Creator / Ian McShane

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"Every actor has to love and loathe the character he plays."

Ian David McShane (born 29th September 1942) is a renowned English actor who is perhaps best known as the eponymous character in popular British series Lovejoy, for his fierce performance as the terrifying yet complex saloon owner Al Swearengen in Deadwood, and as Blackbeard in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.

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 screen have been predominantly villainous, including Judas Iscariot in Jesus of Nazareth, Blackbeard in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides and bisexual Gayngster Teddy Bass in Sexy Beast. However, he also plays good guys, such as Mr. Bobinsky in Coraline and King Brahmwell in Jack the Giant Slayer. Incidentally, he was at drama school with John Hurt, and they shared an apartment, leading to a lifelong friendship.

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