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William Hope (actor)

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William Hope
Born (1955-03-02) March 2, 1955 (age 60)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Other names Bill Hope
Occupation Actor, voice artist
Years active 1981–present

William "Bill" Hope (born 1955) is a Canadian stage, film, television and voice actor.


Most of Hope's stage work has been leading roles in a wide variety of regional, touring and West End theatres in England.

Early on, he turned down a major role in Kubrick's Full Metal Jacket for a lead role in James Cameron's Aliens (1986) as Lt. Gorman, for which he began to receive recognition.[1] Soon after he appeared as Kyle MacRae in the horror film Hellbound: Hellraiser 2 (1988), the sequel to Clive Barker's Hellraiser (1987).

After Hellbound, Hope went on to a number of theatrical films while working a lot on stage and in radio drama. Seen in parts in Shining Through (1992) and The Saint (1997), Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (2004) and xXx (2002). He co-starred in two Wesley Snipes' action epics The Marksman (2005) and The Detonator (2006) and as the villain in Steven Seagal's action movie Submerged (2005).

Recently seen on TV as Harry Ramos in the award winning TV docudrama 9/11: The Twin Towers (2007), and as the President of Lehman Brothers in The Last Days of Lehman Brothers (2009) starring James Cromwell, in theatrical releases he has been seen opposite Woody Harrelson in The Walker (2007), Robert Downey Jr. in Sherlock Holmes (2009),[2] and The Whistleblower (2010) with Rachel Weisz and Legacy with Idris Elba. His most recent television work included playing Matt LeBlanc's agent in Episodes (2011). He was also in Luc Besson's The Lady (2012) about the life of Aung San Suu Kyi and in 2011 he guest-starred in the BBC's final series of "Spooks" (2002) and alongside Johnny Depp in Tim Burton's Dark Shadows (2012).

Since 2009, he has been heard as many of the voices of the Thomas & Friends children's TV and DVD series. He also returned to the horror genre, working in the Solar Film's experimental Dark Floors, released in Europe in 2008. He is regularly heard on BBC Radio and is part of the BBC "Broken News" cast. He appeared in a book tour with Tim Parfitt, his brother-in-law.[3]


Year Title Role Notes
2015 Thomas & Friends: Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure Edward and Toby Film; Supporting Role; US voice
Thomas & Friends: The Adventure Begins Edward Film; Main Role; US voice
2014 Thomas & Friends: Tale of the Brave Edward and the Dock Manager Film; Supporting Role; US voice
2013–2014 Rãmâi cu mine Tony Five episodes
2013 Agatha Christie's Marple Lippincott One Episode
Thomas & Friends: King of the Railway Edward and Toby Film; Supporting Role; US voice
Walking with the Enemy Carl Lutx
Burton & Taylor John Cullum
2012 Thomas & Friends: Blue Mountain Mystery Edward, Toby and Rocky Film; US voice
Dark Shadows Sheriff Bill of Collinsport
2011 Captain America: The First Avenger SHIELD Lieutenant Film
Spooks Jim Coaver Season 10
The Lady James Baker
Thomas & Friends: Day of the Diesels Edward, Toby and Rocky Film; US voice
Spiders 3D Col. Jenkins
Cold Fusion Willis
2010 The Whistleblower John Blakely
Thomas & Friends: Misty Island Rescue Edward, Toby, Whiff, Bash, Rocky and the Dock Manager Film; US voice
The Glass House Charles Lutz
Legacy Mark Star
2009 Sherlock Holmes John Standish
Thomas & Friends: Hero of the Rails Edward, Toby and Rocky Film; US voice
2009–present Thomas & Friends Edward, Toby, Whiff, Bert (Season 16 onwards; US/UK), Bash, Rocky, Stephen Hatt, Farmer McColl, Farmer Trotter, The Dock Manager, The Maithwaite Stationmaster (Double Trouble and Wonky Whistle only) and The Knapford Stationmaster (Season 17 onwards) Main/Recurring Roles; UK;US
2008 Dark Floors Jon
2007 Finding Rin Tin Tin Major Snickens
Trade Routes Richter
The Walker Mungo Tenant
2006 9/11: The Twin Towers Harry Ramos
The Detonator Michael Shepard
2005 The Marksman Jonathan Tensor
Submerged Agent Fletcher
2004 Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow American Broadcaster
2003 Labyrinth Robert Fisk
Cockroach Blue Flush Head
2002 xXx Agent Roger Donnan
2001 Never Say Never Mind: The Swedish Bikini Team Bill Mason
2000 Obedience Dr. Norton
1997 The Saint State Department Official
1993 Dropping the Baby Harry
1992 Shining Through Kernohan
1988 Hellbound: Hellraiser II Kyle MacRae
1987 Going Home Lieutenant Anson
1986 Aliens Lieutenant Gorman
1983 The Lords of Discipline Senior
1982 Poltergeist Dana's Boyfriend In Car (cameo; uncredited)
Scanners Hazmat Worker (uncredited)


  • Mummies: Secrets of the Pharaohs (2007) - Charles Wilbour
  • Superior Firepower: The Making of 'Aliens (2003) (V) - Himself
  • McLibel (1998) - Guardian Newspaper Representative

Video games


  1. ^ Grant, Barry Keith (1996). The dread of difference: gender and the horror film. University of Texas Press. p. 186. ISBN 0-292-72794-1. 
  2. ^ "Movie Review - Sherlock Holmes". RTE. 21 December 2009. Retrieved 9 May 2011. 
  3. ^ We're All Neighbors website. Accessed May 10, 2011.

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