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Steven Hartley

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Steven Hartley
Hartley in 2009
Born (1960-08-12) 12 August 1960 (age 63)
Alma materLondon Academy of Music and Dramatic Art
Years active1985-present
SpouseAbby Francis (2010–present)

Steven Hartley (born 12 August 1960) is an English actor who has appeared in television, film, and theatre.

Early life[edit]

Hartley grew up in Yorkshire.[1]

Professional career[edit]

Hartley attended The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art[2] from 1981-1984. Hartley has appeared and performed in shows such as Happy Valley (TV series), Trial & Retribution (TV series), Merlin (TV series), The Borgias (TV series) Vera, Rumble (TV series), Strictly Confidential, Badboys (TV series), Trial & Retribution, Sharman, Holby City, Casualty, Doctors, The Cut, Married... with Children, Ripper Street and Call The Midwife. He also appeared as regular characters in The Bill EastEnders and Doctors. He has appeared in Silent Witness, Sky TV series Brassic, Shadow and Bone for Netflix, All Creatures Great and Small and Grace.[citation needed]

His films include Allies (2014) Ruby Strangelove Young Witch (2015), Robocroc (2013), Jet Stream (2013), The Walker (2007) opposite Woody Harrleson, Kristin Scott Thomas and Lauren Bacall, A Dog of Flanders (1999), Christopher Columbus: The Discovery (1992) alongside Marlon Brando, Tom Selleck, Benicio Del Toro and Catherine Zeta Jones, Split Second (1992), and Young Toscanini (1988). Hartley's 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 played a leading role in the play Fit and Proper People for the Royal Shakespeare Company at the Soho Theatre.[citation needed]

Hartley has voice acted on video games including Sony Studios' Blood & Truth on PSVR as Tony Sharp, as Luis Belosa in Squadron 42 alongside an all-star cast, including Gary Oldman, Gillian Anderson, Mark Strong and Mark Hamill, voices for Greedfall, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (Eredin king of the wild hunt), and Zynbel in the BAFTA award-winning game Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice. He also has roles in Sword Coast Legends , Dark Souls III, Nioh 2, Sea of Thieves, Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice,

In 2005, he was nominated for Sexiest Male at The British Soap Awards.[3]

For two-and-a-half years, Hartley appeared as Tom Chandler in The Bill.[4]


Hartley has been "The Voice" of TalkSPORT radio station.[5] He has voiced and starred in over 20 video games, including Eredin in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Larethar Gulgrin in Sword Coast Legends, Sir Vilhelm in Dark Souls III: Ashes of Ariandel, Shibata Katsuie in Nioh 2 (English dub), Zynbel in Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice, and Petrus in Greedfall.[6] He has recently completed video games Squadron 42 and Blood & Truth as gangster Anthony Sharpe.

Personal life[edit]

He was also a committed marathon and half-marathon runner with the TV Times Leukaemia research team. He has a brother and a sister. Steven currently lives in Tunbridge Wells with his wife, actress Abby Francis, and daughter.[7][8]




  1. ^ "My Hols: Steven Hartley". The Times. ISSN 0140-0460. Retrieved 14 December 2022.
  2. ^ "Steven Hartley - Questions and Answers - Interview". London Theatre. 8 June 2016. Retrieved 31 January 2024.
  3. ^ People, Sunday (7 May 2005). "8 CORRIE GOLDEN BAUBLES". mirror. Retrieved 14 December 2022.
  4. ^ Traynor, Frances (10 October 2002). "END OF TV'S SLEAZIEST COP; Chandler exits The Bill after explosive shoot-out". The Daily Record. Glasgow, Scotland. Retrieved 14 December 2022 – via The Free Library by Farlex.
  5. ^ Portnoi, Gershon (2011). The story of talkSPORT : inside the wacky world of Britain's wildest radio station. Internet Archive. London : Simon & Schuster. pp. 169–170. ISBN 978-0-85720-630-5.
  6. ^ "Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice on IMDb". IMDb. Retrieved 13 April 2018.
  7. ^ "Abby Francis, Actress, Official Website". Abby Francis, Actress, Official Website. Abby Francis. Retrieved 13 April 2018.
  8. ^ "Steven Hartley – An Enchanted Ruby". An Enchanted Ruby. Retrieved 13 April 2018.
  9. ^ "Steven Hartley". AHA Talent. Archived from the original on 3 March 2022. Retrieved 31 July 2022.
  10. ^ IMDb
  11. ^ "Happy Valley, Series 1, Episode 2". BBC. Retrieved 9 March 2023.

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