Ian Hart

A Liverpudlian actor who shot to fame with two memorable turns as John Lennon in the early 1990s, Ian Hart went on to build an impressive career, with an unending list of film roles that showcased his talent and ... Read more »
Born: 10/07/1964 in Liverpool, England, GB


Actor (60)

The Last Kingdom 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)


Boardwalk Empire 2014 (Tv Show)


Inconceivable 2014 (Movie)


Klondike 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)


The Bridge 2014 (Tv Show)


Urban Hymn 2014 (Movie)

Ian Wilson (Actor)

Bates Motel 2013 (Tv Show)


Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 2013 (Tv Show)


Rogue 2013 (Tv Show)


Luck 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)


When Harvey Met Bob 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)


Within the Whirlwind 2011 (Movie)


Intervention 2009 (Movie)


A Boy Called Dad 2008 (Movie)


Dirt 2006 - 2008 (TV Show)


The Virgin Queen 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)


Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story 2006 (Movie)

Joe (Actor)

Breakfast on Pluto 2005 (Movie)

PC Wallis (Actor)

Den of Lions 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)


Rag Tale 2005 (Movie)

Morph (Actor)

Finding Neverland 2004 (Movie)

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Actor)

Ripley Under Ground 2004 (Movie)


Strings 2004 (Movie)


Killing Me Softly 2003 (Movie)

Daniel (Actor)

The Hound Of The Baskervilles 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)


Cheeky 2002 (Movie)

Uncle Alan (Actor)

Aberdeen 2001 (Movie)

Clive (Actor)

Best 2001 (Movie)

Nobby Stiles (Actor)

Blind Flight 2001 (Movie)

John McCarthy (Actor)

Born Romantic 2001 (Movie)

Cab Driver No 2 (Actor)

Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe 2001 (Movie)


Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone 2001 (Movie)

Professor Quirrell (Actor)

How Harry Became A Tree 2001 (Movie)


Liam 2001 (Movie)

Dad--Tom Sullivan (Actor)

Strictly Sinatra 2001 (Movie)

Toni Cocozza (Actor)

Spring Forward 2000 (Movie)

Fran (Actor)

The Closer You Get 2000 (Movie)

Kieran O'Donnagh (Actor)

Wonderland 2000 (Movie)

Dan (Actor)

B. Monkey 1999 (Movie)

Steve Davis (Actor)

Frogs for Snakes 1999 (Movie)

Quint (Actor)

The End of the Affair 1999 (Movie)

Mr Parkis (Actor)

This Year's Love 1999 (Movie)

Liam (Actor)

Enemy of the State 1998 (Movie)

Bingham (Actor)

Mojo 1998 (Movie)

Mickey (Actor)

Monument Ave. 1998 (Movie)

Murphy (Actor)

The Butcher Boy 1998 (Movie)

Uncle Alo (Actor)

Gold In the Streets 1997 (Movie)

Des (Actor)

Nothing Personal 1997 (Movie)

Ginger (Actor)

Still Waters Burn 1997 (Movie)

Jack Price (Actor)

The Hollow Reed 1997 (Movie)

Tom Dixon (Actor)

Land and Freedom 1996 (Movie)

David (Actor)

Loved Up 1996 (Movie)

Tom (Actor)

Michael Collins 1996 (Movie)

Joe O'Reilly (Actor)

Clockwork Mice 1995 (Movie)

Steve (Actor)

The Englishman Who Went Up A Hill But Came Down A Mountain 1995 (Movie)

Johnny Shellshocked (Actor)

Backbeat 1994 (Movie)

John Lennon (Actor)

The Hours and Times 1992 (Movie)

John Lennon (Actor)

Eroica (TV Show)


Longitude (TV Show)



A Liverpudlian actor who shot to fame with two memorable turns as John Lennon in the early 1990s, Ian Hart went on to build an impressive career, with an unending list of film roles that showcased his talent and versatility. Hart's portrayals of the iconic Beatle in the heralded black-and-white character study short "The Hours and Times" (1991) and the engagingly speculative, music-infused drama "Backbeat" (1994) were roundly acclaimed. The wan, thinning haired, blue-eyed actor was well-disguised for the roles with wigs and contact lenses, making him a perfect physical match to the late musician, while allowing him to escape typecasting. Hart's fondness and talent for immersing himself fully in a role, and chameleonic ability to become someone entirely different in looks and manner made him a sought after character player who enjoyed a fruitful career.


