Virgo was born in Glendale, California and moved to Caldicot, Wales in 1987, so has dual American and British nationality. Virgo was a pupil at Caldicot Comprehensive School and appeared in a number of school productions. He left school after his GCSEs and completed a BTEC National Diploma in Performing Arts at Coleg Gwent's Cross Key's campus. He later studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London before taking up a career in acting. He has appeared in Band of Brothers, Black Hawk Down, Casualty, Rise of the Footsoldier and EastEnders, playing Wayne Thompson. He has many relatives in South Wales. In 2009, he appeared in the BBC Wales commissioned, Tony Jordan produced hospital drama Crash as Senior House Doctor Alun Gethin. He Played Louis in Doctors in 2010.
Ian is married to Naomi Virgo (July 16, 2017), they have one daughter Laiken-Avara Virgo (born July 19, 2016).