Ian Whyte was born in Bangor, Wales and raised in Brighton, England, where he attended Dorothy Stringer High School. In 1990 he was awarded an athletic scholarship to play basketball at Iona College in New Rochelle, New York, where he stayed for two years. He transferred to Clarion University in Pennsylvania where he studied history and returned to England in 1994 to continue playing basketball in London. His no nonsense, sometimes rough approach to the game immediately caught the attention of the England coach, Laszlo Nemeth and in 1994 he received the first of 80 caps in a tempestuous career that spanned nine years.
During that time Ian played for clubs in France, Portugal, Belgium and Greece, before settling back in England to play for the Newcastle Eagles, where he finished his career.
In 2003 Ian was approached to cast for the role of the giant, fearsome, iconic, extra terrestrial killer; The Predator in Paul W .S. Anderson's film; Alien Vs. Predator, spawned from Fox's twin Sci Fi horror genres, Alien and Predator. For his next film, Ian went to completely the other end of the spectrum to explore his feminine side as an 8' 6" tall witch in Mike Newell's glorious Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
Ian has since reprised the role of the Predator in an AvP sequel and continues to work on a number of projects in various fearsome guises.
Ian is a student of the Zheng Dao Lo system of Chinese martial arts, incorporating Tai Chi, Ba Gua, Wing Chun and Chinese style kick boxing amongst others. Ian is married and lives in North East England.