Ian Hart
Hart in 2016
Ian Davies

(1964-10-08) 8 October 1964 (age 59)
Liverpool, England
Years active1982–present
SpouseLynn Hart

Ian Davies (born 8 October 1964), better known by his stage name Ian Hart, is an English actor. His most notable roles have been in One Summer (1983), Backbeat (1994), Land and Freedom and Nothing Personal (1995), Michael Collins (1996), Liam (2000), as Professor Quirrell in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (2001), as Ludwig van Beethoven in Eroica (2003), My Mad Fat Diary (2013–2015), as Father Beocca in The Last Kingdom (2015–2020), and The Responder (2022).

Early life

Hart was born Ian Davies,[1] in the Knotty Ash[2] district of Liverpool on 8 October 1964.[3] He has two siblings and was brought up in an Irish Catholic family.[4] He attended Cardinal Heenan Catholic High School in Liverpool's West Derby suburb,[2] and was a member of the Everyman Youth Theatre, Liverpool, in his earlier years.[2] He studied drama at the now-defunct Mabel Fletcher College of Music and Drama in Liverpool's Wavertree district.[2]


In 1991, Hart played John Lennon in the low-budget independent film The Hours and Times.[2] He played Lennon twice more: a slightly younger Lennon during The Beatles' 1960-62 Hamburg period in Backbeat (1994),[2][3] and a 50-year-old Lennon (having avoided his true fate at age 40) in the Playhouse Presents television production Snodgrass (2013).

In 1995, Hart portrayed a POUM militia volunteer in Ken Loach's Spanish Civil War film Land and Freedom.[3] The same year, he played psychotic Northern Irish Protestant gangster 'Ginger' in the Thaddeus O'Sullivan directed 1995 Irish-British drama film Nothing Personal,[3] alongside John Lynch, James Frain and Michael Gambon, for which, Hart won the Volpi Cup for best supporting actor at the 52nd Venice International Film Festival.[5]

In 2000, he was back in Liverpool as an unemployed shipyard worker, father of three, including the protagonist, in the film Liam.[4] His best-known role, however, is perhaps that of Professor Quirrell in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (2001). He also provided the voice and motion capture for the computer-generated face of Lord Voldemort.[3][1]

In 2003, Hart and fellow actor Linus Roache fasted for three months and lost 2 stones each, to achieve a malnourished look for the filming of Blind Flight, where he played Middle-Eastern hostage Brian Keenan.[6]

In 2004, Hart played Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in the film Finding Neverland,[1] having already played Doyle's creation Dr Watson in a BBC One television film of The Hound of the Baskervilles in 2002,[1] and reprising the role in 2004 in Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Silk Stocking, with a different actor playing Sherlock Holmes. He also played schizophrenic paparazzo Don Konkey in the FX series Dirt in 2007 and 2008.[1]

In 2009 he played Tom Ripley in BBC Radio Four's adaptations of all five of Patricia Highsmith's "Ripliad" series. The same year, Hart worked alongside John Simm at the Duke of York's Theatre production of Andrew Bovell's play Speaking in Tongues.[7]

In 2011, he played Adolf Hitler in the BBC drama The Man Who Crossed Hitler.[8]

In 2015, he landed the role of Father Beocca in The Last Kingdom and remained as a main character until the end of series 4 in 2020.[3]

In 2018, he starred as Sailing Master Thomas Blanky in the AMC produced series The Terror.[1]

In 2022, Hart was back in Liverpool playing drug dealer Carl Sweeney, in the BBC One British police drama series The Responder alongside Martin Freeman.[1]

Personal life

In order to relax, and control his twitchy hyperactivity, Hart has participated in the art of both yoga and kung-fu.[6]



