Ian Hallard

Ian Christopher Hallard (born 9 November 1974) is an English actor.

Ian Hallard
Ian Christopher Hallard

(1974-11-09) 9 November 1974
Birmingham, West Midlands, England
EducationUniversity of Sheffield
Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts (1998)
OccupationActor, screenwriter
Years active1999–present
Mark Gatiss (m. 2008)

Personal life

Hallard was born in Birmingham, England on 9 November 1974.[2] Following his education at Solihull School[3] and an undergraduate degree at the University of Sheffield, he trained at the Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts on the Post Graduate Acting course, won a singing scholarship, and graduated in 1998.[4] He lives with his husband, the actor and screenwriter Mark Gatiss.[5] The couple live in Islington in London.[1]



Hallard has been acting professionally since 1999, when he appeared in a production of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers at the Battersea Arts Centre. Since then his roles have included Sordo in Scenes from an Execution at the Royal National Theatre, Lysander in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Bill Taylor in the Michael Frayn farce Donkeys' Years, Jack Worthing in The Importance of Being Earnest and Judah in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. His recent work includes the National Theatre production Great Britain by Richard Bean in the ensemble multi-character role of Jimmy the Bins/ St. John/Felix.[4] In 2015 he played the leading role of Alan Turing in the UK premiere of the Snoo Wilson play Lovesong of the Electric Bear at the Arts Theatre.[6]

He played the lead role of Michael in a revival of Mart Crowley's The Boys in the Band at the Park Theatre (London) and on a short UK tour in autumn 2016. He then reprised the role when the show transferred to the Vaudeville Theatre in February 2017. His performance has led to him being nominated as Best Actor in the Whatsonstage.com theatre awards, alongside Ian McKellen, Jamie Parker, Kenneth Branagh, and Ralph Fiennes.

In 2019, he starred in the revival of Closer to Heaven, the musical written by Jonathan Harvey and Pet Shop Boys at Above the Stag Theatre.


Hallard has appeared in cult BBC TV shows such as Doctor Who as Alan-a-Dale in the 2014 episode "Robot of Sherwood"; in Sherlock as Mr Crayhill in the 2011 episode "The Reichenbach Fall", and on the long-running BBC Daytime TV series Doctors. He played one of the original directors of Doctor Who, Richard Martin, in the BBC docu-drama An Adventure in Space and Time.[4] He appears in the sixth episode of the second season (“Vergangenheit”) of Netflix's series The Crown, as an employee of the minister of foreign affairs.


Hallard co-wrote The Big Four (2013) with Mark Gatiss for the ITV series Agatha Christie: Poirot, starring David Suchet. He was the Script Associate on the Poirot episodes Cat Among the Pigeons (2008) and Hallowe'en Party (2010).[7]

Selected filmography

Year Title Role Notes
2004 Global Conspiracy Gary Talbot Video short
2005–2006 Where The Heart Is Barman (Al)
2006 Miss Marple: The Sittaford Mystery Yates Series 2, Episode 4
2006 Ideal Owen Episode: "The Stag Do"
2006 Suburban Shootout Port Official Episode: "Throw Momma from the Train"
2007 The Worst Journey in the World Clive Wentworth TV movie
2008 Crisis Control Michael De Mornay BBC Television
2008 Crooked House Felix de Momery
2009 The First Men in the Moon Phi-Oo (voice)
2010 Agatha Christie: Poirot Edmund Drake Episode: "Hallowe'en Party"
2010 Hustle Vicar Episode: "Benny’s Funeral"
2011 Doctors David Moss Episode: "Life Without Yum-Yum"
2012 Sherlock Mr Crayhill Episode: "The Reichenbach Fall"
2013 An Adventure in Space and Time Richard Martin TV movie
2013 Doctors Tim Cruikshank Series 15, Episode 58
2014 Doctor Who Alan-a-Dale Episode: "Robot of Sherwood"
2015 Doctors David Moss Episode: "L'amore e la morte"


  1. Randall, Lee (17 November 2008). "The Monday Interview: Mark Gatiss – Top of the League". The Scotsman. Retrieved 19 February 2013. Amid all this activity, Gatiss found time, last spring, to get married. He and Ian have been together for nearly a decade... He and Ian are the devoted 'parents' of Bunsen, a Labrador retriever.
  2. "Sherlockology Cast Bio".
  3. "TV drama turns out to be a family affair". Solihull News.
  4. "Ian Hallard". Mandy Actors.
  5. Greenstreet, Rosanna (6 February 2016). "Q&A: Mark Gatiss – 'Best kiss? My husband, or Ben Whishaw in London Spy'". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 29 August 2016.
  6. "Lovesong of the Electric Bear (Above the Arts)".
  7. Q&A With Ian Hallard. Investigating Poirot. http://www.agathachristie.com/news/feature/adapting-poirot
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