known for seven-time Teen Choice Award winning role as ‘Ezra Fitz’ on Pretty Little Liars, author
Ian Harding is proving himself as one of Hollywood’s brightest talents as his career
continues to evolve with exciting and diverse projects. Born in Heidelberg, Germany,
Harding moved with his family to Virginia where he discovered his passion for theater
performance at Georgetown. He continued to pursue his talents as he attended the
prestigious performing arts school, Carnegie Mellon University.
Ian released his first book, “Odd Birds,” in May 2017. The book is a collection of essays
interweaving his life in Hollywood with his love of bird watching. Each humorous and
heartfelt story features a particular bird—sometimes literal, at other times figurative. Using
this framework, Ian explores a variety of topics, including growing up, life as a television
actor and nature lover, and whether it is better to shave or wax one’s chest for an on-screen
Ian nabbed his first major role as a regular on the wildly successful drama series “Pretty
Little Liars,” an American mystery drama based on the widely popular series of novels
written by Sara Shepard. The series follows a group of friends who band together against an
anonymous foe who threatens to reveal their darkest secrets, while unraveling the mystery of
the murder of their best friend. The show quickly amassed a cult following and is one of
the most talked about shows on social media. Ian masters his complicated role as he portrays
Ezra Fitz, an AP English teacher who is romantically involved with his student Aria,
portrayed by Lucy Hale. The show begins its seventh and final season on April 28, 2017.
Ian quickly became a “Pretty Little Liar” fan favorite and has won the Teen Choice Award
for 2010 Male Summer Breakout Star followed by back-to-back wins in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014,
2015 and 2016 for Choice TV Actor: Drama. In addition to the Teen Choice Awards, the show
as a whole has garnered nominations and wins including The People’s Choice Awards, MTV
Movie and TV Awards, GLAAD Media Awards, TV Guide Awards and Young Hollywood Awards.
Segueing effortlessly between television and film, Ian will next be seen starring alongside
Halston Sage and Carly Chaikin in the indie comedy “People You May Know”. He recently
wrapped the Steven C. Miller’s zombie movie “Office Uprising” alongside Brenton Thwaites
and Jane Levy. Ian recently starred in the indie feature “Addiction; A 60’s Love Story,”
which is based on a true story. Set in the 60s, it is the story of how one young man, looking
to get ahead in life and do right by the girl he loves, gets lured into a seedy world and his
entire life begins to spiral out of control.
Ian made his acting debut in the 2009 film “Adventureland” as a wealthy prepster, which
starred Kirsten Stewart, Ryan Reynolds, and Jesse Eisengberg. Other notable credits include
his work in “Love and Other Drugs” “Deadtime Stories” and “NCIS: Los Angeles.”
Ian currently resides in Los Angeles and enjoys yoga, soccer, bird watching and works with
various Lupus organizations.