Lee Ingleby

Lee Ingleby
Born (1976-01-28) 28 January 1976
Burnley, Lancashire, England
Occupation Actor
Years active 1997–present

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

He is perhaps best 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. He has also appeared as Sean O'Neill in Jimmy McGovern's The Street, and in a recurring role in the second series of Early Doors as Mel's boyfriend, Dean.

Another prominent role was his part in the 2003 film Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, where he played a nervous Midshipman Hollom. In addition, he played a part in the final episode of series 1 of Life on Mars, playing Sam Tyler's father Vic, and made an appearance in Spaced in 2001. 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 2015 Ingleby played Bob in the new computer-generated series of 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 appeared in the role of Paul Hughes, father of autistic child Joe, in BBC drama series The A Word.[6]



Year Title Role
1998 Ever After Gustave
2000 Borstal Boy Dale
2001 Cracks in the Ceiling Lad
2001 The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby Smike
2003 Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World Midshipman Hollom
2004 Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban Stan Shunpike
2004 Haven Patrick
2005 The Headsman Bernhard
2006 The Wind in the Willows Mole
2007 The Last Legion Germanus
2008 Post-It Love Boy
2009 Doghouse Matt


Year Title Role Notes
1997 Soldier Soldier Kevin Fitzpatrick
1998 Killer Net Gordon
1998 In the Red Paul
1998 The Bill Ian Episode: "Puzzled"
1998 Cadfael Waiter
1999 Junk Rob
1999 The Dark Room Bobby Franklyn
1999 Dalziel and Pascoe Kieron Cumming Episode: "The British Grenadier"
2000 Jonathan Creek Derek Spratley Episode: "The Three Gamblers"
2000 Nature Boy David
2001 Spaced Romford Thug Leader Episode: "Gone"
2002 Impact Peter Stamford
2002 Clocking Off Steven Dugdale
2002 Fat Friends Craig Episode: "Sweet and Flour"
2004 No Angels Nurse Carl Jenkins
2004 Blue Murder Roger Boersma Episode: "Up in Smoke"
2004 Early Doors Dean
2005 Hustle Trevor Speed Episode: "The Lesson"
2005 Coming Up Gabriel Episode "Karma Cowboys"
2006 Life on Mars Vic Tyler
2006 The Street Sean O'Neill
2007–present Inspector George Gently Detective Sergeant John Bacchus
2007 The Worst Journey in the World Birdie Bowers Docudrama
2008 Fairy Tales Jimmy Stojkovic Episode: "Rapunzel"
2008 Place of Execution DI George Bennett
2008 Agatha Christie's Marple Colin Hards Episode: "Nemesis"
2008 Crooked House Ben
2011 Being Human Edgar Wyndam
2011 Luther Cameron Pell
2012 White Heat Alan
2012 Sinbad Riff
2014 Quirke Leslie White
2014 Our Zoo George Mottershead
2015 Bob the Builder Bob the Builder
2016 The A Word Paul Hughes
2016 The Five Slade



  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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