Ian Gelder

Ian Gelder (born 3 June 1949) is an English actor. He is known for his numerous stage and screen roles, including Mr Dekker in Torchwood: Children of Earth and Kevan Lannister in Game of Thrones.


Gelder appeared in the TV movie of Rumpole of the Bailey as Rumpole's university lecturer son. He has also played many other roles on stage and screen. His stage work includes The Low Road (2013). From May to July 2014 he performed as Marcus Andronicus, brother of Titus, in Lucy Bailey's revival of her original 2006 production of Titus Andronicus at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre.

He has appeared in television programmes such as Torchwood: Children of Earth in 2009, and Game of Thrones, 2011 as Mr Dekker and Kevan Lannister respectively. After an absence of three years, Gelder reprised his role in the HBO series Game of Thrones in Season 5 and Season 6 as Kevan Lannister. Gelder guest starred in 12 episodes of Game of Thrones.

In August 2017, he starred in a BBC4 monologue entitled "Queers: I Miss the War".

In 2019, he guest-starred as Librarian Scholar Charles in the BBC TV series His Dark Materials, based on the critically acclaimed book trilogy by Philip Pullman.

In 2020, he guest-starred as Zellin in the seventh episode of the twelfth season of Doctor Who, "Can You Hear Me?".

Personal life

Gelder's partner is actor Ben Daniels. They met in 1993 while they were both involved in a production of Entertaining Mr Sloane.