Ian Blackburn is an 18-year-old actor, born and raised in Wellington, New Zealand. While at school, Blackburn performed in multiple plays, including Wellington High School’s annual Shakespeare Society production of The Taming of the Shrew, Romeo and Juliet, Much Ado About Nothing, King Lear and a 2020 production of The Tempest in which he played Prospero. He appeared in the 2016 short film Unbreakable Beau. Blackburn also participated in the Roxy 5 short film competition and took part in the remake of the winning film Shelter in 2017. He also played a leading role in the 2018 short film Behold the Ghost, playing a boy who, along with his two siblings, battles with grief for his abusive father.