William Russell (English actor)
Russell celebrating the 35th anniversary of Doctor Who, BAFTA London, 1998
William Russell Enoch
19 November 1924
Sunderland, County Durham, England
|Other names||Russell Enoch|
|Known for||First male Doctor Who companion|
|Spouse(s)||Balbina Gutierrez (divorced)|
Etheline Margareth Lewis
|Children||Alfred Enoch (born 1988)|
He came to national fame (for children, at least) in 1956 when he took the title role in The Adventures of Sir Lancelot, a weekly series on British television.
Russell was one of the four original cast members of Doctor Who, starring opposite William Hartnell as the Doctor, Jacqueline Hill as Barbara Wright, Carole Ann Ford as Susan Foreman and later Maureen O'Brien as Vicki. His first involvement in the series took the form of the untransmitted pilot episode, which was eventually reshot and broadcast as "An Unearthly Child". He eventually departed, alongside Hill, in the penultimate story of the second season, The Chase.
Russell has continued his association with Doctor Who, having lent his voice as a narrator to several of the audiobook releases of the lost 1960s episodes. He appeared in The Game, one of the continuing Doctor Who audio stories produced by Big Finish. He has also recorded readings for some of the CD audio adaptations of Doctor Who story novelisations originally published by Target Books.
In the late 1990s Russell returned to the role of Ian for the VHS release of the story The Crusade, of which the second and fourth episodes are lost. He recorded several in-character scenes to camera, which helped to bridge the gap between the existing episodes.
In 2013, the BBC produced An Adventure in Space and Time, a docudrama depicting the creation and early days of Doctor Who, as part of the programme's fiftieth anniversary celebrations. Russell appeared as a character in the drama, portrayed by actor Jamie Glover. Russell also had a cameo role in An Adventure in Space and Time playing a BBC Commissionaire (security guard) named Harry.
The same year, Russell portrayed both Ian and the First Doctor in the Big Finish audio play The Light at the End, produced to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who making him the oldest actor ever to portray The Doctor.
On 2 December 1988, Russell and his second wife, Etheline Margareth Lewis, had their first child Alfred Enoch, when he was 64 years old. Alfred is now an actor, known for portraying Dean Thomas in the Harry Potter film series and Wes Gibbins in the ABC legal drama How to Get Away with Murder.
Russell appeared in British films from 1950 onwards, appearing in well-known productions such as They Who Dare (1954), One Good Turn (1955), The Man Who Never Was (1956) and The Great Escape (1963). Later, he had minor roles in Terror (1978), Superman (1978) and Death Watch (1979) with Harvey Keitel and Harry Dean Stanton.
|1952||Gift Horse||Crewman||As Russell Enoch|
|1953||Appointment in London||RAF Officer||Uncredited|
|Intimate Relations||Michael||As Enoch Russell|
|Malta Story||Officer in Prison||Uncredited|
|The Saint's Return||Keith Merton||As Russell Enoch|
|1954||They Who Dare||Lieut. Tom Poole||As Russell Enoch|
|The Gay Dog||Leslie Gowland||As Russell Enoch|
|1955||One Good Turn||Alec Bigley|
|Above Us the Waves||Ramsey|
|1956||The Man Who Never Was||Joe|
|1957||The Big Chance||Bill Anderson|
|1958||The Adventures of Hal 5||The Vicar|
|1962||The Share Out||Mike Stafford|
|1963||Return to Sender||Mike Cochrane|
|The Great Escape||Sorren|
|1980||Death Watch||Dr Mason||As William Russel|
|1981||Mark Gertler: Fragments of a Biography||Roger Fry|
|1998||Mob Queen||Swede Carlson|
His big break was the title role in The Adventures of Sir Lancelot on ITV in 1956. Russell has acted in many plays and TV series including Disraeli, Testament of Youth and the part of Ted Sullivan, the short-lived second husband of Rita Sullivan in Coronation Street. He also had a small part in an episode of The Black Adder, as a late replacement for Wilfrid Brambell, who had become impatient with delays to his scene and left the set before shooting it, and appeared as the Duke of Gloucester in the Robin of Sherwood episode "The Pretender". Other roles include Lanscombe in an episode of the 2005 series of Agatha Christie's Poirot ("After the Funeral").
