George Ian Kenneth "Kenny" Ireland (7 August 1945 – 31 July 2014) was a Scottish actor and theatre director. Ireland was best known to television viewers for his role in Victoria Wood As Seen on TV in the 1980s, and for playing Donald Stewart in Benidorm from 2007 until his death in 2014.
Ireland in character as Donald Stewart from the comedy TV series Benidorm
George Ian Kenneth Ireland
7 August 1945
Paisley, Scotland, UK
|Died||July 31, 2014 68) (aged|
|Occupation||Actor, theatre director|
|Spouse(s)||Marilyn Imrie (divorced)|
Meg Poole (1980 until his death)
Born in Paisley, Renfrewshire, Ireland had been prominent in the theatre where he spent ten years as director of the Royal Lyceum Theatre in Edinburgh. When he left the post in 2003 he controversially attacked the Scottish arts establishment for providing "theatre on the cheap" and the Scottish Executive for putting plans for a National Theatre of Scotland on "the back burner". The National Theatre of Scotland was finally launched in 2006. He also appeared in an episode of Auf Wiedersehen, Pet as a journalist. In some early TV appearances (e.g. the BBC's "Five Red Herrings") he was credited as "Ian Ireland".
Ireland's directing credits include Guys & Dolls, A View from the Bridge, Romeo and Juliet, Phaedra, Macbeth, Lovers, The Anatomist, Clay Bull, Mother Courage, Much Ado About Nothing, Of Mice and Men, Private Lives, Oleanna, The Gowk Storm, Waiting for Godot, Dancing at Lughnasa, Oedipus Tyrannos and A Midsummer Night's Dream.
He also appeared in Acorn Antiques, the STV series Taggart, the 1983 film Local Hero, Dempsey and Makepeace episode "In the Dark", Series 2 of "Auf Wiedersehen Pet" the 1990 series House of Cards as Media tycoon Benjamin Landless starring alongside Ian Richardson as Francis Urquhart, and the David Leland film The Big Man with Liam Neeson. He was also in Heartbeat and made a brief appearance in the promo video for Tracey Ullman's "Sunglasses".
He appeared in the television series Benidorm as swinger Donald Stewart from 2007 until the end of the series that aired in early 2014. In June 2014, it was announced that he had brain cancer. His character did not appear in the 7th series of Benidorm in person, however the character's voice was heard on a telephone call, albeit provided by a sound-a-like.
Ireland died of cancer on 31 July 2014 aged 68.
|2007–2014||Benidorm||Donald Stewart||65 episodes|
|2012||Midsomer Murders||George Dormer|
|2011||All Star Family Fortunes||Himself||Benidorm vs. The Only Way is Essex|
|2009||Beyond a Joke||Himself|
|2005||Rose and Maloney||Mr. Hawkins the prison officer|
|2005||New Tricks||George Morton||3 episodes|
|2003||My Dad's the Prime Minister||Union leader|
|2003||Monarch of the Glen||Mike Baxter|
|1997||Hamish Macbeth||Torquil McFarquar|
|1993||Punch Drunk||Vinnie Binns||6 episodes|
|1991||4 Play||Sammy Duncan|
|1990||House of Cards||Ben Landless|
|1990||Rab C. Nesbitt||Gavin Clark|
|1990||Drop the Dead Donkey||Sound man|
|1990||The Big Man||Tony||Feature film|
|1989||Resurrected||Denzil Clausen||Feature film|
|1989||Hard Cases||Slow Michael|
|1988||Drowning by Numbers||Jonah Bognor||Feature film|
|1988||Salome's Last Dance||1st soldier||Feature film|
|1987||A Hazard of Hearts||Padlett||TV film|
|1987||Life Without George||Sammy||6 episodes|
|1985–1987||Victoria Wood As Seen on TV||Derek||9 episodes|
|1984||The Young Visiters||Alfred Salteena||Feature film|
|1983||Local Hero||Skipper||Feature film|
|1982||Moonlighting||Timber man||Feature film|
|1980||The Dogs of War||Film crew member||Feature film|
|1972||The Hound of the Baskervilles||Sir Henry Baskerville||TV film|
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