Ian Harding is proving himself as one of Hollywood’s brightest and most promising 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.
Harding nabbed his first major role as a regular on the wildly successful drama series “Pretty Little Liars,” an American mystery drama based on the popular series of novels written by Sara Shepard. Harding 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 and 2015 for Choice TV Actor: Drama. In addition to the Teen Choice Awards, the show has garnered nominations and wins including The People’s Choice Awards, GLAAD Media Awards, TV Guide Awards and Young Hollywood Awards.
Segueing effortlessly between television and film, Harding appeared in James Mangold’s Ford V. Ferrari and starred alongside Halston Sage and Carly Chaikin in the indie comedy People You May Know and with Brenton Thwaites and Jane Levy in Steven C. Miller’s zombie movie Office Uprising. Harding made his acting debut in the 2009 film Adventureland as a wealthy prepster, which starred Kristen Stewart, Ryan Reynolds and Jesse Eisenberg.
Harding has also made a name for himself off screen. He executive produced and narrated the Discovery+ documentary “Feral” about the effect feral cats have on the indigenous bird species of Hawaii. In 2017, Harding published his collection of essays, “Odd Birds,” chronicling Harding’s life in Hollywood — including anecdotes from “Pretty Little Liars” — through the lens of bird watching, making it a fascinating and funny journey for readers of both celebrity memoirs and nature books.
Harding currently resides in New York and enjoys yoga, soccer, football, and basketball.