Rise of the Footsoldier
Ian Virgo is an American/British television and film actor who has appeared in such films as “Black Hawk Down” (2001), “Rise of the Footsoldier” (2007), “Just for the Record” (2010) and “The Estate Film” (2011). He has also acted in the television series “Crush” (2009-2010, as Alun Gethin) and “Doctors” (2010, as Louis Bevan). In addition, he received a featured role in the Steven Spielberg produced TV miniseries “Band of Brothers” (HBO, 2011). His upcoming film credits include “Monk3ys” (2011), “Mrs. Impossible” (2011), “The 4th Reich” (2011), “Sure Fire Hit: A Love to Kill” (2011), “Billy” (2011) and “The Raven” (2012).
National Youth Music Theatre
Childhood and Family:
Ian Frederick Virgo, professionally known as Ian Virgo, was born on May 5, 1981, in Glendale, California. His family moved to Caldicot, Wales, in 1987 and Ian is a citizen of the United States and Britain. He attended the National Youth Music Theatre in London and at age 17, was offered a one year intensive postgraduate course as a non graduate studying acting and singing at The Royal Academy of Music.
Ian Virgo made his television debut in the BBC television film “NCS: Manhunt” (2001), starring Jean Ainslie, Keith Barron and Ace Bhatti. He then appeared as a soldier in the ten part World War II television miniseries adaptation of Stephen E. Ambrose's book, “Band of Brothers” (HBO, 2001), starring Scott Grimes, Damian Lewis, Ron Livingston and Donnie Wahlberg, and guest starred in an episode of the medical drama “Casualty” called “Playing with Fire” (2001). Virgo later returned to “Casualty” to portray Adrian Beckwith in the episodes “Silent Ties” and “Needle” (both 2006). It was also in 2001 that Virgo made his feature film debut in “Black Hawk Down,” an American war drama adapted from the book of the same name by Mark Bowden. Co-produced and directed by Ridley Scott and starring Josh Hartnett, Eric Bana, Ewan McGregor, Tom Sizemore, and William Fichtner, the film earned primarily positive reviews from critics and won Academy Awards for Best Editing and Best Sound.
Following a brief return to the small screen in 2003, during which time Virgo made a guest appearance in the UPN sitcom “Half & Half,” the actor appeared in “Extreme Dating” (2005), which was directed by Lorena David and starred Monique Demers, Meat Loaf and Benjamin King. The next year, he appeared with Vas Blackwood, Terry Stone, Billy Murray, Simon Webbe, Jason Flemyng and Robbie Gee in the British movie “Rollin' with the Nines,” which was directed and co-written by Julian Gilbey, and was cast in the Simon Fellows directed video release “Second in Command,” starring Jean-Claude Van Damme, Julie Cox and Alan McKenna. Still in 2006, he landed guest spots in “Genie in the House” and “EastEnders.”
In 2007, Virgo was cast as Jimmy Gerenuk in the British gangster film “Rise of the Footsoldier,” which was based on a biography. It was directed and co-written by Julian Gilbey and starred Ricci Harnett, Terry Stone and Craig Fairbrass. The performance was followed by supporting roles in the British comedy “Caught in the Act” (2008), starring Juliet Aubrey, Sarah Barrand and Ralph Brown, and the British film “Clubbed” (2008), starring Mel Raido, Colin Salmon and Shaun Parkes. On the small screen, Virgo had a two episode role in the ITV series “The Bill” (2008) and guest starred in an episode of the BBC series “MI-5,” starring Peter Firth, Hugh Simon and Nicola Walker. He then appeared as Gethin in an episode of the ITV short lived drama series “Trinity” (2009). In 2009, Virgo also began his reoccurring role of Alun Gethin in the Welsh television series “Crash,” opposite Elin Phillips, Gareth Milton, Kezia Burrows, Mark Lewis Jones and Nia Roberts.
In 2010, Virgo received a role in the British daytime television soap opera “Doctors.” He appeared in several episodes of the series and originally made his first appearance on the show as Phil Morgan in 2008. Also in 2010, Virgo portrayed Hobart in the TV fantasy adventure film “Witchville,” starring Luke Goss, Ed Speleers, Andrew Pleavin, Sarah Douglas and MyAnna Buring. He was then seen as Julina in William Steel's mystery film “The Rapture,” starring Jaime Murray, Danny Dyer and Billy Murray, and Flynn Beatty in the British comedy “Just for the Record,” starring Karen Anderson, Barry Austin and Alice Barry. He also appeared in the horror film “Dead Cert” (2010), which was written and directed by Steven Lawson and starred Jason Flemyng, Danny Dyer and Dexter Fletcher.
Recently, in 2011, Virgo costarred with Raffaello Degruttola and Kacey Barnfield in the short film “Film: The Making of... ” and portrayed Ds Green in the British comedy “The Estate Film,” starring Gabriele Andrews, Tristram Anyiam and John Banks.
Virgo will costar with Tahmoh Penikett, Michael Worth and Kacey Barnfield in the American film “Jabberwocky” (2011), by director Steven R. Monroe, Jonnie Hurn and Rob Oldfield in Drew Cullingham's thriller “Monk3ys” (2011), and Alice Eve, John Cusack and Luke Evans in the thriller “The Raven,” which is set to be released in 2012. The actor will also be seen in “Mrs. Impossible” (2011, opposite Angus Macfadyen and Neil Maskell), “The 4th Reich” (2011, will portray Professor Davidson), “Sure Fire Hit: A Love to Kill” (2011, opposite Chris Noth, Sebastian Street and Jennifer Ellison) and “Billy” (2011, with Frank Harper, Lucinda Rhodes-Flaherty and Nico Mirallegro). In addition, he will star in the TV series “Safelight 19” (2012).