Ian began his acting career when he was eleven years old after reading an advert for film auditions at his local school. He worked steadily as a youngster but then, in his late teens, he decided to stop acting and find a job in "the real world", as he put it. After a while, Ian returned to the film industry and learned a trade in lighting - but the acting bug never left him.
Over the course of his ten year career, Ian has appeared in over a hundred films and television series. In 1999, he won a Best Acting Gemini Award for his starring role in the Canadian mini-series, Hard Time: The David Milgaard Story
. He has also starred as Mike Leary in the CBC hit series Da Vinci's Inquest
, making his debut as a director on that show, as well. Recently he has been Guest Starring as Adam Worth (Jekyll and Hyde) on Sanctuary