Who is Jack Deam (Father Brown)?
Ian ‘Jack’ Deam was born in Oldham, Lancashire, England in 1972 – his zodiac sign is said to be Pisces and he holds British nationality. He is an actor, perhaps best known for his portrayal of Marty Fisher, one of the lead characters in the comedy series “Shameless” – Jack’s character Marty is suffering from Tourette syndrome, and is a pyromaniac. The series was created by John Wells and Paul Abbott and it stars Emmy Rossum, William H. Macy and Ethan Cutkosky – it has been airing since 2011, and today counts 126 episodes.
Early life and education
Jack was raised alongside his older brother in Oldham, by their father who was a lawyer and their mother who was a housewife. Looking up to his father, Jack wanted to enroll at a college and pursue a career as a lawyer, however, he started acting not long after enrolling at a local high school, and after matriculating in 1990, he chose to focus on making his way in the film industry.
Jack’s father wasn’t very happy about his son not attending college, and it took around two years for him to accept his son’s decision.
Roles in TV series
As of mid-2020, Jack has appeared in a total of 57 movies and TV series.
He made his debut TV series appearance in 1989 when he portrayed Robert in the episode “A Small Mourning” of the drama series “Screenplay”, then appeared in a single episode of “Clarissa” in 1991, three episodes of “The Life and Times of Henry Pratt” in 1992, and the episode “Kid” of the series “Spender” in 1993.
Later that year he guest starred as Lee in the episode “Wheels” of the comedy series “Frank Stubbs”, which failed to attract much attention and was cancelled after airing 13 episodes. Two of his following roles were in “Soldier Soldier” and “Screen One” both shot in 1993. He continued to appear in episodic parts in several TV series even though he was looking to portray a supporting or a lead character for a change – some of his following roles were in the series “Lie in the Sky” in 1995, “Ellington” and “Scene” both in 1996.
His first notable performance came in the same year in the series “Hollyoaks”, in which he portrayed Spike in four episodes, but after that he went back to his old routine of appearing in only one episode of series such as “Peak Practice” in 1997, “Where the Heart Is” in 1998, and “Queer as Folk” in 1999 – by 2000 he had also appeared in “Playing the Field” and “Always and Everyone”.
The year 2001 saw Jack play his first lead character – Phil Simmonds in the romantic series “Coronation Street”, but he only starred in seven out of around 10,000 episodes which the series has now aired, however, he got to portray another lead character, Kev Leach appearing in all 27 episodes of the drama series “Clocking Off”, which aired from 2000 to 2003 and won eight awards, while it was nominated for 12 others.
The year 2004 saw him appear in a single episode of both “Dalziel and Pascoe” and “The Inspector Lynley Mysteries”, while he also portrayed the supporting character Alan Maskell in eight episodes of the series “Heartbeat”.
In the following year, Jack guest starred in two episodes of the crime series “Silent Witness”, and was then invited to appear in the mini-series “Eleventh Hour” in which he portrayed Ellis Gibson. In 2007, Jack appeared in single episodes of over six series, including “Life on Mars”, “Waterloo Road” and “The Street”, and made his debut voicing performance in 2008, when he lent his voice to a character in the video game “Fable II”.
In 2009, Jack starred as Kieran Whelan in three episodes of the mini-series “Unforgiven”, and went on to voice a character in another video game entitled “Risen”. In 2010, he appeared in the episode “Half Term” of the series “Coming Up”, and the episode “Kenny’s Story” of the series “Accused”, before he played the lead character Walter in the drama series “32 Brinkburn Street”, but which aired only five episodes. The year 2014 saw him play three characters in four episodes of the medical series “Doctors”, and some of his following roles were in four episodes of “Casualty”, the episode “Lottery Curse” of the series “New Tricks”, and all 32 episodes of the crime mystery series “DCI Banks” as the lead character DC Ken Blackstone.
Three of Jack’s most recent roles in TV series have been in the war series “World of Fire” in 2019, the two crime mystery series “Father Brown” and “Broke” both in 2020, the latter airing only six episodes before it was cancelled.
Roles in movies
Jack made his debut film appearance in 1991, when he portrayed Terry Stringer in the historical crime movie “Let Him Have It”, starring Tom Courtenay, Christopher Eccleston and Eileen Atkins, and which is about a boy who becomes a member of a criminal group.
In 1995, Jack played a PC with Trevor in the historical sport movie “Hillsborough” which received good critiques and won all six awards for which it was nominated.
My DVR is permanently set to record Father Brown.
— Billie (@BillieO2) August 13, 2018
His next role in a film came in 2003, when he portrayed Danny in the short comedy film “Spoilt” – he also appeared in another short movie, “Floating” in which he played Jonathan, then made an uncredited appearance in the film “London to Brighton” in 2006, and four years later, he starred as Dean in the short movie “The Good North”. In 2017, he appeared as Ian in the short comedy film “Hit & Run” directed and written by Hannah Pike, and most recently, in 2019 Jack portrayed Leonard Wolley in the romantic crime mystery film “Agatha and the Curse of Ishtar”.
Love life and partner
Jack has kept details of his love life to himself, and hasn’t talked about any women whom he might have dated since he started acting, however, this has only given birth to rumors claiming that Jack is gay.
Some of his fans have even claimed to have seen Jack being rather too intimate with a male partner at a local café in Los Angeles, but there has been no evidence to support the claims, and Jack hasn’t commented on the rumors.
Many of his fans believe that Jack is a married man, and that he exchanged wedding vows with his other half in 2006 in a small ceremony attended only by their closest friends and family – it is also speculated that he is the father of two, but again, Jack hasn’t commented on the rumors.
As of August 2020, he seems to be single, hasn’t married and doesn’t have children.
Hobbies and other interests
Jack is not a big fan of social media networks, as he believes these have only spoiled society and youth, and he is not active on any of the popular platforms such as Instagram and Twitter.
He likes to travel, and his career as an actor has made it possible for him to visit several US states such as Arizona, Texas and New York, and he has also been around Europe, visiting countries such as Spain, France and Italy. He is physically very active as he has four to five training sessions at the gym each week, while he also plays various sports including soccer and basketball.
Jack has his own favorite actor and actress, who are Matt Damon and Anne Hathaway, while some of his favorite movies include “Shutter Island”, “Good Will Hunting” and “Les Miserables”.
Rumors began circulating the internet that Jack suffered an injury while he was shooting for the series “Father Brown” in 2019, because in one episode his character was walking with crutches and it was believed that this wasn’t initially planned, but had to be done because Jack was injured. Jack hasn’t commented on the rumors regarding his injury and it so far appears that it was indeed only scripted.
Jack’s age is 48. He has short brown hair and brown eyes, his height is 5ft 8ins (1.73m) and he weighs around 145lbs (65kgs).
As of August 2020, his net worth has been estimated at over $300,000.