© Brandon Bishop 2019
Ian lives both in Berlin, Germany and Plymouth, UK. Since 2017 he has dual British-German citizenship. He was born in Plymouth, and grew up in St. Germans, a village in South East Cornwall. In 1983 he relocated to London and in 1985 he co-founded and managed the music publishing company ‘Anxious Music’ and the independent record label ‘Anxious Records’ together with Dave Stewart of Eurythmics. He resigned from the Anxious companies in 1988 and, following work on Eurythmics' 'Revival' world tour in 1989/90, he studied drama and English literature at ‘The Working Men´s College’, London whilst working freelance in the music business. He left the UK for Berlin in 1995.
Ian has appeared on various stages in Berlin, Frankfurt and Munich, performing both in German and English, as well as directing and producing. He was a guest actor at both the ‘Maxim Gorki Theater Berlin’ from 1998 to 1999 and at the ‘Deutsches Theater Berlin’ from 2003 until 2008.
Theatre credits include; ‘The Lover’ and ‘The Homecoming’ (Pinter), ‘Closer’ (Marber), ‘Othello’ (Shakespeare), ‘Salomé’ and ‘The Happy Prince’ (Wilde), ‘Waiting for Godot’, ‘Play’ and ‘Catastrophe’ (Beckett), ‘Kvetch’ (Berkhoff), ‘The Wild Duck’ (Ibsen), ‘Lady Bracknell’s Confinement’ (Doust) and ‘Purgatorio’ (Dorfman).
Film and television credits include; ‘The Keeper’ (Marcus H. Rosenmüller), ’A Hologram for the King’ (Tom Tykwer), ‘Die dunkle Seite des Mondes’ (Stephan Rick), ’Die Frau, die sich traut’ (Marc Rensing), ‘Passion’ (Brian De Palma), ‘The Physician’ (Philipp Stölzl), ‘The Power’ (Paul Hills), ‘Weak Heart Drop’ and ‘Tom Atkins Blues’ (Alex Ross), ‘Person To Person’ (Wim Wenders), ‘Fay Grim’ (Hal Hartley), ‘V For Vendetta’ (James McTeigue), Der Verleger’ (Bernd Böhlich), ’Tatort: Der tote Chinese’ and Grimme prize winner ‘Paul Is Dead’ (Hendrik Handloegten).
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Ian has been working in voice-over for over twenty years and is an established native English voice in Berlin and Germany. He has a wealth of experience in advertising, image/corporate film and documentary narration, as well as character work for drama and animation, and voice directing. With a deep, warm, versatile and confident voice, commanding and friendly, convincing, powerful, plausible and effective, he is very popular with corporate and commercial as well as documentary and character work.
International, European, US and UK television, radio and internet commercial campaigns include Lufthansa, Deutsche Bank, Volkswagen, Schwarzkopf, Hyundai, Goodyear, Credit Suisse, BMW, Panasonic, Opel, Toyota, Braun, Seven Seas, Deichmann and Zurich Financial.
Ian has recorded numerous audio guides including: Berlin’s Bode Museum, Pergamon Museum, Altes Museum, Neue Nationalgalerie, Jewish Museum and Hamburger Bahnhof, Munich’s Pinakothek and Hamburger Kunsthalle. Works include: New York Metropolitan Museum of Art’s exhibition of 19th Century masterpieces ‘Die schönsten Franzosen kommen aus New York’, ‘Melancholy. Genius and Insanity in Art’, and New York’s MOMA exhibition. Permanent exhibitions include Charlottenburg Palace, the Berlin Holocaust Memorial, Museum Berggrün, Berlin-Hohenschönhausen Memorial, and the Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen. Ian has also narrated many documentary films including projects for ZDF, ARD, ARTE and Deutsche Welle.