Bill has been a professional actor across TV and Theatre for over 15 years. He lives in Bristol with his partner and two young daughters.
On TV, Bill is probably best known for his work on two of the country’s leading Soaps. He has just finished 3 years on Emmerdale, playing the well meaning but pretty hopeless farmer James Barton (Ross, Pete and Finn’s Dad) for over 300 episodes, who sadly met a rather gruesome, if accidental, death at the hands of his emotionally volatile partner, Emma, in one of the Soap’s biggest storylines of the year.
Previously, he played the rather nasty builder Charlie Stubbs in Coronation Street, also for 300 episodes, who also remarkably met a rather gruesome, if accidental, death at the hands of his emotionally volatile partner, Tracy, in one of the Soap’s biggest storylines of the year. He’s a bit worried about doing any more of these kind of jobs…
He’s also done a fair amount of other TV/Film including: Silent Witness, True Crime, Casualty, The Great Ghost Rescue, Tangled (CBC Canada), Doctors, The Bill, Robin Hood, Midsomer Murders, Heartbeat, Cold Blood, Fallen, Holby City, EastEnders, Swag, Seven Stories, Jonathan Creek, Footballers’ Wives, Rose and Maloney, In Deep, Make My Day.
Though well known for his TV work, Bill is no stranger to the stage, and has worked on everything from Sophocles to The Spice Girls at Bristol Old Vic, Manchester Royal Exchange, Northern Stage, Clwyd Theatr Cymru, and The National Theatre Studio amongst others. He’s played Prospero in The Tempest in Guildford, Lancelot in Spamalot in the West End, and Kevin the Gnome in a muddy field in Glastonbury.
Theatre includes: Viva Forever (Piccadilly Theatre, West End), The Hairy Ape (Southwark Playhouse), Million Dollar Quartet (Noel Coward Theatre, West End); The Lady From The Sea (Manchester Royal Exchange); The Tempest (Guildford Shakespeare Company); Look Back In Anger (Northern Stage and National Tour); Spamalot (Palace Theatre, West End); Edward II (BAC); Harriott And I (Manchester Royal Exchange Studio); Destiny (BAC); Oh! What A Lovely War (Clwyd Theatr Cymru); A Chorus Of Disapproval (Bristol Old Vic); The Beggar’s Opera (Bristol Old Vic); Antigone (Bristol Old Vic); Japes (Theatre Royal Haymarket, West End); Stalin! The Musical (Pleasance); Around The World In Eighty Days (BAC); Uncle Ebenezer- A Christmas Carol (BAC).
Before becoming an actor, Bill had a proper job working for over 10 years in the Advertising Industry, firstly as an Account Director, latterly as a Senior Strategic Planner at two of the world’s largest advertising agencies: Saatchi & Saatchi and Bartle Bogle Hegarty in London.
He also has a degree in Modern British History from Bristol University, and is a professional landscape photographer – he recently won the Adobe Prize at the 2015 Take a View Landscape Photographer of the Year Awards. You can see more of his work at www.billwardphotography.co.uk.