Leaving the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in 1985, having won the prestigious Bancroft Gold Medal, Iain Glen immediately rose to prominence with his acclaimed performance as a charismatic gang leader in "The Fear" for Euston Films. Followed by his multi-award-winning tour de force as imprisoned Scottish poet Larry Winters in "Silent Scream," he was set for a wide-ranging career. He continues to maintain a balance between work on stage and screen. Highlights of his film work include "Mountains Of The Moon" (Evening Standard Best Actor), "Fools Of Fortune" (Silver Bear for Best Actor at The Berlin Film Festival), "Harry Brown," "Small Engine Repair," "Tomb Raider," "Song For A Raggy Boy," "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead," "Resident Evil Apocalypse," "Keeper Of My Soul" and the short "Vagabond Shoes," which won many awards including the BAFTA for best short film.
Television highlights include "Diary Of Anne Frank," "Into The Storm" (HBO), "Kidnapped," "Glasgow Kiss," "Anchor Me," "Wives and Daughters," "Trial and Retribution II," "Death of A Salesman," and "Frankie's House." He is continuing to play the unruly private eye in the Jack Taylor crime series that is set in Galway.
During a distinguished stage career Iain has played "Hamlet," "Macbeth" and "Henry V" for the Royal Shakespeare Company. "Martin Guerre," "The Blue Room" (opposite Nicole Kidman) and "The Crucible" all earned him Olivier Nominations in London's West End. Further highlights have been "Road," "The Man Who Had All The Luck," "The Seagull," "A Streetcar Named Desire"(opposite Glen Close at The National Theatre) and "Hedda Gabler," which won the Olivier in 2005 for Best Revival.