William Hope (actor)

William "Bill" Hope (born March 2, 1955) is a Canadian actor.

William Hope
Born (1955-03-02) March 2, 1955 (age 66)
Other namesBill Hope
Years active1980–present


Most of Hope's stage work has been leading roles in a wide variety of regional, touring and West End theatres in England.

Early on, he turned down a major role in Kubrick's Full Metal Jacket for a lead role in James Cameron's Aliens (1986) as Lt. Gorman, for which he began to receive recognition.[1] Soon after he appeared as Kyle MacRae in the horror film Hellbound: Hellraiser II (1988), the sequel to Clive Barker's Hellraiser (1987).

After Hellbound, Hope went on to 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 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).

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, in theatrical releases he has been seen opposite Woody Harrelson in The Walker (2007), Robert Downey Jr. in Sherlock Holmes (2009),[2] and The Whistleblower (2010) with Rachel Weisz and Legacy with Idris Elba. His most recent television work included 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).

Since 2009, he has been heard providing voices for Edward, Toby, Whiff, Rocky and Farmer McColl in the US dub and also Bert of the Thomas & Friends children'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.[3]



Year Title Role Notes
1982 Poltergeist Dana's Boyfriend In Car (cameo; uncredited)
Scanners Hazmat Worker (uncredited)
1983 The Lords of Discipline Senior
1986 Aliens Lieutenant Gorman
1987 Going Home Lieutenant Anson
1988 Hellbound: Hellraiser II Kyle MacRae
1992 Shining Through Kernohan
1993 Dropping the Baby Harry
1997 The Saint State Department Official
2000 Obedience Dr. Norton
2001 Never Say Never Mind: The Swedish Bikini Team Bill Mason
2002 XXX Agent Roger Donnan
2003 Labyrinth Robert Fisk
Cockroach Blue Flush Head
2004 Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow American Broadcaster
2005 The Marksman Jonathan Tensor
Submerged Agent Fletcher
2006 The Detonator Michael Shepard
2008 Dark Floors Jon
2007 Finding Rin Tin Tin Major Snickens
Trade Routes Richter
The Walker Mungo Tenant
2009 Sherlock Holmes American Ambassador Standish
Thomas & Friends: Hero of the Rails Edward, Toby, Rocky and the Duke of Boxford Film; US voice
2010 The Whistleblower John Blakely
Thomas & Friends: Misty Island Rescue Edward, Toby, Whiff, Bash, Rocky and the Dock Manager Film; US voice
The Glass House Charles Lutz
Legacy Mark Star
2011 Captain America: The First Avenger SHIELD Lieutenant Film
The Lady James Baker
Thomas & Friends: Day of the Diesels Edward, Toby and Rocky Film; US voice
Spiders 3D Col. Jenkins
Cold Fusion Willis
2012 Thomas & Friends: Blue Mountain Mystery Edward, Toby and Rocky Film; US voice
Gladiators of Rome Fabrickus English voice
Dark Shadows Sheriff Bill of Collinsport
2013 Thomas & Friends: King of the Railway Edward and Toby Supporting Role; US voice
Walking with the Enemy Carl Lutz
Burton & Taylor John Cullum
2014 Thomas & Friends: Tale of the Brave Edward and the Dock Manager Film; Supporting Role; US voice
2015 Thomas & Friends: Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure Edward and Toby Film; Supporting Role; US voice
Thomas & Friends: The Adventure Begins Edward Film; Main Role; US voice
2016 Tokyo Trial John Patrick Higgins
Slumber Malcolm In production
Thomas & Friends: The Great Race Edward and the Dock Manager Film; Supporting Role; US voice
2017 Thomas & Friends: Journey Beyond Sodor Edward and Toby Supporting Role; US voice
2018 Thomas and Friends: Big World Big Adventures! Edward and Toby Supporting Role; US voice
The Catcher Was a Spy John Kieran
2021 Texas Chainsaw Massacre N/A Filming[4]


