Creator: Ian McShane

Ian McShane (born 29th September 1942) is a renowned English actor who, despite his numerous roles in film, is perhaps best known for his work on the small screen. In particular as the eponymous character in popular British series Lovejoy and of course, his fierce performance as the terrifying yet complex saloon owner Al Swearengen on the gone-too-soon series Deadwood.

Versatile, talented and with a distinctive, purring voice, McShane is a Rule of Sean Connery actor. Whatever project he's involved with, it becomes a lot better because of his presence.

His many roles on the silver screen have been predominantly villainous including Judas Iscariot in Jesus of Nazareth, Blackbeard in the fourth Pirates of the Caribbean film and bisexual Gayngster Teddy Bass in Sexy Beast (as well as the very similar if somewhat more benign role of Meredith in 44 Inch Chest).


  • Badass: Whatever role he's playing will inevitably be this.
  • Badass Baritone: His melifluous, purring voice is very distinctive.
  • Badass Beard: He has some of the best facial hair in the business.

Film Roles

Television Roles