, New York
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MR FOOTE'S OTHER LEG
BY IAN KELLY, Richard Eyre’s sold out Hampstead production currently running at the Theatre Royal Haymarket
HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS
Ian plays Hermione's father in Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows - the final instalment in the Harry Potter series.
The film, which is the seventh instalment in the Harry Potter film series, was written by Steve Kloves. The story follows Harry Potter on a quest to find and destroy Lord Voldemort's secret to immortality – the Horcruxes.
- Directed by David Yates
- Produced by Warner Brothers
Creation in which Ian plays Captain Fitzroy of The Beagle was released in the UK on 25th September 2009.
The film is a partly biographical, partly fictionalised account of Charles Darwin's relationship with his eldest daughter, Annie (Martha West), as he struggles to write On the Origin of Species.
- Directed by Jon Amiel
- Produced by Jeremy Thomas
A film by Alexei Balabanov
Ian Kelly - Best Actor Nomination Montreal International Film Festival
‘War’ was filmed all over the Caucasus, in Chechnya, Ossetia, but also in Siberia, Moscow and St Petersburg. The story, told from the point of view of a Russian soldier of an Englishman (Ian Kelly) taken captive in Chechnya and set free in order to find the ransom for his girlfriend (Ingeborge Dapkunaite).
IN LOVE AND WAR
In Love & War’ directed by the legendary Richard Attenborough and starring Sandra Bullock and Chris O’Donnell, tells the story of Ernest Hemmingway in First World War Italy and gave Ian his first substantive film role as Jimmy McBride, Hemmingway’s side-kick whose suicide catalyses the tragic love affair between the young writer and his nurse.
Hand picked by Attenborough for the role, Kelly was later described by the director as ‘one of the foremost British actors of his generation.’
Height: 6'2" (188cm)
Weight: 13st. (83kg)
Playing Age: 35 - 55 years
Eye Colour: Blue
Hair Colour: Straw
Voice Character: Assured
Voice Quality: Strong
Accents & Dialects:
American-Southern States, American-Standard, Liverpool, RP*, West Country, Yorkshire
Languages: English*, French
Music & Dance: Bass-Baritone*
Sports: Fencing*, Rowing*
Vehicle Licences: Car Driving Licence
(* = highly skilled )(* = Native/Fluent)
George III in Mr Foote's Other Leg, (by Ian Kelly) opposite Simon Russell Beale at Theatre Royal Haymarket. The NT's PITMEN PAINTERS in which Ian starred as the art teacher Robert Lyon, (Performance of the Year, NE Culture Awards) ran for four years including Broadway and three sell-out seasons on the South Bank. Previous award nominations include Best Actor, Arcadia, Manchester Theatre Awards, and Best Actor, Montreal International Film Festival for the Russian film VOINA.
2019, Feature Film, President Woodrow Wilson, KINGSMAN 3, THE GREAT GAME, Marv Films/20th Century Fox, Matthew Vaughn
2016, Feature Film, Soames, THE CHILDREN ACT, Working Title, Sir Richard Eyre
2016, Stage, Prince George, later George III, MR FOOTE'S OTHER LEG, Hampstead and Theatre Royal Haymarket, West End, Sir Richard Eyre
2012, Feature Film, Sebastian Hawke QC, CLOSED CIRCUIT, Working Title, John Crowley
2012, Television, Alisdair, CHASING THE HILL, USA (online), Brent Roske
2011, Stage, Robert Lyon, THE PITMEN PAINTERS, Broadway and National Theatre, Max Roberts
2010, Stage, Robert Lyon, THE PITMEN PAINTERS, National Theatre and Broadway, Max Roberts
2010, Television, Doctor Hamilton, DOWNTON ABBEY, ITV, Brian Percival
2009, Feature Film, Captain Fitzroy, CREATION, Recorded Picture Company, Jon Amiel
2009, Feature Film, Mr Granger, HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS, Warner Bros, David Yates
2009, Stage, Robert Lyon, THE PITMEN PAINTERS, National Theatre, Lyttleton, Max Roberts
2009, Television, Vicar, CORDON & HORNE COMIC RELIEF SPECIAL, BBC1, Richard Curtis
2008, Feature Film, General Sir Alfred Knox, ADMIRAL KOLCHAK, Mosfilm, Andrei Krachuk
2008, Stage, Robert Lyon, THE PITMEN PAINTERS, The National Theatre, Max Roberts
2007, Television, Dr Peter, SENSITIVE SKIN, BBC2/Baby Cow, Hugo Blick
2006, Stage, Beau Brummell, BEAU BRUMMELL, New York, Simon Green
2006, Stage, Antonin Careme, COOKING FOR KINGS, New York, Simon Green
2006, Television, Lord Robert Manners, BEAU BRUMMELL, BBC, Phillippa Lowthorpe
2006, Television, Prince Harry, TIME TRUMPET, BBC, Armando Ianucci
2005, Television, Dr Peter, SENSITIVE SKIN, BBC 2/Baby Cow Prods, Hugo Blick
2004, Stage, Antonin Careme, COOKING FOR KINGS, New York - 59th St Theater, Simon Green
2004, Television, David, SILENT WITNESS, BBC Television, Ashley Pearce
2002, Feature Film, John, WAR, CTB Films,Metro-Tartan, Alexey Balabanov
2002, Stage, Nigel, RELATIVE VALUES, No 1 Tour, Joe Harmston
2000, Stage, Frank, A BUSY DAY, Lyric Theatre/Bristol Old Vic, Jonathan Church
2000, Stage, Valentine, ARCADIA, Manchester Library Theatre, Chris Honer
1999, Television, Simon, IN A LAND OF PLENTY, BBC/Talkback, David Moore
1998, Television, Sebastian, DROP THE DEAD DONKEY, Hat Trick/Channel 4 Television, Andy Hamilton
1997, Feature Film, Jimmy McBride, IN LOVE AND WAR, Newline/Attenborough, Sir Richard Attenborough
1996, Television, James Crockford, CATHERINE COOKSON'S `THE MOTH', Festival Films, Roy Battersby
1995, Television, Bill, COLD LAZARUS, Whistling Gypsy/Channel 4 TV, Renny Rye
1995, Television, Hector, JUST WILLIAM, Talisman Films/BBC Television, David Giles
1992, Feature Film, Duncan Ward, HOWARDS END, Merchant Ivory Productions, James Ivory