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IAN McSHANE (Blackbeard) earned the coveted Golden Globe® Award for Best Actor in a Television Drama for his versatile performance as Al Swearengen on HBO's hit series "Deadwood.” His charismatic and alluring performance also led him to a 2005 Emmy and SAG nomination for Lead Actor, as well as being voted by People magazine in 2005 as "TV's Sexiest Villain.” Following a wave of critical acclaim for the first season of "Deadwood,” which also included receiving the Television Critics Association's annual award for Individual Achievement in Drama, McShane was named as one of GQ's "Men of the Year.”

McShane most recently starred as Waleran Bigod in "The Pillars of the Earth,” based on Ken Follett's best-selling novel. The eight- hour epic television event aired on Starz. In 2009, McShane starred in the motion picture "44 Inch Chest,” a drama created by the same team as "Sexy Beast,” co-starring Ray Winstone, who executive-produced along with McShane. In early 2009, he voiced the role of Mr. Bobinsky in Laika Entertainment's first animated feature, "Coraline,” an adaptation of Neil Gaiman's international best-selling book, directed by Henry Selick. He also appeared as a detective opposite Renee Zellweger in Paramount's "Case 39.”

In the past several years, McShane's unique voice could be heard in two DreamWorks releases, first as Captain Hook in "Shrek the Third” as well as the voice of the villainous snow leopard Tai Lung in "Kung Fu Panda.” In 2007, McShane was in "Hot Rod,” a comedy directed by "Saturday Night Live”'s Akiva Schaffer, and also voiced the role of Ragnar Sturlusson in "The Golden Compass,” directed by Chris Weitz. In 2006, McShane was seen in Woody Allen's film "Scoop” alongside Scarlett Johansson and Hugh Jackson; that same year, he starred opposite Matthew McConaughey in the Warner Bros. true-life drama "We Are Marshall,” directed by McG.

Having starred in more than 30 films, including the independent film "Nine Lives,” written and directed by Rodrigo Garcia, it was McShane's film debut in 1962's "The Wild and the Willing” that lead to other leading roles in "Battle of Britain,” "If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium,” "The Last of Sheila,” "Villain” (co-starring Richard Burton), "Exposed” and "Agent Cody Banks.” In the critically acclaimed "Sexy Beast,” McShane gave another riveting performance by transforming himself into the dark, sinister and very handsome character Teddy Bass.

McShane has enjoyed a long and creatively diverse career in both British and American television, including a role in David Wolper's seminal 1970s miniseries "Roots,” as well as BBC and BBC America's "Trust,” playing the megalomaniacal head of the firm Alan Cooper-Fozzard. Starring turns in "Whose Life Is It Anyway?” for Granada TV, the role of Heathcliff in "Wuthering Heights” for the BBC, Harold Pinter's Emmy Award-winning "The Caretaker” and NBC's drama "Kings” are among his other television highlights. McShane has also stepped into roles as well-known figures, taking on such parts as Judas in NBC's "Jesus of Nazareth,” directed by Franco Zeffirelli, Prince Rainier in the network's "The Grace Kelly Story” and the title role in Masterpiece Theatre's "Disraeli.” Additional miniseries credits include "Charlie and the Kid,” "A.D.,” "The Great Escape II,” "Marco Polo,” "Evergreen” and "War and Remembrance.”

In the late 1980s, the actor formed McShane Productions, which produced the much-adored "Lovejoy” for the BBC and A&E. "Lovejoy” gave McShane a vehicle to star in as well as produce and direct. He followed his lovable rogue character by producing and starring in the darker and more serious lead role in "Madson” and the comedy-drama "Soul Survivors” for BBC. "Lovejoy” is currently enjoying a revival with audiences worldwide.

In 2000, McShane returned to the West End in London to make his musical debut starring in Cameron Mackintosh's successful musical "The Witches of Eastwick” as Darryl Van Horne. His varied stage career has included such roles as Hal in the original cast of "Loot,” the title role of "The Admirable Crichton” at the Chichester Festival, Tom in "The Glass Menagerie,” and Charlie in "The Big Knife.” He co-starred with Judi Dench and Ian McKellen in "Promise,” which successfully played London and debuted on Broadway. In Los Angeles, he starred in three productions at the Matrix Theatre, including the world premiere of Larry Atlas' "Yield of the Long Bond” and two others for which he received the Los Angeles Drama Critics' Circle Award, "Inadmissible Evidence” and "Betrayal.” In 2008, McShane starred in a revival of Harold Pinter's "The Homecoming,” the 40th anniversary of the play and McShane's Broadway debut.

Born in Blackburn, England, McShane is the son of professional soccer player Harry McShane, who played for Manchester United, and Irene McShane. He attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. McShane and his wife, Gwen Humble, reside in Venice Beach, Calif.


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