Ian's father was a policeman.
Ian admits he can't afford to miss any Cricket or "Fraiser" on TV.
Height: 5' 10" (1.78 m)
His co-star in "Eastenders," Wendy Richard also appeared in a few episodes of "Dad's Army"
He has appeared in many pantomines, one being Mother Goose.
He loves cricket, golf and gardening.
In 2004 he cut down his workload after suffering a mild heart attack.
When filming began on Dad's Army, Ian was allowed to choose Frank Pike's scarf from an array in the BBC wardrobe, and chose a claret and blue one - Aston Villa's colours.
Ian supports Aston Villa Footclub.
Ian (On the strangest role he's ever played): Being fitted with an iron gate for an episode of Dad's Army, and playing a six foot tall banana in the stage show of the same.