Steven Hartley

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For the rugby league footballer of the 1980s for Great Britain, and Hull Kingston Rovers, see Steve Hartley
Steven Hartley
Born (1960-08-12) 12 August 1960 (age 54)
Shipley, West Riding of Yorkshire, England
Occupation Actor
Years active 1985-present
Spouse(s) Sophie Uliano (1991 - 1997) (divorced)
Abby Francis (2010-present)
Children Tess Hartley

Steven Hartley (born 12 August 1960 in Shipley) is an English actor known internationally for his television, film and theatre roles. He has appeared in leading roles on British television since 1985, including the series EastEnders from 1987-1989 and The Bill 2000-2002. He has continued to work constantly in TV in series such as Rumble, Strictly Confidential, Trial & Retribution, Sharman, Holby City, Casualty, Doctors, The Cut and most recently Merlin, The Borgias and Vera alongside Brenda Blethyn, Ripper Street, and the acclaimed BBC series Happy Valley.

He has worked opposite notable actors on film Including Marlon Brando, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Benicio del Toro, Lauren Bacall, Kristin Scott Thomas, Woody Harrelson and Jon Voight. His films include The Walker (2007), A Dog of Flanders (1999), Christopher Columbus: The Discovery (1992) and Young Toscanini (1988). Hartley's extensive theatre work includes reprising his role as Bill Sikes in the West End Musical Oliver! in 2009-2010 for producer Cameron Mackintosh, the third time Hartley has played the role since being cast by director Sam Mendes in 1996 and recently played a leading role in 'Fit and Proper people' for the Royal Shakespeare company.

Hartley is also an award winning voice over artist having voiced countless TV documentaries and commercials and has been the station voice of Talksport for 10 years.

Early life[edit]

Hartley was an amateur boxer for York and Yorkshire in the late 1970s and early 1980s. He trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) from 1981-83. After a number of theatre performances and many commercials, he was interviewed for the role of James Bond in 1985, but was turned down because of his young age. For a 6-month period in 1990, he turned to labouring on a building site when acting jobs were sparse, but a surge of TV and film roles would soon follow.



Voice overs[edit]

He is one of the voices heard on the TalkSPORT radio station. His smooth tones have become synonymous with the station as he is involved in every one of the adverts for the station, also the introductions for each show. His identity was somewhat a mystery until an interview with James Whale, and he is now alluded to in some of the station's jingles.

Personal life[edit]

He is also a committed marathon and half marathon runner with the TV Times Leukaemia research team. He has a brother Peter and a younger sister Michele. Steven currently lives in London with his wife actress Abby Francis and daughter Tess.


  1. ^ IMDb

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