Following a well-trodden path, Ian started his show business life with two top comedy show groups of the 70s - The Montanans and Light Fantastic - before making the break as a solo artiste.
'Sludge', as he is affectionately known in the business, was twice voted Midlands 'Comedian Of the Year' and came runner up to Tom O'Connor in the Club Mirror Awards.
Soon the small screen beckoned. Sludge became a regular member of the Tiswas cast and followed this with regular appearances on shows such as 'The Comedians', 'Summertime Special' and 'Live From Her Majesty's', to name but a few. A very funny guy.
Ian is currently in much demand both as a cabaret act and also as an accomplished after dinner speaker specialising in sporting functions, particularly his personal favourites; football and golf.