Pendle drama teacher praised by ‘rising star’ actor Lee Ingleby

Lee Ingleby (S)
Lee Ingleby (S)

LEE Ingleby – described in this week’s Sunday Mirror’s Celebs on Sunday magazine as a rising star – has praised the inspiration he was given by the late Pendle drama teacher Mr Brian Wellock.

Lee (35) was brought up in Brierfield, and attended Edge End High School, where he was taught by Mr Wellock, who inspired lots of his students to become professional actors.

Lee, who has a lead role in BBC’s detective series “George Gently”, has also appeared on TV with another Edge End student who was taught by Mr Wellock – John Simm.

Lee was the focus of Celebs on Sunday’s Rising Star feature at the weekend, and in that, he spoke about John.

He said: “We were in Life on Mars together. John is a nice fella. He went to the same school as me, and we had the same drama teacher, Mr Brian Wellock, who was instrumental in me taking up acting, and I think John would say the same.”

Mr Wellock died aged 63 in 2006.

Lee - who performed with Pendle Hippodrome Youth Theatre and others - has appeared in lots of films, including Master and Commander with Russell Crowe. And Lee said: “He played the captain and really kept the spirits of the whole crew up even after filming.

“He took us all down to San Diego and we had a bit of a party and shindig. Then another time, he organised a rugby match, but we had to be careful we didn’t break any legs.”

When he appears in George Gently with Martin Shaw, Lee plays Det Sgt Bacchus. He said: “The nice thing about this job is the relationship between Gently and my character Bacchus. Martin is great to work with. We have a laugh, and I’ve learnt a lot from him.”

In the magazine feature, it says Lee has just made a film with Sienna Miller, and he has been dubbed “the British Ed Norton”. The piece also refers to Lee’s girlfriend, actress MyAnna Buring. And there were stories about Lee’s spiralling TV and film career.