Year Title Role Notes
1985 No Surrender Uncertain Menace
1988 The Zip Son Short film
1991 The Hours and Times John Lennon
1994 Backbeat John Lennon
1994 Backbeat Band: Money, Version 2 John Lennon Short film
1995 Land and Freedom David Carr
1995 The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain Johnny 'Shellshocked'
1995 Clockwork Mice Steve
1995 Nothing Personal Ginger
1996 Hollow Reed Tom Dixon
1996 Michael Collins Joe O'Reilly
1997 Gold in the Streets Des
1997 Robinson Crusoe Daniel DeFoe
1997 The Butcher Boy Uncle Alo
1997 Mojo Mickey
1998 Monument Ave. 'Mouse'
1998 Frogs for Snakes Quint
1998 B. Monkey Steve Davis
1998 Enemy of the State NSA Agent John Bingham
1999 This Year's Love Liam
1999 Wonderland Dan
1999 Spring Forward Fran
1999 The End of the Affair Mr. Parkis
1999 Bait Dad Short film
2000 The Closer You Get Kieran
2000 Best Nobby Stiles
2000 Aberdeen Clive
2000 Liam Dad
2000 Born Romantic Second Cab Driver
2000 Bring Me Your Love Harry Weaver Short film
2001 Strictly Sinatra Tony Cocozza
2001 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone Professor Quirrell / Lord Voldemort Voice and motion capture for Lord Voldemort
2002 Killing Me Softly Senior Police Officer
2002 Unhinged Eric Short film
2003 Den of Lions FBI Agent Rob Shepard
2003 Cheeky Alan
2003 Blind Flight Brian Keenan
2004 Every Seven Years Liam Short film
2004 Finding Neverland Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
2004 Strings Ghrak (voice) English dub
2005 A Cock and Bull Story Joe
2005 Rag Tale Morph, Photographer
2005 Breakfast on Pluto P.C. Wallis
2005 Ripley Under Ground Bernard Sayles
2006 Trigger Happy The Man Short film
2007 Both Moussa Short film
2007 A Girl and a Gun Johnny Short film
2007 Int. Bedsit - Day Pete Short film
2007 Intervention Harry III Jr.
2008 Still Waters Burn Jack Price
2009 Morris: A Life with Bells On Endeavour
2009 A Boy Called Dad Joe
2009 Within the Whirlwind Beylin
2010 Watching Carrik Short film
2011 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 Professor Quirrell Archive footage; uncredited
2012 Hard Boiled Sweets Joyce
2014 Tiny Ruins: Carriages Instigator Short film
2014 Conversation with a Cigarette Unknown Short film
2015 Dough Victor Gerrard
2015 Urban Hymn Ian Wilson
2016 Native Telepathic voice
2016 Johnno's Dead Narrator Short film
2016 Dusty and Me Eddie 'Big Eddie'
2017 God's Own Country Martin Saxby
2017 uk18 Darren
2017 Modern Life Is Rubbish The Curve
2018 Mary Queen of Scots Lord Maitland
2020 The 11th Green James Forrestal
2020 Escape from Pretoria Denis Goldberg
2022 Marlowe Joe Green
2023 Shoshana Robert Chambers


Year Title Role Notes
1983 One Summer 'Rabbit' Miniseries
1984 Travelling Man Kyffin Rees Episode: "The Watcher"
1985 The Exercise Cadet Pritchard TV Pilot
1985 The Brothers McGregor Youth Episode: "Pilot"
1986 The Practice William Griffin 3 episodes
1986 The Monocled Mutineer Unknown Episode: "Before the Shambles"
1987 The Marksman Comic 1 episode
1989 The Play on One Christie Episode: "A View of Harry Clark"
1990 Chain Hawkins Miniseries
1992 Medics John 1 episode
1992 Eastenders Mick 4 episodes
1995 Loved Up Tom TV movie
2000 Longitude William Harrison TV movie
2002 The Hound of the Baskervilles John Watson TV movie
2002 Dad's Dead Narrator TV short
2003 Eroica Ludwig van Beethoven TV movie
2004 Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Silk Stocking John Watson TV movie
2005 The Virgin Queen William Cecil, Lord Burghley Miniseries
2007–2008 Dirt Don Konkey Main cast
2009 Dr Hoo Dr. Hoo TV Pilot
2009 Moving On Jake Episode: "Dress to Impress"
2009 Father & Son Tony Conroy Miniseries
2010 Five Daughters Detective Chief Superintendent Stewart Gull Miniseries
2010 When Harvey Met Bob Harvey Goldsmith TV movie
2011 The Man Who Crossed Hitler Adolf Hitler TV movie
2011–2012 Luck Lonnie Main cast
2013 Playhouse Presents John Lennon Episode: "Snodgrass"
2013 Bates Motel Will Decody 2 episodes
2013 Rogue Buddy Wilson
2013 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Franklin Hall Episode: "The Asset"
2013 Rogue Files: Reparation Wilson Miniseries
2013–2015 My Mad Fat Diary Kester Gill
2014 Klondike Soapy Smith Miniseries
2014 The Bridge CIA Agent Buckley / David Tate
2014 The Driver Colin Vine / Craig Vine Miniseries
2014 Boardwalk Empire Ethan Thompson 4 episodes
2015–2020 The Last Kingdom Beocca
2016 Vinyl Peter Grant Episode: "Pilot"
2016 The Secret Agent The Professor[9] Miniseries
2018 The Terror Thomas Blanky
2018 Elementary Professor Baynes Episode: "Uncanny Valley of the Dolls"
2018 Hang Ups Sam Travers 1 episode
2019 Urban Myths Hans Christian Andersen Episode: "Bleak House Guest"
2020 Noughts + Crosses Ryan McGregor 5 episodes
2020 Tin Star Michael Ryan
2021–2023 The Mosquito Coast William "Bill" Lee 11 episodes
2021 Help Steve TV film
2022 Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts Himself HBO Max Special[10]
2022 The Responder Carl Sweeney 3 episodes
2024 Mr Bates vs The Post Office Bob Rutherford 3 episodes


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  7. ^ Michael Billington (29 September 2009). "Speaking in Tongues". The Guardian. guardian.co.uk. Archived from the original on 23 January 2023. Retrieved 24 April 2023.
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