|Born||William "Bill" Hope
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
|Other name(s)||Bill Hope|
|Occupation||stage actor / film actor / television actor / voice actor|
William "Bill" Hope (born 1955) is a Canadian stage, film, TV actor and voiceover-artist.
Hope was born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. He trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in London and began in theatre on both sides of the Atlantic. Most of his stage work has been leading roles in a wide variety of regional, touring and West End theatres in England. After appearing in Lords of Discipline, he was offered a leading role in James Cameron's Aliens (1986) as Lt. Gorman, for which he started to receive recognition.
Soon after he appeared as Kyle McRae in the brutal horror classic Hellbound: Hellraiser 2 (1988), the sequel to Clive Barker's Hellraiser (1987). The film created a lot of debate due its gruesome, explicit violent nature. After Hellbound: Hellraiser 2, Hope went on to work on a number of theatrical films while working a lot on stage and in radio drama. Seen in parts in Shining Through (1992) and The Saint (1997), Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (2004) and Triple X (2002), more recently 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). Recently seen on TV as 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. Lately in theatrical releases he has been seen opposite Woody Harrelson in The Walker (2007) written and directed by Hollywood legend Paul Schrader, and not long finished shooting Sherlock Holmes (2009) with "Robert Downey Jr." and The Whistleblower " (2010) with "Rachel Weisz".
In 2007 he guest-starred in the Doctor Who audio drama Renaissance of the Daleks. 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. Hope has appeared with stars like Sigourney Weaver, Michael Douglas, George C. Scott, Val Kilmer.
Hope was awarded the Aliens Legacy Gold Award at Collectormania 2008, in Glasgow.
William Hope, along with Laurel Lefkow, read the unabridged version of Audrey Niffenegger's novel, The Time Traveler's Wife (Shortlisted for Audible's Listen of the Year, 2006). He has read a wide range of audio books, including In Cold Blood by Truman Capote, Sophie's Choice by William Styron, Washington Square by Henry James, The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers and more recently starring in the audio drama of The Night Listener by Armistead Maupin.
Hope has a wife and two children and mostly lives in London. His brother Barclay Hope, is also an actor.