Ian McElhinney

Ian McElhinney

1948 (age 6768)

Belfast, Northern Ireland

Occupation Actor, director
Years active 1981–present
Spouse(s) Marie Jones

Ian McElhinney (born 1948) is a Northern Irish actor and director. He has appeared in many television series in a career spanning more than thirty years; notable appearances include Taggart, Hornblower, Cold Feet and The Tudors. In recent times his best known roles are as Barristan Selmy in Game of Thrones,[1] and as Morgan Monroe in The Fall.

Personal life

He is married to playwright/actress Marie Jones; the couple started their own company, Rathmore Productions Ltd.


Year Film Role Notes
1981 Cowboys television film
1982 BBC2 Playhouse Mousey Episode "Potatohead Blues"
Angel Groom
1984 After You've Gone television film
Brond Unknown television series
Anne Devlin Maj Sirr
1985 Acceptable Levels Andy
Lamb Maguire
1986 The End of the World Man Architecht
Screen Two Damien/ Inspector McBride Episodes "Shergar"/ "Naming the Names"
1987 The Rockingham Shoot John Reilly television film
Lapsed Catholics Derek O'Gorman television film
First Sight Joe Episode "The Last of a Dyin' Race"
A Prayer for the Dying Lodger
1988 Wipe Out Max Raines TV mini-series (Episodes 1–5)
1989 Reefer and the Model Reefer
1990 The Grasscutter Brian Devlin
Shoot to Kill Assistant Chief Constable Trevor Forbes television film
Hidden Agenda Jack Cunningham
Fools of Fortune Stranger
4 Play Eddie/ McQuire Episodes "Valentine Falls"/ "In the Border Country"
1991 You, Me & Marley Reggie Devine
1992 The Playboys Joe Cassidy
The Bill Mickey Felcher Episode Trial and Error
Screenplay Reggie Devine Episode "You, Me & Marley"
1993 Spender Flynn Episode "Bad Company"
Lovejoy Cieran Stow Episode "Ducking and Diving"
Circle of Deceit Father Fergel television film
Between the Lines Chief Supt. Trevor Dunne Episode "The Great Detective"
A Woman's Guide to Adultery Martin Unknown episodes
Taggart Archie Rae / Sean O'Donnell Episodes "Death Without Dishonour"/ "Cause and Effect"
1994 Blind Justice Father Malone
1995 Beyond Reason Smythe QC television film
Hearts and Minds Alex Unknown episodes
Life After Life Working out governor television film
The Pan Loaf Short
1996 The Boy from Mercury Brother Dowdall
Small Faces Uncle Andrew
Michael Collins Belfast Detective
Hamlet Barnardo shakespearean
1997 Silicone Valerie Short
Wokenwell Sgt. Duncan Bonney
This Is the Sea Da Stokes
The Boxer Reggie Bell
1998 Divorcing Jack Alfie Stewart
Touch and Go Clive Bevan television film
Hornblower Capt. Hammond Episode "The Examination for Lieutenant"
Maisie Raine C.S. Jack Freeman
1999 Durango Vestor McCarthy television film
A Love Divided Reverend Hamilton
Queer as Folk Clive Jones Episodes "Episode #1.6" and "Episode #2.1"
2000 Queer as Folk 2 Clive Jones television film
Borstal Boy Verreker
The King's Wake Aherne (voice)
In Defence DCS David Dillne Episode "No. 1.3"
2001 Hornblower Capt. Hammond Episodes "Mutiny" and "Retribution"
Mapmaker Inspector Devlin
2002 No Tears Padraig McFadden TV mini-series
2003 Murphy's Law Fulton Episode "Manic Munday"
Hornblower Capt. Hammond Episode "Loyalty"
Holby City Brian Chapman Episode "For Better, for Worse"
Cold Feet Bill Williams Season 5
Doctors Howard Brackley Episode "Faking the Dead"
The Clinic Joseph McGarry Episodes "1.2", "1.3", "1.4", "1.7" and "1.8"
2004 Omagh Stanley McCombe television film
2005 Pure Mule Harry Kilroy Episode "Kevin's Weekend"
2006 The Front Line Mikey
2007 Rough Diamond Tim Regan Episodes "1.2" and "1.6"
The Tudors Pope Clement VII Episode "Message to the Emperor"
Casualty Robert Finch Episode "Communion"
Closing the Ring Cathal Thomas
Single-Handed Ex-Garda Sergeant Gerry Driscoll Episodes "Home Part 1 & 2" and "Stolen Child Part 1 & 2"
2008 Fairy Tales Vice-Chancellor Ralph Graham Episodes "Cinderella"
Clay Father O'Mahoney television film
Of Best Intentions Thomas Midgely Short
Last Man Hanging Narrator television film
City of Ember Builder
Little Dorrit Mr. Clennam Episodes "1.1" and "1.13"
2009 A Shine of Rainbows Father Doyle
Swansong: Story of Occi Byrne Skip
Triage Ivan
Scapegoat H. A. McVeigh QC television film
2010 New Tricks Fintan MacEntee Episode "Coming Out Ball"
An Old Fashioned Christmas Sean Bassett television film
Leap Year Priest
2011 Bittersweet Father Short video
Brendan Smyth: Betrayal of Trust Abbot Smith television film
The Sea Alfred Blunden Based on The Sea
Game of Thrones Ser Barristan Selmy 25 episodes
2012–2014 Ripper Street Theodore P. Swift 3 episodes
2013-2014 The Fall Morgan Monroe 4 episodes (main cast)
Episode: "These Troublesome Disguise" (guest star)
2014 Quirke Bill Latimer Episode "Elegy For April"
2015 A Patch of Fog
2017 Redwater
2017 Zoo Filming


Date Title Role Author Director Station
24 April 2012 The Biggest Issues[2] Clive Watson Annie McCartney Eoin O'Callaghan BBC Radio 4 Afternoon Drama

Web series

Year Show Role Notes
2016 Game Grumps Himself 1 episode


External links

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