Lee Ingleby

Lee David Ingleby (born 28 January 1976) is an English film, television and stage actor.

Lee Ingleby
Lee David Ingleby

(1976-01-28) 28 January 1976
Years active1997–present

He is known for his roles as Detective Sergeant John Bacchus in the BBC drama Inspector George Gently and as Stan Shunpike in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. More recently, in 2016, Ingleby played the role of Paul Hughes, the father of an autistic child, Joe, in a BBC drama, The A Word.[1]

Early life

Ingleby was born in Burnley, Lancashire, son of Gordon Ingleby and Susan M Hoggarth, and lived in nearby Brierfield during the early part of his life, attending Edge End High School, as did fellow actor John Simm. Both were taught by the same drama teacher who encouraged them into the professional theatre.[2] He then studied at Accrington and Rossendale College before progressing to the drama school LAMDA in London.


Ingleby's first major role was as the young lead in the 2000 BBC miniseries Nature Boy alongside Paul McGann. He played Smike in a 2001 television film version of The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby. Also in 2001, he starred in and wrote the screenplay for the short film Cracks in the Ceiling, which he appeared in with his father, Gordon Ingleby. In the 2002 theatrical release Borstal Boy, based very loosely on the life of Irish poet-activist Brendan Behan, Ingleby played a bully in an English boarding school for juvenile offenders.

Ingleby has also made one-off appearances in television programmes such as Hustle, Clocking Off, No Angels, Fat Friends, Jonathan Creek, Dalziel and Pascoe, Cadfael (Pilgrim of Hate) and The Bill. He has had supporting roles in films such as Gustave in Ever After alongside Drew Barrymore and as Hollom in the 2003 Peter Weir film Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World.

In 2004, Ingleby had a small role in the Orlando Bloom vehicle Haven, which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival but was not commercially released until 2006 following heavy re-editing. He also guest-starred in the Doctor Who audio adventure Terror Firma.

In 2006 Ingleby appeared in Jimmy McGovern BBC TV series The Street, where he played abusive husband Sean O'Neill alongside Christine Bottomley. Another project was the 2006 television adaptation of The Wind in the Willows, in which he played Mole. It also starred Bob Hoskins as Badger, Matt Lucas as Toad and Mark Gatiss as Ratty. He also appeared in a modernised BBC adaptation of Rapunzel for the Fairy Tales series.

In 2007 Ingleby was cast as DS John Bacchus in the BBC police drama Inspector George Gently, later promoted to Inspector, Season 6, in 2014.[3]

Ingleby headed the cast of the 2008 three-part television crime drama Place of Execution as DI George Bennett as he was in the 1960s determined to close the case of a missing girl. When not working in films and television, Ingleby remains active on the stage, where his credits include Puck in Midsummer Night's Dream, Alexander in Nicholas Wright's Cressida and Katurian in Martin McDonagh's The Pillowman. He performed in the play Our Class by Tadeusz Slobodzianek at the Cottesloe Theatre from September 2009 to January 2010 as Zygmunt.[4]

In 2011, Ingleby appeared in the television series Being Human as Edgar Wyndham, a menacing vampire elder, and also in Luther as serial killer Cameron Pell.

In 2013, Ingleby took on the voice role of Phillip De Nicholay, the Sheriff of Nottingham, in a new audio production of the Robin Hood legend, produced by Spiteful Puppet. He returned to the role in the follow up "HOOD – The Scribe of Sherwood". In the same year, two more feature length audio stories (Warriors' Harvest and King's Command) have been produced by Spiteful Puppet with Ingleby once again playing the role of "De Nicholay".[5]

In 2014, he played Leslie in Quirke (Irish-British TV series).

In 2015 Ingleby played Bob in the UK version of the new computer-generated series Bob The Builder. That same year he provided spoken word narration on the progressive rock album Please Come Home which the British musician John Mitchell released under the project name Lonely Robot.

In 2016 Ingleby first appeared in the role of Paul Hughes, father of autistic child Joe, in BBC drama series The A Word.[6]



1998Ever AfterGustave
2000Borstal BoyDale
2001Cracks in the CeilingLad
2001The Life and Adventures of Nicholas NicklebySmike
2003Master and Commander: The Far Side of the WorldMidshipman Hollom
2004Harry Potter and The Prisoner of AzkabanStan Shunpike
2005The HeadsmanBernhard
2006The Wind in the WillowsMole
2007The Last LegionGermanus
2008Post-It LoveBoy
2012Best Laid PlansDeano
2013The ArbiterJohn
2017Bob the Builder: Mega MachinesBob (UK)


1997Soldier SoldierKevin Fitzpatrick
1998Killer NetGordon
1998In the RedPaul
1998The BillIanEpisode: "Puzzled"
1999The Dark RoomBobby Franklyn
1999Dalziel and PascoeKieron CummingEpisode: "The British Grenadier"
2000Jonathan CreekDerek SpratleyEpisode: "The Three Gamblers"
2000Nature BoyDavid
2001SpacedRomford Thug LeaderEpisode: "Gone"
2002ImpactPeter Stamford
2002Clocking OffSteven Dugdale
2002Fat FriendsCraigEpisode: "Sweet and Flour"
2004No AngelsNurse Carl Jenkins
2004Blue MurderRoger BoersmaEpisode: "Up in Smoke"
2004Early DoorsDean
2005HustleTrevor SpeedEpisode: "The Lesson"
2005Coming UpGabrielEpisode "Karma Cowboys"
2006Life on MarsVic Tyler
2006The StreetSean O'Neill
2007–2017Inspector George GentlyDetective Sergeant John Bacchus
2007The Worst Journey in the WorldBirdie BowersDocudrama
2008Fairy TalesJimmy StojkovicEpisode: "Rapunzel"
2008Place of ExecutionDetective Inspector George Bennett1960s scenes
2008Agatha Christie's MarpleColin HardsEpisode: "Nemesis"
2008Crooked HouseBen
2011Being HumanEdgar Wyndham
2011LutherCameron Pell
2012White HeatAlan
2014QuirkeLeslie White
2014Our ZooGeorge Mottershead
2015–2018Bob the BuilderBob (UK)Main role, succeeding Neil Morrissey
2016–presentThe A WordPaul Hughes
2016The FiveSlade
2017Line of DutyNick Huntley
2018InnocentDavid Collins
2018Pilgrimage: The Road to SantiagoNarrator
2019Criminal: UKDetective Tony Myerscough



  1. Delgado, Kasia (22 March 2016). "Meet the cast of The A Word". Radio Times. Retrieved 13 May 2016.
  2. "Pendle actor to be star of Del Boy's first film". Lancashire Telegraph. 16 April 2010. Retrieved 5 January 2016.
  3. "Inspector George Gently is back for four new single dramas for BBC One – Lee Ingleby as John Bacchus". BBC Press Office. 7 April 2009. Retrieved 13 May 2016.
  4. Review, timesonline.co.uk; accessed 5 January 2016.
  5. "Hood". BBC Media Centre. Retrieved 13 May 2016.
  6. Delgado, Kasia (22 March 2016). "Meet the cast of The A Word". Radio Times. Retrieved 13 May 2016.
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