William Hope

William Hope


Early on, he turned down a major role in Kubrick’s Full Metal Jacket for a role in James Cameron’s Aliens (1986) as Lt. Gorman. Soon after he appeared as Kyle MacRae in the horror film Hellbound: Hellraiser II (1988), the sequel to Clive Barker’s Hellraiser (1987).

Hope appeared in Shining Through (1992) and The Saint (1997), Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (2004) and XXX (2002). He co-starred in two Wesley Snipes’ action epics The Marksman (2005) and The Detonator (2006) and as the villain in Steven Seagal’s action movie Submerged(2005).

He played Harry Ramos in the award-winning TV docudrama 9/11: The Twin Towers (2007), and as the President of Lehman Brothers in The Last Days of Lehman Brothers (2009) starring James Cromwell, in theatrical releases he has been seen opposite Woody Harrelson in The Walker (2007), Robert Downey Jr. in Sherlock Holmes (2009), and The Whistleblower (2010) with Rachel Weisz and Legacy with Idris Elba. He had television work including playing Matt LeBlanc’s agent in Episodes (2011). He was also in Luc Besson’s The Lady (2012) about the life of Aung San Suu Kyi and in 2011 he guest-starred in the BBC’s final series of Spooks (2002) and alongside Johnny Depp in Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows (2012).

From 2009 to 2021, he provided voices for Edward, Toby, Whiff, Rocky and Farmer McColl in the US dub and also Bert of the Thomas & Friendschildren’s TV and DVD series. He also returned to the horror genre, working in the Solar Film’s experimental Dark Floors, released in Europe in 2008. He is regularly heard on BBC Radio and is part of the BBC “Broken News” cast. He appeared in a book tour with Tim Parfitt, his brother-in-law.


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