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  • Ian McShane

    Born on September 29, 1942 in Blackburn, Lancashire, England

awards & nominations

The Pillars of the Earth (2010)

Ian McShane as "Waleran Bigod"

Set in 12th-century England, this eight-hour miniseries based on Ken Follett's best-seller begins when a mysterious secret disrupts the succession to the English throne and an unlikely member of King Henry's family assumes power. As battles are waged for the rightful heir, Bishop Waleran Bigod and the Hamleighs manipulate the conflict to meet their own needs. Meanwhile, a fire destroys Kingsbridge church, giving master builder Tom, son Alfred and stepson Jack the chance to fulfill diocese leader Prior Philip's lifelong dream of building a magnificent new cathedral. The bishop, though, has other ideas, creating an epic test of passion versus greed ... and ultimately revealing the long-hidden secret.

Golden Globe (2011) Nominated Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television

Deadwood (2004)

Ian McShane as "Al Swearengen"

"Deadwood" is set in a mining town that was not part of any U.S. state or territory in the post-Civil War years, and thus was literally lawless. Deadwood attracts people looking to get rich after a huge gold strike, as well as those looking to capitalize on the lack of organized law in the town, built on land stolen from the Sioux.

Screen Actors Guild Awards (2006) Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series
Emmy (Primetime) (2005) Nominated Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Golden Globe (2005) Won Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama

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