Ian Redford (actor)

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Ian Redford
Ian Leslie Redford

(1951-04-06) 6 April 1951 (age 68)
ResidenceLondon, England
Alma materRutlish Grammar School
Years active1973–present

Ian Leslie Redford (born 6 April 1951 in Carshalton, Surrey) is an English actor who has featured on stage, in film and on television in various roles.

These include leads in several series A Raging Calm by Stan Barstow, The House of Eliott, September Song, The Men's Room, Rooms, County Hall, Medics and Moon and Son as well as guesting in Peak Practice, Foyle's War, Casualty, Crown Prosecutor, Spender, Wycliffe, Lovejoy, Doctors, The Broker's Man, One Foot in the Grave, Van der Valk, Midsomer Murders, Dramarama, Under the Hammer, William and Mary, Empire, Heartbeat, The Chase, New Tricks, Minder, Boon, The Bill, Bergerac, Shelley and Hannay. Redford's roles include Keith Appleyard in Coronation Street during 2005 and 2006.[1] During 1990-91 he played the role of Ken Raynor in BBC's EastEnders.


He has appeared widely in English theatre productions and on television and film, he played the main role of Alfieri in Arthur Miller's A View from the Bridge at the Royal Exchange, Manchester. His film career includes Spaghetti House (1982), The Great Escape II: The Untold Story (1988), Getting It Right (1989), Three Men and a Little Lady (1990), Just Like a Woman (1992), The Remains of the Day (1993), I.D. (1995), and the 1981 BBC TV play Artemis 81. He also starred in Bread or Blood for the BBC, based on William Henry Hudson's The Shepherd's Life. For Channel 4 he was the Henry VIII in Henry VIII: The Mind of a Tyrant.[2]

He received a best actor nomination in the Manchester Evening News awards in 2010[3] for his role as Creon in Antigone at the Manchester Royal Exchange; the Daily Mail called him "the key to this superb production's success", in a positive review that rated the production 5/5 stars.[4] He was part of Max Stafford-Clark's regular company of actors for Out of Joint Theatre Company appearing in 11 productions over 20 years ;[5] he received praise for his work in Stafford-Clark's touring production of Timberlake Wertenbaker's Our Country's Good,[6] he also appeared on stage in David Hare's The Permanent Way.[7]

Redford co-wrote A Dish of Tea With Doctor Johnson with Max Stafford-Clark and Russell Barr and starred as Samuel Johnson in London and Edinburgh, opposite Barr as Boswell. The Guardian rated the production 4/5, saying "the two actors precisely convey ... the constantly shifting nature of the relationship" between the men and concluding "this is a rare treat in which the performers seem to own the material".[8] The Independent praised his performance, "mercurial and greedy".[9] Recently Ian has appeared

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Personal life[edit]

Redford is married, has three children and lives in London, he attended Rutlish Grammar School 1962-69, where he took a leading role in many school amateur dramatic productions.


  1. ^ Head, Tom (22 February 2011). "Theatre Interview: Ian Redford". The Leeds Guide. Archived from the original on 16 January 2014. Retrieved 14 January 2014.
  2. ^ Parrill, Sue; William Baxter Robison (2013). The Tudors on Film and Television. McFarland. p. 102. ISBN 9781476600314.
  3. ^ Bourne, Dianne (19 April 2010). "Theatre awards a winner". Manchester Evening News. Retrieved 14 January 2014.
  4. ^ Letts, Quentin. At last! Honour among Thebes, Daily Mail, 23 October 2008.
  5. ^ Radosavljevi, Duška (2013). The Contemporary Ensemble: Interviews with Theatre-Makers. Routledge. p. 66. ISBN 9781136283543.
  6. ^ Murphy, John. "Our Country's Good (review)". Exeunt Magazine. Retrieved 14 January 2014.
  7. ^ Boon (13 December 2007). The Cambridge Companion to David Hare. Cambridge University Press. p. 131. ISBN 9781139827614.
  8. ^ Billington, Michael (9 March 2011). "A Dish of Tea With Dr Johnson – review". The Guardian. Retrieved 14 January 2014.
  9. ^ Burnside, Anna (25 August 2011). "A Dish of Tea with Dr Johnson, Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh". The Independent. Retrieved 14 January 2014.

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