Ian Baldwin has a first class honours degree in Performance Art and Media from The University of Gloucestershire and has been performing in some form or other for the past twenty five years. Currently, he is a horn player with 'The Joliet Blues Band', playing some of Britain’s largest festivals as well as a part-time bassist (amongst other things) for 'Frankenstein's Lobster' (The World’s first ukulele rock band). He has also written original music to a number of plays and musicals. Most recently he has appeared as Wackford Squeers in an adaptation of 'Nicholas Nickleby', and is a regular voice artist for InEar Entertainment’s horror based audio books as well as appearing as Mr Bradshaw in their podcast sitcom – 'Supermarket Matters'. He was also part of the Chorus in the Cheltenham production of 'Alchemy', where he also understudied the role of Milosh. This, in between improvising as part of the Offstage Theatre Company’s 'Off The Cuff' show and teaching adults the art of improvised comedy, as well as shouting ‘Great Scott!’ as Dr Watson in a series of Sherlock Holmes spoofs for BBC radio has kept him pretty busy over the last couple of years.
Last February he finished writing the second in a series of children’s books and has a short story being published later in the year. In August 2014 he directed and performed in the Off-West End production of 'Alchemy' at the London Jermyn Street Theatre. Directing 'Alchemy' was not be the first time that Ian was part of a London show having been lucky enough to appear on the Olivier stage at the National Theatre not only once, but twice in new plays as part of the BT National Connections initiative in the mid-nineties. Although not his directorial debut, 'Alchemy' is certainly the most high profile show that he has undertaken in this role and he has greatly enjoyed the challenge! In 2017 Ian directed the stage premiere of Clive Nolan's third musical 'King's Ransom', in which he also plays the part of Fergus Maunder.