Film, TV and Theatre
Ian McElhinney was born outside Lisburn in 1948. He studied at Edinburgh University and Brandeis University in Boston.
He is an actor and director, best known on screen for the films City of Ember (2008), Leap Year (2010) and Game of Thrones (2011). More recently he has appeared in the acclaimed BBC series The Fall (2013/2014). On stage he has acted in Seamus Heaney’s The Cure at Troy for Field Day Theatre Company, in Beckett’s Waiting for Godot as well as writing and directing plays which have been performed across the globe.
In a career spanning 30 years, he has appeared in a wide range of productions related to the Troubles, or featuring them as a backdrop to the drama. These have included: “Angel (1982), Lamb (1985), A Prayer for the Dying (1987), The Grasscutter (1990), The Boxer (1997) and Omagh (2004).
He was nominated for Broadway’s 2001 Tony Award as Best Director (Play) for Marie Jone’s production of “Stones in His Pockets.”