Ian McNeice (born 2 October 1950) is an English actor and voice actor. He found fame portraying government agent Harcourt in the 1985 television series 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 the Newsreader in historical drama Rome (2005–2007) and currently plays Bert Large in the comedy drama series Doc Martin (2004–present).


1 Early life and education 2 Career 3 Filmography

3.1 Film and television

4 References 5 External links

Early life and education[edit] McNeice was born in Basingstoke, Hampshire. His acting training started at the Taunton School
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
Royal Shakespeare Company
and a production of Nicholas Nickleby on Broadway. Career[edit] 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
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 seven 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
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
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
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] McNeice also stars as The Architect in the independent feature film, The House of Screaming Death, set to be released in 2017.[4][5][6] Filmography[edit] Film and television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes

1982 Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, TheThe Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby Wackford Squeers / Scaley / Croupier TV series

1983 The Cleopatras Alexander TV series

1983 Grizzly II: The Concert Bernie

1983 Voice Over "Fats" Bannerman

1984 Minder Eric Morgan Episode: "Rocky Eight and a Half"

1984 Top Secret! Blind souvenir salesman

1985 Edge of Darkness Harcourt TV Mini-Series

1987 Personal Services Harry

1987 84 Charing Cross Road Bill Humphries

1987 Cry Freedom


1987 Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne, TheThe Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne Bernard Rice

1987 A Perfect Spy Sefton Boyd

1988 Whoops Apocalypse Thrush

1988 Raggedy Rawney, TheThe Raggedy Rawney Farmer

1989 Valmont Azolan

1989 Around the World in 80 Days Batcular TV Mini-Series

1990 1871 Prince of Wales

1990 Russia House, TheThe Russia House Merrydew

1991 Secret Friends First Businessman

1991 "Lovejoy" Gervais Rackham

1992 Year of the Comet Ian

1992 B & B Horace Gilbert

1992 The Blackheath Poisonings George Collard TV film

1992 Ungentlemanly Act, AnAn Ungentlemanly Act Dick Baker TV film

1993 Don't Leave Me This Way Oscar Ghilardi

1993 Age of Treason Casca TV film

1994 No Escape King

1995 Pie in the Sky Mr Wilkes

1995 Funny Bones Stanley Sharkey

1995 Sharpe's Battle Wagonmaster-General Colonel Runciman TV film

1995 Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain, TheThe Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain George Garrad

1995 Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls Fulton Greenwall

1996 Chef! Gustave LaRoche TV series

1996 Cadfael : The Devil's Novice Canon Eluard TV series

1997 Beautician and the Beast, TheThe Beautician and the Beast Iva Grushinsky

1997 Life Less Ordinary, AA Life Less Ordinary Mayhew

1998 How to Make the Cruelest Month Peggy Asks

1998 Hornblower: The Examination for Lieutenant Mr. Tapling TV film

1999 The Auteur Theory Sir Maximilian Fair Brown

1999 Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Potiphar

1999 Cherry Orchard, TheThe Cherry Orchard Pishchik

1999 Christmas Carol, AA Christmas Carol Fezziwig TV film

1999 David Copperfield Mr. Dick TV film

2000 Longitude Doctor TV series

2000 Frank Herbert's Dune Baron Vladimir Harkonnen TV miniseries

2000 Sleeper, TheThe Sleeper Mr. Tarburck TV film

2000 The Nine Lives of Tomas Katz Inspector

2001 Anazapta Bishop

2001 Body, TheThe Body Dr. Sproul

2001 Town & Country Peter Principal

2001 Conspiracy Dr. Gerhard Klopfer TV film

2001 Fourth Angel, TheThe Fourth Angel MI5 officer Lewison

2001 From Hell Dr. Robert Drudge

2002 Amnèsia Doug Chandler

2002 Man and Boy Nigel Batty

2002 Final Curtain, TheThe Final Curtain Priest

2003 Chaos and Cadavers Harry Kane

2003 Frank Herbert's Children of Dune Baron Vladimir Harkonnen TV miniseries

2003 I'll Be There Graham

2003 Blackball Hugh the Sideburns

2004 Spartacus Lentulus Batiatus TV film

2004 Freeze Frame Forensic Profiler Saul Seger

2004 Around the World in 80 Days Colonel Kitchener

2004 Rocket Post, TheThe Rocket Post Alex Miln

2004 Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason Quizmaster

2004– Doc Martin Bert Large TV series

2005 White Noise Raymond Price

2005 Cherished Bill Bache TV film

2005 Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, TheThe Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Kwaltz Voice

2005 Oliver Twist Limbkins

2005–2007 Rome The Newsreader TV series

2006 Black Dahlia, TheThe Black Dahlia Coroner

2007 New Tricks Michael Meadowcroft Series 4 Episode 8

2008 Day of the Dead DJ Paul

2008 Valkyrie Joachim von Kortzfleisch

2009 Cleopatra: Portrait of a Killer Cassius Dio (Historian) TV film

2010–2011 Doctor Who Winston Churchill Episodes: "The Beast Below" "Victory of the Daleks" "The Pandorica Opens" "The Wedding of River Song"

2010 Jonathan Creek Father Roderick Alberic

2012 Nativity 2: Danger in the Manger Mr. Peterson Senior Film

2012 The Mystery of Edwin Drood Mayor Sapsea TV film

2017 We Are Tourists Harry

2017 The Man Who Invented Christmas Edward Chapman Film

2017 The House of Screaming Death The Architect


^ "Illyrio recast". 16 September 2010. Retrieved 29 October 2011.  ^ "First Smith 'Doctor Who' titles confirmed". 3 February 2010. Retrieved 3 February 2010.  ^ " The King's Speech
The King's Speech
play has its world premiere". BBC
News. 3 February 2012. Retrieved 3 February 2012.  ^ "April Updates – The House of Screaming Death Completes Post Production". 29 March 2017. Retrieved 29 March 2017.  ^ "Top actor Ian McNeice to star in Black Country horror flick". Express & Star. 3 May 2016. Retrieved 29 March 2017.  ^ "House of Screaming Death Completes Post-Production, Celebrates By Releasing 3 New Stills". Horror Society. 28 March 2017. Retrieved 29 March 2017. 

External links[edit]

Ian McNeice on Twitter Ian McNeice on IMDb

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