Jon Ivay

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Jon Ivay (born 1966) is an English writer, director, actor, and producer.


Jon rides a motorcycle whilst on the set of Freebird (film) . JonIvayonMotorcycle.jpg
Jon rides a motorcycle whilst on the set of Freebird (film) .

Early years

Ivay was born on the Isle of Portland, Dorset, England, and grew up near the town of Blandford Forum. He studied at the Oxford School of Drama and the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art in London.

Isle of Portland tied island in Dorset, England, UK

The Isle of Portland is a limestone tied island, 4 miles (6 km) long by 1.7 miles (2.7 km) wide, in the English Channel. Portland is 5 miles (8 km) south of the resort of Weymouth, forming the southernmost point of the county of Dorset, England. A barrier beach called Chesil Beach joins it to the mainland. The A354 road passes down the Portland end of the beach and then over the Fleet Lagoon by bridge to the mainland. Portland and Weymouth together form the borough of Weymouth and Portland. The population of Portland is 12,400.

Dorset County of England

Dorset is a county in South West England on the English Channel coast. The ceremonial county comprises the unitary authority areas of Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole and Dorset. Covering an area of 2,653 square kilometres (1,024 sq mi), Dorset borders Devon to the west, Somerset to the north-west, Wiltshire to the north-east, and Hampshire to the east. The county town is Dorchester which is in the south. After the reorganisation of local government in 1974 the county's border was extended eastward to incorporate the Hampshire towns of Bournemouth and Christchurch. Around half of the population lives in the South East Dorset conurbation, while the rest of the county is largely rural with a low population density.

England Country in north-west Europe, part of the United Kingdom

England is a country that is part of the United Kingdom. It shares land borders with Wales to the west and Scotland to the north-northwest. The Irish Sea lies west of England and the Celtic Sea lies to the southwest. England is separated from continental Europe by the North Sea to the east and the English Channel to the south. The country covers five-eighths of the island of Great Britain, which lies in the North Atlantic, and includes over 100 smaller islands, such as the Isles of Scilly and the Isle of Wight.


Early in his career, Ivay formed a theatrical production company (ITF Productions Ltd) with two friends. Over a nine-year period they produced over thirty-five national touring productions working with some of Britain's best known theatres and promising directors. Whilst with ITF, he wrote the stage plays Inside the Firm (Edinburgh Festival and the Queens theatre Hornchurch) which told the story of Tony Lambrianou's involvement with the Kray Twins and Freebird (Bristol Old Vic, Cockpit London, Pleasance - Edinburgh Festival and tour) a motorcycle based comedy. [1]

Anthony "Tony" Thomas Lambrianou was an English criminal known for his association with the Kray Twins. He was born to a Greek Cypriot father and English mother from Consett.

<i>Freebird</i> (film) 2008 film by Jon Ivay

Freebird is a 2008 British comedy film directed by Jon Ivay and starring Gary Stretch, Geoff Bell, Phil Daniels and Peter Bowles.

After leaving ITF, Ivay adapted and directed the screen version of Freebird. Working with the producers and production team from the British movies Layer Cake and Kick-Ass. Freebird was shot in London, Hay-on- Wye, Brecon Wales and Los Angeles. The film starred Phil Daniels, Gary Stretch and Geoff Bell. Supporting cast included Peter Bowles, Arthur Brown (The Crazy World of Arthur Brown), Laila Rouass and Caroline Hunnisett. The film was released in cinemas across the UK in spring 2008. The film's London premiere was at the Empire, Leicester Square. Freebird's American premiere was at the Sunset 5 Movie Theater on Sunset Boulevard Los Angeles on 27 October 2008.

<i>Layer Cake</i> (film) 2004 film by Matthew Vaughn

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<i>Kick-Ass</i> (film) 2010 film by Matthew Vaughn

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Philip William Daniels is an English actor, most noted for film and television roles as Londoners such as the lead role of Jimmy Cooper in Quadrophenia, Richards in Scum, Stewart in The Class of Miss MacMichael, Danny in Breaking Glass, Mark in Meantime, Billy Kid in Billy the Kid and the Green Baize Vampire, Kevin Wicks in EastEnders, DCS Frank Patterson in New Tricks, and Grandad Trotter in the Only Fools and Horses prequel Rock & Chips. He is also known for featuring on Blur's 1994 hit single "Parklife".

The film was an entry at the 2009 Academy Awards. In 2009 Freebird was screened at the Berlin and Cannes film festivals. The film was re-released on DVD in 2011 by Anchor Bay Entertainment as a Triple Bill along with Withnail and I and The Long Good Friday under the heading - The Brit Collection. The original soundtrack for the film was produced by Youth who also produced Urban Hymns by The Verve amongst many other notable British and world artists including Embrace, The Prodigy, Paul McCartney, Primal Scream, JAMES and The Cult. The soundtrack from the film was released in Spring 2010.

<i>Withnail and I</i> 1987 British comedy film directed by Bruce Robinson

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<i>Urban Hymns</i> 1997 studio album by The Verve

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Ivay's latest project 'Delorean' tells the story of John Deloreans struggle to build the DeLorean DMC-12 Sports car in Belfast between 1978 and 1982. The play premiered at the Assembly rooms as part of the 2017 Edinburgh Festival Fringe. It gained five-star ratings from British Theatre Guide and the Edinburgh Reporter; and four-star ratings from the Daily/Sunday Mail, Daily Record and Pocketsize Theatre. The Telegraph rated it as one of the ten best shows at that year's festival. A further production is being planned as a National Tour.

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As an actor, he has appeared many times on stage. His film and television credits include The Gigolos, Telstar and Freebird, BBC Drama Spooks, The Bill, The Vet and The 10 Percenters.

<i>The Gigolos</i> 2005 film by Richard Bracewell

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Personal life

Ivay is married to the actress Caroline Hunnisett. The couple have a daughter Tawney and a son Ned.

Other work

Ivay is the Creative Director of a project to build a theatre in his home town of Blandford Forum. The project is called The Fording Point.







Associate producer and management

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  1. The Herald 19 August 2000
  2. McLean-Williams Agency for Actors - Jon's Resume Archived 2011-07-14 at the Wayback Machine .
  3. McLean-Williams Agency for Actors - Jon's Resume Archived 2011-07-14 at the Wayback Machine .
  4. Plays and Players - Page 21 2000 "FREEBIRD The Cockpit Theatre I had heard very good reports of Freebird when it was presented by ITF Productions. ... this play about three motorbike couriers who ..."
  5. Theatre Record - Volume 19 Page 1385 1999 FREEBIRD TRISTAN BATES THEATRE 19 October- 6 November 1999 "... this affable comedy - three motorbikes dominate the stage and the soundtrack's stacked up with Lynyrd (Skynyrd, that is, ..."