Ivan Blakeley Kaye was born on 1st July 1961 and made his stage debut at Sadlers Wells in 1980 in 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory; as Willie Wonka, appearing throughout the 1980s with the National Theatre in 'The Changeling', 'Ghetto' and The Magic Olympic Games, as well as West End performances in 'The Rocky Horror Show' at the Piccadilly Theatre as Eddie and Dr Scott, 'Serious Money' at Wyndhams and 'A View From the Bridge' at Bristol Old Vic, transferring to the Strand. In 1992 he made his television leading role in the name part of detective drama 'Sam Saturday' and has since been seen as Reuben Starkadder in 'Cold Comfort Farm', a duplicitous spouse in 'Bad Girls'. an initially questionable doctor in 'East Enders' and dim farm-hand Bryan in sitcom 'Green, Green Grass' in addition to period pieces 'The Borgias' and 'Vikings' in less than sympathetic mode. (On his Twitter page he describes himself as Villain for Hire.) He is also a founder and director of Comedy Ink Productions with actor/writer Douglas McFerran (born May 1958) producing short comedic offerings such as the 'Witchcraft in Suburbia' series and is a supporter of the Hounslow Urban Farm (where 'Green Green Grass was partially filmed) and, with several other actors, the Justice for Andrew campaign, seeking justice for the murder of a young Liverpudlian. Married to Lesley and living in Oxfordshire Mr Kaye has a daughter Eve.