Ian McShane is a prominent actor on both sides of the Atlantic who made his feature film debut in The Wild And The Willing (1962) and went on to establish himself on television as Heathcliff in the 1967 version of Wuthering Heights, as Judas Iscariot in Jesus Of Nazareth, Sir Eric Russell in Roots, Benjamin Disraeli in Disraeli, Christopher Marlowe in Will Shakespeare, Don Lockwood in Dallas, Bert in Dirty Money and Nick Theophilus in Bare Essence. Since 1986, he has become best-known as the roguish antiques dealer in Lovejoy, a series which he also co-produced through his own company McShane Productions.
His feature film appearances include The Battle Of Britain (1968), If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium (1969), Tam Lin (1970), Villain (1971), Sitting Target (1972), Ordeal By Innocence (1985) and Con Man (1992). McShane has also made numerous television guest appearances in series such as Columbo, Perry Mason, Minder, The Fantastic Journey, Matt Helm, Magnum p.i. and Miami Vice, and starred in the mini-series War And Remembrance, Marco Polo and Evergreen. Most recently, he has starred as the title character in Madson (a series on which he also served as executive producer) and guest-starred as Dr. Robert Bryson in the Babylon 5 television movie The River Of Souls.