Lynne Currie

met c. 1988

Daisy Hart

born c. 1996

Holly Hart

born c. 2000



Cast in "Finding Neverland" which details the experiences of 'Peter Pan' author J.M. Barrie


Appeared in the thriller "Killing Me Softly", starring Heather Graham and Joseph Fiennes and directed by Chen Kaige


Played Professor Quirrell in "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone"


Featured as a truck driver who romances a feisty lawyer in the drama "Aberdeen"


Co-starred with Ian Holm in a stage revival of "The Homecoming"; played role Holm originated in the premiere staging of the Pinter drama; acted in London, then recreated the part in NYC as part of a 70th birthday tribute to the author


Portrayed a Scottish singer who gets involved with local gangsters hoping it will propel him into the big time in "Cocozza's Way/Strictly Sinatra"


Co-starred in "Born Romantic"; screened at Toronto Film Festival; released in USA in 2001


Played the title character's father in Stephen Frears' "Liam"; shown at Venice Film Festival; released in the USA in 2001


Appeared in the fact-based historical miniseries "Longitude", aired on Britian's Channel 4 and A&E in the USA


Starred as a man trying to lure eligible American women to his small Irish town in the comedy "The Closer You Get"


Featured as a private detective tracking a woman (Julianne Moore) for her former lover (Ralph Fiennes) in the acclaimed drama "The End of the Affair"; third collaboration with Neil Jordan


Appeared in the British independent features "B. Monkey" and "This Year's Love"


Played an angry alcoholic with marital problems in Michael Winterbottom's "Wonderland" (released in USA in 2000)


Had a supporting turn in the conspiracy thriller "Enemy of the State"


Starred in the small scale independents "Still Waters Burn" and "Frogs For Snakes"


Played the club manager in "Mojo", adapted by Jez Butterworth from his stage play


Reunited with Neil Jordan for a supporting role in "The Butcher Boy"


Co-starred in "Michael Collins" as the title character's secretary, marking his debut in a US produced film; first collaboration with writer-director Neil Jordan


Gave a memorable performance as the supportive lover of a man fighting for custody of his young son in the fact-based drama "The Hollow Reed"


Appeared in the features "The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain", "Clockwork Mice" and "Loved Up"


Co-starred as Ginger, a hothead Loyalist assassin, in the Troubles-themed drama "Nothing Personal"; won best supporting actor prize at the Venice Film Festival for his work


Had starring role in Kenneth Loach's "Land and Freedom", playing a Brit who goes to fight in the Spanish Civil War


Again played Lennon, this time as a young upstart musician, in "Backbeat"


First starring feature role, played John Lennon in the black-and-white short "The Hours and Times", directed by Christopher Munch


Made film debut with a small role in "No Surrender"


Began acting at age 17 (date approximate)

Joined the Liverpool Playhouse

Starred in the 1920s Ireland-set black comedy "How Harry Became a Tree" (lensed 2000)

Acted on the popular BBC serial "EastEnders"

Raised in Liverpool, England

Bonus Trivia


Amy Taubin on Ian Hart in "Backbeat": "The mix of anger and yearning that his Lennon feels for the elusive Stu translates into real heat. Any competent actor can play contradictory feelings one after another--first mad, then sad--but being able to play them simultaneously is a rare gift. That plus his abandon during the musical numbers--he practically levitates from the stage--make Hart, at least, a candidate for the new British film-acting pantheon." --quoted in an April 24, 1994 Village Voice article.


"My life's changed in no way whatsoever. I don't go to parties and hang out with other actors." --Ian Hart in The New York Times, March 10, 1996.


"Ian has an intuitive approach to acting, almost the American approach, as opposed to what you see in classically-trained English stage actors." --Christopher Munch, director of "The Hours and Times," in The New York Times, March 10, 1996.


Ian Hart, who has been featured in several strongly political-themed films, on his worldview as opposed to that of his "Land and Freedom" director Kenneth Loach: "Ken's [politics] are set in stone. Whereas I think you have to kind of see the world for what it is. I still have a lot of faith in human beings." --quoted in Time Out New York, March 13-20, 1996.


Hart on why he has largely steered clear of lead parts: "The things I have been offered have not been the good parts. They require you to impose a character on the story. I'm not interested in imposing my personality on the character. I want to try to create another somebody, not be me. Acting is about making shit up. It's no more complex than that." --quoted in London's Evening Standard, February 1, 2000.


"The sort of thing I do tends to be half-written, fourth leads -- you've got to do a lot of work not to make shit look as bad as it is. A lot of directors don't direct, they're waiting for you to provide for them. It's 'What can you offer me?' And I can offer this, but it might not be right, I was hoping that you'd have an overview. And then, when it's not working and they feel threatened, they start exercising their authority, but that doesn't work at all with me. I'm more likely to carry on barking. I can do that all day, shouting doesn't bother me, but if you'd just had a fucking conversation with me I wouldn't be doing it." --Hart responding to allegations that he is difficult to work with, quoted in the British publication The Independent, August 25, 2000.


"You can look at a film script, and you might think it's not perfect, but at least the director is interesting. But with theatre, it's six months, no money. And there's got to be something there every night which you can mine. There may not be something there, in which case you've still got to get up on Wednesday and Saturday and do the matinees. I can learn something from a shit film. I'm not too sure what I can learn from doing a shit play for three months." --Hart on what keeps him away from the stage, quoted in The Independent, February 18, 2001.