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Ian Roberts was born and grew up in Bristol, England. Education took place at Hartcliffe School then after moving house to Portishead Ian went to Gordano School. A future celebrity in the same year at school as Ian was Geoff Barrow now band member and song writer for the world famous platinum selling band `Portishead'. A natural athelete, Ian represented his school at football & rugby & also played in central midfield for Portishead under 16's football team. However Ian would soon turn his athletic prowess to another sport, boxing. 

Ian Roberts as Amateur Boxer Inspired by watching the likes of `Sugar' Ray Leonard on television Ian entered the world of amateur boxing, representing Bristol's Broad Plain Amateur Boxing Club and also the West of England. Bristol's amateur boxing scene was then buzzing with future world champions Adrian Stone and Glenn Catley on the scene. Ian's good friend and future W.B.C. World Super-Middeweight champion Glenn Catley even made his amateur debut on the same show as Ian, both recording stoppage wins. However Ian's interest in boxing eventually waned and although yet to fulfill his massive potential, Ian sought a new challenge.

It was at this point, partly on the recommendation of friends Ian began to pursue a career in fashion modeling. Ian's career got off to a good start when he won a modeling competition from hundreds of entrants in his home town of Bristol run by Julie Dammers Model Agency. Initially paid work seemed very hard to come by, it seemed a vicious circle of needing work in your portfolio to get work. Soon the breakthrough came and after the first job it was not long before the jobs started to roll in. This included prestigeous work for companies such as Coca-Cola, Harley Davidson, John Anthony, Sky TV, Next and Alexandra Clare Parfum to name but a few. As Ian's portfolio grew he was quickly signed up by more agencies, first in Birmingham and Manchester and then Needhams Model Agency in London run by former Playboy covergirl Carol Needham and then even agencies abroad first Salvador Models of Barcelona. Then later agencies in France and New York. On his many modeling assignments Ian has worked alongside such models as his friend Sophie Anderton, Emma Griffith, Chrissy Molnar presenter of Playboy TV's `Night Calls' and Tiffani Bannister star of Live TV's twice daily show `Tiffani's Big City Tips'.
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Alongside his modeling Ian has had a number of different part-time jobs as most models do. This included being a trained licensed croupier moving onto bar work, then nightclub security work. During this time Ian became head of security at Bristol's famous Lakota club.




Ian is now working as a successful IT contractor. One of his recent contracts was for Nato/ISAF in Afghanistan spending the majority of his time in Kabul but also including Helmand and Kandahar. This contract had its obvious dangers and Ian's base was regularly rocketed by the Taliban and Ian carried a Smith & Wesson Enhanced Sigma Series 9mm handgun for personal protection. For fun Ian can often be seen socialising in the bars and clubs in Bristol, especially those on Whiteladies road near his home in Stoke Bishop, where he lives. Boxing is still very close to Ian's heart and he has gone to see the likes of Lennox Lewis, Nigel Benn, Chris Eubank and Joe Calzaghe live as well as supporting Bristol's local boxers. Ian also loves to travel and has visited Miami & New York among other places. Recently Ian became a father for the first time and is now a doting father to his beautiful little girl Georgia Lucy Roberts.


Copyright CoZania March 2006