Ivan Kaye (born 1 July 1961 in Northampton, Northamptonshire) is an English actor. He previously played Dr. Johnathon Leroy in a recurring role in EastEnders, and he played Bryan in The Green Green Grass. He also played the Duke of Milan in all three Seasons of The Borgias, and starred as King Aelle, in the first four Seasons of History channel's historical drama series Vikings. Ivan Kaye made his theater debut in 1980 at Sadler's Wells Theatre (London) as Willie Wonka in a stage version of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. More theatre roles followed throughout the 1980s and 1990s, e.g. at the Royal National Theatre and the Piccadilly Theatre (The Rocky Horror Show). In 1990, he started his television career by guest starring in the crime shows The Paradise Club and The Bill. In 1992 he played the leading part Sam Sterne in ITV's crime show Sam Saturday. Since then he has played almost 40 roles in television and, starting in 2004, in movies (Layer Cake, Control). Ivan Kaye's roles in recent international productions include drug baron Polo Yakur in Assassination Games (2011), the Duke of Milan Ludovico Sforza in The Borgias (2011-2013), Joshua Collins, father of the main character Barnabas Collins (Johnny Depp) in Dark Shadows (2012), famous Viking warrior Ivar the Boneless in Hammer of the Gods (2013), pub landlord Mick Sturrock in BBC One's crime show The Coroner (2015-2016) and the Saxon King Aelle of Northumbria in History channel's period drama Vikings (2013-2017). Aside from his villain roles as cold-blooded Polo Yakur and unscrupulous Duke Ludovico it is mainly his portrayal of King Aelle - in Vikings the deadly enemy and nemesis of the legendary hero of the show Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel) - that has recently shaped Ivan Kaye's international profile. In his Twitter bio he describes himself as "Villain for Hire".
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