William Gaminara

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William Gaminara
Born William Gaminara
1956 (age 61–62)
Lusaka, Zambia
Nationality English
Education Lincoln College, Oxford
Occupation Actor
Spouse(s) Kate Lock
Children 2 sons

William Gaminara (born 1956) is an English actor[1] and screenwriter, probably best known for playing pathologist Professor Leo Dalton on the television series Silent Witness, from 2002 - 2013.

Early life[edit]

Gaminara grew up in Zambia and contracted polio as a child.


Gaminara was educated at Winchester College, Winchester, Hants., UK followed by Lincoln College at the University of Oxford.[2][not in citation given] He is married to English actress, Kate Lock, and together they have two sons,[3] Joe and Fred. They live in London.[2]


Gaminara plays Dr Richard Locke in the long-running radio soap opera, The Archers.[4] He also voices audiobooks, including Bernard Cornwell's Sharpe novels.[5][6] His other television credits include Will Newman in Attachments and Dr Andrew Bower in Casualty.[4] Away from acting, he wrote the screenplay for the BBC adaptation of Rachel Morris's novel, Ella and the Mothers.[4] His most notable role was Professor Leo Dalton in the BBC crime drama series Silent Witness, playing the part from 2002 until the death of his character in 2013. He played the part once more in 2017 in the final episode of series 20.

In 2015 Gaminara appeared as Samuel Harrogate in the BBC TV series Father Brown episode 3.13 "The Paradise of Thieves".

Notable roles[edit]



  • Casualty as Dr. Andrew Bower
  • Soldier Soldier as Major Harry, "Dickie" Bird (1991)
  • The Bill as Insp. Bruce / Dr. Anthony Perry (1991-1996)
  • Dangerfield in "Games" as Matthew Davidson (1996)
  • Rag Nymph in "Episodes 2.1 & 2.2" as Mr. Quinton (1997)
  • The Moth as Mr. Quinton (1997 TV movie)
  • The Broker's Man in "Pensioned Off" as Supt Staples (1998)
  • Hope & Glory as Colin Ward (1999)
  • The Law as Alan Vine (2000 TV movie)
  • Attachments as Will Newman (2000)
  • People Like Us in "The Airline Pilot" as Captain Paul Connors (2001)
  • The Gist as Phillip Boden (2002 TV movie)
  • Spooks in "Spiders" as Victor Gleeson (2003)
  • Silent Witness as Professor Leo Dalton (2002-2013, 2017)
  • Father Brown in "The Paradise of Thieves" as Samuel Harrogate (2015)
  • The Tunnel Vengeance series 3 as Wesley Polonger (2017)

Personal life[edit]

William Gaminara and his wife, Kate Lock, have two sons, Joe and Fred. Joe Gaminara is also an actor, following his father into Casualty, in the role of junior doctor Eddie McAllister.


  1. ^ Elley, Derek (1 May 1992). Variety movie guide. Variety. Prentice Hall General Reference. ISBN 9780139283420. Retrieved 25 April 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "William Gaminara". TV.com. CBS Interactive Inc. Retrieved 4 May 2013. 
  3. ^ William Gaminara on IMDb
  4. ^ a b c "William Gaminara". BBC Drama. 
  5. ^ "Drama Faces: William Gaminara". BBC. Archived from the original on 26 January 2005. Retrieved 7 January 2013. 
  6. ^ "William Gaminara". Amazon Books. Retrieved 7 January 2013. 
  7. ^ "Who is Richard Locke?". BBC. 6 April 2015. Retrieved 19 January 2016. 

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