HE was the cocky conductor on the Knight Bus in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and the dad of time-traveller Sam Tyler in Life On Mars.
But now Lee Ingleby is back on our screens as David Collins in ITV thriller Innocent. But who exactly is he? Here is the lowdown…
Warner Bros Lee is known to younger fans as Knight Bus conductor Stan Shunpike in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Who is Lee Ingleby?
He was born Lee David Ingleby on January 28, 1976, in Burnley, Lancashire, to Susan and Gordon.
He grew up in nearby Brierfield and was a pupil at Edge End High School.
Lee then went on to study at Accrington and Rossendale College.
It is not known if he is married as he is notoriously secretive about his private life.
RED PRODUCTION COMPANY Lee was one of the lead cast in the Sky 1 crime drama series The Five
How did Lee get into acting?
When he was at secondary school, Lee developed a passion for drama which was heavily encouraged by his drama teacher – the same one who taught actor John Simm, who Lee starred alongside in Life on Mars.
After graduating from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts, he landed small parts in TV shows such as Soldier Soldier, The Bill, Cadfael and Jonathan Creek.
Alamy He starred as the father of an autistic boy in The A Word
What was his big break?
In 2000, he was cast in his first major role in the BBC miniseries Nature Boy alongside Paul McGann before going on to play Craig in Fat Friends.
Smaller roles followed in shows including Spaced, Clocking Off, No Angels and Hustle.
In 2001 he played Smike in a TV film adaptation of The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby.
Two years later, he was cast as Hollom in the Russell Crowe movie Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World and in 2004 he landed the role of Knight Bus conductor Stan Shunpike in
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.
BBC He has joined the cast of Line of Duty for the fourth series
What else has Lee been in?
He starred as Mole in the 2006 live-action TV adaptation of The Wind in the Willows alongside Bob Hoskins, Matt Lucas and Mark Gatiss.
That same year he starred in the BBC drama series Life on Mars as Vic Tyler, father of Sam played by John Simm.
The following year he was cast alongside Martin Shaw in Inspector George Gently in which he played John Bacchus for ten years.