Charleson, Ian

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Charleson, Ian Gender: M
born on 11 August 1949 at 08:20 (= 08:20 AM )
Place Leith, Scotland, 55n59, 3w10
Timezone GDT h1e (is daylight saving time)
Data source
Quoted BC/BR
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Rodden
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_leocol.18.gif 18°17' s_mo.18.gif s_piscol.18.gif 16°32 Asc.s_vircol.18.gif 14°16'

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Ian Charleson
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Scottish actor, best known for his work in the film "Chariots of Fire," 1981, which won an Academy Award for best picture.

Charleson received an M.A. in architecture from

Edinburgh University, 1970, before training at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts. He was soon being cast in leading roles, first with the Young Vic Theatre Company and then with the National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company. He proved his versatility in the skill he brought equally to Shakespearean roles and to such American characters as Sky Masterson in the musical "Guys and Dolls," 1982, Eddie in Sam Shepard's "Fool for Love," 1985, and Brick in Tennessee Williams' "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof," 1988. In "Chariots of Fire", his portrayal of the Scottish runner whose religious beliefs almost caused him to forfeit the chance to win an Olympic medal, was profoundly memorable. He also had featured roles in the films "Jubilee," 1978 and "Gandhi," 1982, along with TV productions of "Julius Caesar" and "All's Well That Ends Well." He was acclaimed for his performance as Hamlet at the National Theatre, highly touted as being the "next Laurence Olivier." Charleson was among the Royal Night of 100 Stars on 3/31/1985, a production which showcases talent that is known by royalty. Of his final performance in 1989, his colleagues and peers said it was the finest performance they had ever seen of Hamlet.

In looking back at his life, Ian is quoted as saying "I have wasted so much time. Time that was not mine to waste. And now I cry for that wasted time and pull up my soul from the dark cave in which I have kept it all this while and I say ... you are free."

His mother, Jean, said that at the last, when his friends would come by to visit him, he would be the one to cheer them up. He died from AIDS on 1/06/1990.

Link to Wikipedia biography



  • Social : End a program of study 1970 (MA degree from Edinburgh University)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1981 (Noted appearance in "Chariots of Fire")
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1988 (Appared in "Cat on a Hot Tim Roof")
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1989 (Final performances in "Hamlet")

Source Notes

Frank Clifford quotes Carolyn Gerard for B.C., British Entertainers 1997 with 7.45 am.

In 2011, an Forum member wrote that the birth certificate gave a time of 8:20 AM in the name of John Charleson. "Per the official birth certificate, his father was John Thomson Charleson, and his mother was Jane Turner Charleson.

He was born at 8:20 AM on August 11, 1949, at the Eastern General Hospital, Leith, Edinburgh, Scotland.

His parents' address at the time was 130 Restalrig Road South, in Edinburgh, in the district of Leith. The birth certificate was signed by the registrar and Ian's mother on August 22, 1949. Please note that Ian's birth name was John Charleson, with no middle name. He was named after his father, but called Ian, the Gaelic form of John, from birth (as noted on page xiv of his biography, "For Ian Charleson: A Tribute"). A copy of the birth certificate has been promised to be sent to Astrodienst.


  • Diagnoses : Major Diseases : AIDS/ HIV (Terminal)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Actor/ Actress (TV, film minor)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Live Stage (Legitimate theatre, strongest medium)