Kenny Ireland (born 1947, Paisley) is a Scottish actor and theatre director, best known to television viewers as part of Victoria Wood's 'rep' company in the BBC series Victoria Wood As Seen On TV. And his role as Donald in Benidorm.
Ireland has been prominent in the theatre where he spent ten years as director of the Royal Lyceum Theatre in Edinburgh. When he left the post in 2003 he controversially attacked the Scottish arts establishment for providing "theatre on the cheap" and the Scottish Executive for putting plans for a National Theatre of Scotland on "the back burner". The National Theatre was finally launched in 2006. He also appeared in an episode of Auf Wiedersehen Pet as a journalist. In some early TV appearances (e.g. the BBC's "Five Red Herrings") he was credited as "Ian Ireland".
Ireland's directing credits include Guys & Dolls, A View from the Bridge, Romeo and Juliet, Phaedra, Macbeth, Lovers, The Anatomist,Clay Bull, Mother Courage, Much Ado About Nothing, Of Mice and Men, Private Lives, Oleanna, The Gowk Storm, Waiting for Godot,Dancing at Lughnasa, Oedipus Tyrannos and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
He has also appeared in the STV series Taggart, the 1983 film Local Hero, the 1990 series House of Cards as Media tycoon Benjamin Landless starring alongside Ian Richardson as Francis Urquhart and the David Leland film The Big Man with Liam Neeson, amongst others.
He is currently appearing in the television series Benidorm as swinger Donald Stewart