Ian Mercer rose to fame as an actor, gracing the silver screen many times over the course of his Hollywood career. He had an early role on the television special "The Final Cut" (PBS, 1995-96). He also appeared in the TV movie "Cracker: The Mad Woman in the Attic" (1993-94). He also landed a role in the miniseries "Shackleton" (2001-02). He also had roles in film during these years, including roles in the action flick "Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World" (2003) with Russell Crowe. In the early 2000s and the 2010s, he then appeared in "Pirate Radio" (2009), the dramatic adaptation "Creation" (2010) with Paul Bettany and the Johnny Depp blockbuster action film "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" (2011). Most recently, Mercer appeared in "Churchill's Secret" (PBS, 2015-).