Steven Hartley

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Steven Hartley
Steven Hartley.jpg
Hartley in 2009
Born (1960-08-12) 12 August 1960 (age 61)
Years active1985-present
Spouse(s)Sophie Uliano (1991–97; divorced)
Abby Francis (2010–present)
ChildrenTess Hartley

Steven Hartley (born 12 August 1960, in Shipley) is an English actor who has appeared in television, film, and theatre. He has appeared in over 60 principal and leading roles on television and film since 1985, including EastEnders, The Bill, The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, Rumble, Strictly Confidential, Badboys, Trial & Retribution, Sharman, Holby City, Casualty, Doctors, Pie in the Sky, The Cut, Agatha Christie's Marple, Merlin, Married... with Children, The Borgias, Vera alongside Brenda Blethyn, Ripper Street, and the BAFTA nominated BBC series Happy Valley. Most recently he has appeared in Silent Witness , Brassic for Sky TV Shadow and Bone for Netflix, All creatures great and small (TV series), and Grace (TV Series).

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 Allies (2014) Ruby Strangelove (2015), Robocroc (2013), Jet Stream (2013), The Walker (2007), A Dog of Flanders (1999), Christopher Columbus: The Discovery (1992), Split Second (1992), 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 at The Soho Theater

Hartley is a legendary performer in the gaming industry with over 20 Video games to his credit. 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, Wolcen, Lords of Mayhem, Nioh 2, Sea of Thieves. Often working in performance capture and motion capture for many of these games.

Hartley has one of the most recognisable voices in the UK,, having voiced countless TV documentaries and TV and radio commercials and has been the station voice of Talksport for 22 years. In 2005, he was nominated for Sexiest Male at the British Soap awards .[citation needed] He was also nominated for a Broadway World West End Award for best takeover for Bill Sikes in Oliver! in 2011.[citation needed]

In 2019, Hartley shared his memories of The Bill and his career in general in an interview for The Bill Podcast.

Early life[edit]

Hartley was a successful amateur boxer for York and Yorkshire in the late 1970s and early 1980s in a team which included future British and European champion and world title contender Henry Wharton (Boxer) He trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) from 1981–84. 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]

Hartley is one of the most recognisable voices in the UK. He has been "The Voice" of TalkSPORT radio station for 22 years. 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. 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), and Zynbel in Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice.[2] He has recently completed video games Squadron 42 alongside an all star cast and the acclaimed Sony VR game Blood & Truth as gangster Anthony Sharpe. He has narrated numerous audiobooks, including most recently The Music Shop A Novel by Rachel Joyce.

Personal life[edit]

He was 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 Tunbridge Wells with his wife actress Abby Francis and daughter Tess.[3][4]


  1. ^ IMDb
  2. ^ "Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice on IMDb". IMDb. Retrieved 13 April 2018.
  3. ^ "Abby Francis, Actress, Official Website". Abby Francis, Actress, Official Website. Abby Francis. Retrieved 13 April 2018.
  4. ^ "Steven Hartley – An Enchanted Ruby". An Enchanted Ruby. Retrieved 13 April 2018.

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