Ian Bannen

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Ian Bannen Pencil Portrait
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Ian Bannen died nearly twenty years ago in a tragic accident, his body being found in an overturned car near Loch Ness in an area known as Knockies Straight. The veteran Scottish actor was 71. His wife, who was driving at the time, survived the crash.

It was particularly untimely, as he had just found fresh international success as the star of the quirky British hit film Waking Ned,” the story of a canny Irishman’s plan to claim a big lottery win for his village. The charming tale won success in the United States and Britain.

Probably best known from Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy,” and playing Dr Cameron in the Dr Finlay TV series, he had received a lifetime achievement award from Bafta only three years earlier. Other notable roles included the leper in the multi-Oscar nominated Braveheart,” and the role of Sir Donald Frazier in the acclaimed Channel 4 drama The Politician’s Wife.”

A committed thespian, he enjoyed the odd tipple with O’Toole and Burton before a bout of hepatitis re-directed him to a healthier lifestyle. After this period in his life, he met his future wife (eighteen years his junior) in his late 40’s and they would marry seventeen years later. There would be no children.

An excellent supporting actor, I particularly remember his performances in The Flight of the Phoenix (1965), Defence of the Realm (1985), Hope and Glory (1987), in addition to a couple of movies he made with his old friend Sean Connery, The Hill (1965) and The Offence (1972.)