Ian Nelson became well-known after portrayed the District 3 male tribute in the 2012 film adaptation of his film debut as the District 3 Tribute Boy in The Hunger Games, and young Derek Hale in the television series Teen Wolf. He also played Eric in the 2014 film, The Judge. He played the young version of Tyler Hoechlin's character on a 2013 episode of MTV's Teen Wolf. From the beginning of his career, he won outstanding achievement in a Minor Supporting Role, outstanding achievement by a Leading Actor and outstanding achievement by a Dancer in a Musical.
Nelson was trained as a singer, dancer, and actor, and has been featured in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City for the past three years and attended North Carolina's Forsyth Country Day School before winning his role in The Hunger Games in 2012.
He is the son of Mark and Janie Nelson and has three siblings.
- The meaning of the name Nelson: Son Of Neil Or Nell