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Doug Bradley

Bradley attending the Fangoria "Weekend of Horrors" in San Jose, 2007.
Born Douglas William Bradley
7 September 1954 (1954-09-07) (age 55)
Liverpool, England
Other name(s) Douglas Bradley / Bill Bradley / Charles Stead
Years active 1973 – present
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Douglas William Bradley (born 7 September 1954) is an English actor.



He is well known for playing the role of the Cenobite Pinhead in all eight Hellraiser films, as well as the character of Captain Elliot Spenser in two of the films Hellbound: Hellraiser II (1988) and Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth (1992).[1] He is one of only three actors to play the same horror character at least six consecutive times, the others being Robert Englund who has also portrayed Freddy Krueger eight consecutive times, and Tobin Bell who portrayed Jigsaw in all six Saw films.[2]

Bradley has appeared in an advert for direct line insurance in the UK (as a gym teacher) appearing on everything from T.V, the backs of buses, in tube stations and internet adverts. He has performed narrations on several songs by Cradle of Filth, an English extreme metal band. The first was 2000s "Her Ghost in the Fog" (as well as "Death Magick For Adepts" and "Tortured Soul Asylum"), however he could not appear in the music video and was replaced by actor David McEwen who would play the character of Kemper in Cradle of Fear. Bradley also appeared on its sequel - "Swansong For A Raven" (as well as the album intro "Satyriasis"). In 2006, he lent his narrations to "Rise of the Pentagram" and "Tonight In Flames". Continuing in this vein, Bradley has contributed guest vocals to Cradle of Filth's 2008 album, Godspeed on the Devil's Thunder, on most songs excluding "Tragic Kingdom". He seems to be playing the role of Gilles de Rais, the person on which the album's concept is based.

Bradley has appeared in a lot of horror shorts including Red Lines and On Edge. He is also a member of UK animation company Renga Media, makers of the independent British CGI Dominator movies and shorts, dividing job roles between producer and voice actor. He also voiced the Loc-Nar in the short animated crossover Heavy Metal vs. Dominator, in which characters from the Dominator universe meet and fight with characters from the film Heavy Metal 2000.

Bradley was born in Liverpool, England. He lives in London with his wife, Lynne, a son and a daughter, and a cat. He is a longtime close friend of horror/fantasy novelist Clive Barker, the two having met when they attended secondary school, and has worked with Barker in various capacities (from a theatre group to the Hellraiser films) since the early 1970s. He is also a die hard Liverpool FC supporter.

Bradley is also the author of an autobiography, as well as a volume Sacred Masks: Behind the Mask of the Horror Actor which explores the history of masks in society, and their applications in Horror Movies.[3]

Due to his eventual skill at application and removal of the Pinhead appliances, he has been credited in some of the Hellraiser films as an assistant make-up artist named Bill Bradley, using his middle name.[4] In 2010 he stars also in the British/Spanish horror film Exorcismus.[5]

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