IAN BARTHOLOMEW

 
IAN BARTHOLOMEW: AN OVERVIEW.

Ian has worked as an actor extensively in Theatre, Television, Radio and Film over the last 35 years. He spent three years at the National Theatre working primarily with the director Richard Eyre and the writer David Hare, playing alongside Anthony Hopkins in the original production of PRAVDA, and Rik Mayall in THE GOVERNMENT INSPECTOR, as well as the award winning production of GUYS AND DOLLS. For the Royal Shakespeare Company, he played Shylock in THE MERCHANT OF VENICE which toured England, China, Malaysia and Japan. Other highlights include THE FRONT PAGE at the Donmar Warehouse directed by Sam Mendes and playing ‘Jimmy Tomorrow’ in the Almeida Theatre/Old Vic production of THE ICEMAN COMETH, alongside Kevin Spacey. 

He was nominated for an Olivier award for the London production of INTO THE WOODS by Stephen Sondheim, and again for a British musical called RADIO TIMES at the Queens Theatre. Other West End credits include TOMMY at the Shaftesbury, and DEAD FUNNY at the Savoy. He played ‘The Fool’ in KING LEAR opposite Tom Courtenay at the Manchester Royal Exchange, and ‘George’ in ‘WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?’ at the Liverpool Playhouse. In 2010 he won a Manchester Evening News award for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of ‘Doolittle’ in PYGMALION, again at the Royal Exchange. In 2011 he played the title role in Brecht’s, THE RESISTABLE RISE OF ARTURO UI, for Liverpool and Nottingham Playhouses receiving outstanding reviews.

Most recently he has appeared in three productions in three consecutive years at the Noel Coward Theatre in London: SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE, MRS HENDERSON PRESENTS for which he received an Olivier nomination, and HALF A SIXPENCE, garnering a nomination for a What's On Stage award and another Olivier nomination.

His television work includes, SPOOKS, FLORENCE NIGHTINGALE, THIEVES LIKE US, NEW TRICKS, MINDER, BERGERAC, ROCK FOLLIES, THE PROFESSIONALS, DARLING BUDS OF MAY, WYCLIFFE, THE BLACKHEATH POISONINGS, HARRY, THE ECHO, WITHOUT MOTIVE, CASUALTY, HOLBY BLUE, HEARTBEAT, THE RIVALS, DCI BANKS, EMPIRE, THE ACCUSED, SOUTH RIDING and many more. 

On film he has appeared in SHINER, BREAKOUT, MAX AND HELEN, EISENSTEIN and A PRAYER FOR THE DYING.