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Ian Kelsey (born 17 December 1966) is an English actor. He is best known for his roles as Dave Glover in ITV Soap Emmerdale, Matt Brewer in Down to Earth, Patrick Spiller in BBC Continuing Drama Casualty and Howard Bellamy in daytime soap opera Doctors, and for his 6-year-long role as Detective Inspector Richard Mayne in the TV crime series Blue Murder alongside Caroline Quentin. He also played Vinny Ashford in ITV's Coronation Street in 2016 and 2017.

Ian Kelsey
Born (1966-12-17) 17 December 1966 (age 52)
Years active1993–present
Known forEmmerdale (1994–1996)
Casualty (1999–2002)
Blue Murder (2003–2009)
Down to Earth (2003–2004)
Where the Heart Is (2006)
Doctors (2012–2015)
Coronation Street (2016–2017)
Spouse(s)Catherine Rankin


Early lifeEdit

Kelsey started his working life as an apprentice coach builder at York railway carriage works.

Kelsey trained at the Joseph Rowntree Theatre, York and graduated at the Guildford School of Acting.


His first credited role was Narmco Clerk in the 1993 television mini-series Wild Justice. Since then, he has gone on to play Dave Glover in Emmerdale and had a cameo role in BBC TV comedy series Men Behaving Badly.

He joined BBC One medical drama Casualty in 1999, in a three-year stint as Dr. Patrick Spiller. During this period he also appeared in BBC1 drama Down to Earth as Matt Brewer (series 3-4) during 2003 and 2004. Kelsey has appeared in Touching Evil, Liam Taylor in Murder in Mind, and appearing in a major role for six years as DI Richard Mayne in crime drama Blue Murder. After leaving Casualty in 2006, Kelsey had acting roles in the BBC1 late-night drama Hotel Babylon and then in the ITV1 Sunday evening drama Where the Heart Is, playing Jack Clayton. This was his second role in the show as in 2005 he played a different character, Adam Miller. In late 2006 he appeared on stage in the London West End theatre production of Chicago. In 2008, he appeared on the BBC film Dustbin Baby.

On 3 September 2010 he guest starred in the BBC soap opera Doctors. Kelsey was also in Black Beauty as Joe Green (older). On 9 December 2009 Kelsey appeared on magazine show This Morning, talking to presenters Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby about his upcoming stint in long-running ITV1 police drama The Bill. On 7 May 2012 it was announced that Kelsey would be joining Doctors as new practice manager Howard Bellamy, replacing departing long-running character Julia Parsons. He made his first appearance on 28 May 2012.[1] Kelsey left medical drama on screen on 22 October 2015, to join Patrick Robinson in the UK touring stage production tour of The Shawshank Redemption.[2]

Kelsey joined Coronation Street in August 2016 playing the part of Vinny, an acquaintance of bad boy Pat Phelan.

Stage careerEdit

Year Role Show Location Notes
2015 The Shawshank Redemption Andy Dufrene National Tour Touring from July 2015 until End of November 2015
2016 Legally Blonde Prof Callahan Curve, Leicester


Year Film Role Notes
1993 Covert Assassin Narmco Clerk TV movie
1994–1996 Emmerdale Dave Glover Regular Role
1994 Black Beauty Joe Green (Older)
1998 Men Behaving Badly Karaoke Man TV series (1 episode: "Performance")
1999–2002 Casualty Patrick Spiller Regular Role
1999 Touching Evil Carl Laing TV series (1 episode: "Innocent: Part 2")
2001 Murder in Mind Liam Taylor TV series (1 episode: "Vigilante")
Holby City Patrick Spiller TV series (1 episode: "It's a Family Affair")
2003–2004 Down to Earth Matt
2003–2009 Blue Murder DI Richard Mayne Regular Role
2005 Angel of Death: The Beverly Allitt Story TV movie
Where the Heart Is Jack Clayton TV series (2005–06)
2008 Dustbin Baby Daniel Johnson TV movie
2009 The Bill Brendan Newlyn TV series (1 episode: "Twist of Fate")
The Weakest Link Billy Flynn TV series (1 episode: "West End Theatre Special")
2010 Doctors Alex Wakefield TV series (1 episode: "Hanging On")
2012–2015 Doctors Howard Bellamy Regular role
2016-2017 Coronation Street Vinny Ashford Recurring Role; 33 episodes
2018 Lovesick James Hamilton 1 episode


  1. ^ "'Doctors': Ian Kelsey cast as new practice manager". Digital Spy. Hearst Corporation. 7 May 2012. Retrieved 7 May 2012.
  2. ^ "'Doctors': Ian Kelsey cast in The Shawshank Redemption". London Theatre 1. 22 July 2015. Retrieved 22 July 2015.

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