Ivan Kaye

Ivan Kaye

actor, producer, director

Ivan Kaye was born on Jul 01, 1961 in UK. Ivan Kaye's big-screen debut came with Cold Comfort Farm directed by John Schlesinger in 1995, strarring Reuben Starkadder. Ivan Kaye is known for Acter directed by Ivan Kaye, Ivan Kaye stars as Ivan Kaye - Actor and as . The upcoming new tvshow Ivan Kaye plays is Wedding Season - Season 1 which will be released on Sep 08, 2022.

Ivan Kaye is internationally best known for his role as King Aelle in Vikings (2013). In 2022 he has taken a leading role in the Irish comedy movie Apocalypse Clown. Notable recent work also includes StudioCanal's action film Bloody Milkshake (2021) and the upcoming Disney+ series Wedding Season (2022).A remarkably versatile actor, Ivan Kaye already had a successful stage career in London's West End in dramatic and musical theatre before starting his work in television and film in his early thirties.Born on 1st July 1961 in Northampton, Ivan Kaye recreated TV adverts at the age of two years and performed TV shows with his friends throughout his childhood. After a key experience at age eight, he joined a youth theatre group and took over organizational responsibility in his early teens. His parents were social workers who insisted that he should earn a university degree to give him additional options if his plans for an acting career didn't develop as anticipated, but during his academic education, he used every opportunity to perform in plays.Hence Ivan Kaye managed to beat the odds and succeeded as a professional actor without a privileged background, any connections to influential players in the entertainment industry or even formal education at drama school.Starting with theatre and musical performances, he made his stage debut at Sadlers Wells in 1980 in 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' as Willie Wonka, appearing throughout the 1980s with the National Theatre in 'The Changeling', 'Ghetto' and 'The Magic Olympic Games', as well as West End performances in 'The Rocky Horror Show' at the Piccadilly Theatre as Eddie and Dr Scott, 'Serious Money' at Wyndhams and 'A View From the Bridge' at Bristol Old Vic, transferring to the Strand. His most recent theatre appearance was in the role of Tom Kettle in Jez Butterworth's critically acclaimed West End play 'The Ferryman' in 2017/2018 before its transfer to Broadway.In 1992 he already had his own TV show at the age of thirty: He played the leading role in the name part of detective drama Sam Saturday (1992) and has since been seen as Reuben Starkadder in La ferme du mauvais sort (1995), a duplicitous spouse in Les condamnées (1999), an initially questionable doctor in EastEnders (1985) and dim farm-hand Bryan in sitcom The Green Green Grass (2005).More recently, he has appeared in less than sympathetic mode in productions that have reached an international audience and been dubbed into several languages like Assassination Games (2011) as well as period pieces The Borgias (2011) and Vikings (2013) (on his Twitter page he describes himself as "Villain for Hire"), but also in more lovable parts in crime drama shows like The Coroner (2015) and Sister Boniface Mysteries (2022) and in the mini-series The Woman in White (2018).Since 2018 he has also put more focus on feature films for the big screen in several genres (comedy, action and period drama) and once again proven his passion for acting by starring in several comedy short films.Being a household name at home and having co-starred with Hollywood actors in multiple films, Ivan Kaye's larger-than-life on-screen version of King Aelle of Northumbria in Vikings (2013) has finally earned him worldwide fame. His career has received another boost from 2017 onward when he first made a prestigious theatre comeback in 2017-18 and then joined several international film and series projects in 2018-2021 (e.g. Amazon's series pilot for an adaptation of Stephen King's The Dark Tower (2020), the female-led action thriller Bloody Milkshake (2021) and Disney+ series Wedding Season (2022)). In 2022 he has returned to leading parts with a role in the Irish comedy feature Apocalypse Clown.Due to his enormous versatility, Ivan Kaye has been featured in a wide array of roles encompassing lead and main parts as well as antagonists, outright villains, and comical characters. Another one of his "superpowers" as an actor is to turn even with underwritten side parts into memorable characters by infusing them with a vibrancy that leaves a mark in the minds of the audience.As a founder and director of Comedy Ink Productions together with actor/writer Douglas McFerran (born May 1958) he has produced and acted as a lead in short comedic offerings such as the mini-series Brilliant! (2007) and short film Sherlock Holmes Confidential (2013).Ivan Kaye has a reputation of being especially kind and appreciative towards his fans on social media and in person. He is a supporter of the Hounslow Urban Farm (where 'Green Green Grass' was partially filmed) and, with several other actors, the Justice for Andrew campaign, seeking justice for the murder of a young Liverpudlian. Ivan Kaye has two grown-up daughters and lives in London.

  • Birthday

    Jul 01, 1961
  • Place of Birth

    Northampton, Northamptonshire, England, UK
  • Also known

    Ivan Kay

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