Year Title Role Notes
1980 Flickers Frank 1 episode
1982 Nancy Astor Harry Langhorne 3 episodes
1984 Lace Francis 2 episodes
1985 Tender Is the Night American in bar 1 episode
Behind Enemy Lines Lt. Michael Turner Television film
1986 The Last Days of Patton MP Philip
1987 Screen Two Lt. Anson Episode: "Going Home"
1989 The Shell Seekers Young Richard Television film
1992 Tropical Heat Lyle Episode: "Stranger in Paradise"
1993 Scales of Justice Defense lawyer Episode: "Who Killed Sir Harry Oakes?"
The Hidden Room Kevin Episode: "My Sister's Keeper"
Street Legal Mike Hogan Episode: "Black and White in Color"
1994 To Save the Children Duane Barton Television film
1995 As Time Goes By Young Lionel Episode: "Improvements"
1996 Drop the Dead Donkey James Sillett Episode: "The Godless Society"
1997 The Vanishing Man Kyle Jacob Television film
Bodyguards Robert Connor Episode: "Know Thine Enemy"
1998 The Vanishing Man Kim Richards Episode: "Out on a Limb"
1999 Gimme Gimme Gimme Terry Clinger Episode: "I Do, I Do, I Do"
The Ambassador Fr. Gardiner Episode: "Unholy Alliance"
2000 Animated Epics: Moby Dick Peter Coffin, Flask Voices
Tellevision film
Sword of Honour General Clayton Television film
2002 Fields of Gold Nick Venner
2004 Dunkirk Cdr J Clouston RN Television film documentary
2005 Coming Up Major Winchester Episode: "Viva Liberty!"
Egypt Theodore Davis TV Mini-series documentary
Episode: "The Search for Tutankhamun"
Broken News Robert Strang Episode: "Hijack"
2006 The Eagle Falls Col. Kyle Television film
Surviving Disaster Jim Kyle Episode: "Iran Hostage Rescue"
Avenger Stephen Edmonds Television film
If... Kim Episode: "If... The Oil Runs Out"
Ultimate Force Bob Schulman Episode: "The Dividing Line"
9/11: The Twin Towers Harry Ramos
2007 Midsomer Murders Alan Alexander Episode: "The Animal Within"
2008 Inspector Lewis Quentin Jackson Episode: "And the Moonbeams Kiss the Sea"
Bonekickers Preston Lester Episode: "Warriors"
Holby City Steve Randall Episode: "Hope, Faith and Charity"
2009 Moonshot Psychologist Television film
2010–2021 Thomas & Friends Edward, Toby, Whiff, Bert (Season 16 onwards; US/UK), Bash, Rocky,
Stephen Hatt, Farmer McColl, The Duke of Boxford, The Dock Manager,
The Maithwaite Stationmaster (Double Trouble and Wonky Whistle only)
and The Knapford Stationmaster (Season 17 onwards)
Main/Recurring Roles; US;UK
2011 Spooks Jim Coaver Season 10
MI-5 Jim Coaver 6 episodes
Episodes Matt's Agent 1 episode
2012 Upstairs Downstairs Ambassador Kennedy Episode: "The Love That Pays the Price"
2013 Agatha Christie's Marple Lippincott 1 episode
Marple Lippincott Episode: "Endless Night"
2013–2014 Rãmâi cu mine Tony 4 episodes
2014 The Searchers Amos Edwards TV Mini-series
2 episodes
2015 Thunderbirds Are Go Professor Callaway Voice; 1 episode
The Syndicate Scott Mitchell 3 episodes
2016 The Syndicate Scott Mitchell 4 episodes
2017 Red Moon Unknown episode
2018–2019 Deep State Senator Hawes 7 episodes
2020 The Sandman Doctor Destiny Unknown episode


  • McLibel (1998) – Guardian Newspaper Representative
  • Superior Firepower: The Making of 'Aliens (2003) (V) – Himself
  • Mummies: Secrets of the Pharaohs (2007) – Charles Wilbour

Video games


  1. ^ Grant, Barry Keith (1996). The dread of difference: gender and the horror film. University of Texas Press. p. 186. ISBN 0-292-72794-1.
  2. ^ "Movie Review - Sherlock Holmes". RTÉ. 21 December 2009. Retrieved 9 May 2011.
  3. ^ We're All Neighbors website. Accessed May 10, 2011.
  4. ^ Fuge, Jon (March 22, 2021). "'Don't Breathe 2' & 'Texas Chainsaw' Sequel Are Finished and Fantastic Teases Producer". MovieWeb. Retrieved April 8, 2021.

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