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Ian Puleston-Davies (born 6 September 1958) is a Welsh actor and writer. He is best known for his role as King Thistle from Ben & Holly's Little Kingdom and builder Owen Armstrong in the ITV soap opera Coronation Street from 2010 to 2015. In November 2014, ITV announced that Puleston-Davies had quit his role as Owen Armstrong in Coronation Street, and his character departed from the show on 15 April 2015.
|Television||Coronation Street (2010–2015)|
Early life and careerEdit
Born in Flint, north Wales, Puleston-Davies starred in the ITV drama Vincent alongside Ray Winstone and in Ghostboat (also for ITV) alongside David Jason. He also played the lead roles in Conviction and the BBC Three series Funland.
He has starred in long-running dramas such as Holby City, The Bill, Hollyoaks and Brookside. He has also made special appearances in Hustle, Life on Mars, Dalziel and Pascoe, Silent Witness, I'm Alan Partridge, and Cape Wrath. In 2007, he starred in the Channel 4 docudrama, Richard Is My Boyfriend.
In 2009, Puleston-Davies was chosen to play the voiceover part of King Thistle in the children's animated television series Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom.
In 2010, Puleston-Davies joined Coronation Street as cast regular, Owen Armstrong. He quit the show in November 2014, and his on-screen character departed in April 2015.
In 2005, he co-wrote the drama Dirty Filthy Love based upon his own experiences dealing with obsessive compulsive disorder. Dirty Filthy Love won a Royal Television Society Award for Best Single Drama and was nominated for the BAFTA Award for "Best Single Drama".
Puleston-Davies is the patron of Red Dot Drama, an acting workshop group that was formed by Helena Little, a friend of his from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He is also patron of the CALM Centre, a charity that provides counseling and therapeutic services to the community of Harlow and its environs. Ian has spoken at length about his personal struggles with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, making a documentary for BBC Wales in 2017; he also supports the work of the national charity OCD-UK, where he is an active patron frequently presenting at their annual conferences.
|1983||The Second Part of King Henry VI||Second Company|
|The Third Part of King Henry VI||Second Company|
|1987||Business as Usual||Young Workman|
|The Politician's Wife||Youth Programme Host|
|1997||Harpur and Iles|
|Satellite City||Don Blackmore|
|1999||The Fallen Curtain||PC Carter|
|Jack of Hearts||Derek Reid|
|Tube Tales||Typewriter Man|
|Dr Willoughby||Steve Lipton|
|1999–2000||The Bill||Alan Best|
|2000||Always and Everyone|
|Room to Rent||Linda's Husband|
|Holby City||Sam Dennish|
|2001||The Vice||George Randolph|
|The Last Minute||Bitchy Trendsetter 1|
|My Beautiful Son||Derek|
|2002||Stan the Man||Moxy|
|Helen West||Duncan Perry|
|Foyle's War||Eric Cooper|
|I'm Alan Partridge||Phil Wiley|
|2003||The Bill||Mick Glover|
|The Virgin of Liverpool||Cecil|
|2004||Wall of Silence||DI Matthews|
|Dalziel and Pascoe||Paul Pitman|
|Hustle||DCI Matthew York|
|Life on Mars||Toolbox Terry|
|2007||Silent Witness||DI Philip Mays|
|Richard Is My Boyfriend||Steve|
|The Whistleblowers||Lance Rix|
|Waking the Dead||Harold Bloom|
|Midnight Man||Jimmy Kerrigan|
|Tess of the D'Urbervilles||John Durbeyfield|
|Clash of the Santas||Beryl|
|Ben & Holly's Little Kingdom||King Thistle|
|Desperate Romantics||Mr. Siddal|
|2010||Being Human||Chief Constable Wilson|
|Waterloo Road||Charlie Fisher|
|Midsomer Murders||Terry Stock|
|Poor Wee Me||Man of the Cloth|
|2010–15||Coronation Street||Owen Armstrong|
|2013||The Caravan Trilogy||The Man|
|Pombo Loves You||Griff|
|I'm Sorry to Tell You||Dr. Burgess|
|2016||Beowulf: Return to the Shieldlands||Lagrathorn|
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- Ian Puleston-Davies joins Waterloo Road
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- "Bafta TV Awards 2005". BBC. 17 April 2005. Retrieved 22 September 2007.
- Crawford, Sue (2 April 2014). "Coronation Street star Ian Puleston-Davies: 'How fellow cast members help me control my OCD on set'". Mirror. Retrieved 1 April 2017.
- "WATCH: Flintshire actor in hilarious spoof martial arts challenge with seven-year-old". Chester Standard. 13 July 2015. Retrieved 1 April 2017.