|1955, 1960||St. Ives||St. Ives||6 episodes|
|1956||Theatre Royal||Boy||Episode: "The Assassin"|
|Assignment Foreign Legion||Gerry Brooke||Episode: "The Ghost"|
|The Adventures of Aggie||Ted Jordan||Episode: "Hypertension"|
|1956–1957||The Adventures of Sir Lancelot||Sir Lancelot du lac / Sir Blaint||30 episodes|
|1957||Nicholas Nickleby||Nicholas Nickleby||10 episodes|
|Sword of Freedom||Count Rene D'Albert||Episode: "The Strange Intruder"|
|1959||Armchair Theatre||Episode: "The Girl on the Beach"|
|Tales From Dickens||David Copperfield||3 episodes|
|1960||BBC Sunday-Night Play||Col. Friedrich Eilers
|Summer Theatre: The Devil's General|
Twentieth Century Theatre: The Elder Statesman
Twentieth Century Theatre: I Have Been Here Before
Twentieth Century Theatre: The Fanatics
|1961||Hamlet (TV Serial)||Hamlet||5 episodes|
|1962–1963||The Edgar Wallace Mystery Theatre||Mike Stafford / Mike Cochrane||2 episodes|
|1963||Drama 61-67||Mick Lambert||Episode: "Drama 63: Somebody's Dying"|
|Jane Eyre||St. John Rivers||2 episodes|
|Suspense||John Richards||Episode: "The Patch Card"|
|1963–1965||Doctor Who||Ian Chesterton||77 episodes|
|1966||Breaking Point||Martin Kennedy||5 episodes|
|1966–1967||This Man Craig||Peter Rogers / Peter Woodburn / Avis||3 episodes|
|1967||Dr. Finlay's Casebook||Neville||Episode: "Who Made You?"|
|1969||Detective||Bill Cartwright||Episode: "And So to Murder"|
|Parkin's Patch||Wilkins||Episode: "No Friendship For Coppers"|
|1972–1973||Harriet's Back in Town||Tom Preston||90 episodes|
|1972–1981||ITV Playhouse||Daddy / Dr. Crane / Frank||3 episodes|
|1974||Justice||Dr. Victor Ashworth||Episode: "Point of Death"|
|Father Brown||Reverend Wilfred Bohun||Episode: "The Hammer of God"|
|Whodunnit?||Captain Alexander Anderson||Episode: "A Piece of Cake: Christmas Special"|
|1975||The Hanged Man||Peter Kroger||Episode: "Knave of Coins"|
|The Main Chance||Arnold Galbraith||Episode: "We're the Bosses Now"|
|Against The Crowd||Arthur Penwarren||Episode: "Bread and Circuses"|
|The Doll||Julian Osborne||Episode: "#1.2"|
|Three Men in a Boat||Doctor||TV Movie|
|1975–1977||Crown Court||Edward Birkland /Robert Aldrich||2 episodes|
|1977||Van der Valk||Kees Rokin||Accidental|
|1978||BBC2 Play of the Week||Lord Folkstone
|Disraeli||Wyndham Lewis||2 episodes|
|Parables||Peter Vernon||Episode: "A Gental Rain"|
|Strangers||Bamford Harker||Episode: "Accidental Death"|
|1979||Testament of Youth||Marriott||Episode: "Buxton 1913"|
|Shoestring||David Carn||Private Ear|
|Spearhead||Mr. Dickson B.F.S||Episode: "Repercussions"|
|1980||Mackenzie||Francis Hammond||2 episodes|
|Armchair Thriller||Senior Officer||Episode: "Dead Man's Kit: Part 1"|
|Play for Today||Don||Episode: "Instant Enlightenment Including V.A.T."|
|The Professionals||Charles Holly||Episode: "Involvement"|
|1983||The Black Adder||The Duke of Winchester||Episode: "The Archbishop"|
|1986||Robin of Sherwood||The Duke of Gloucester||Episode: "The Pretender"|
|1988||The Four Minute Mile||AAA Official|
|1990||Boon||John Loseley||Episode: "Tales from the River Bank"|
|1992||Coronation Street||Ted Sullivan||46 episodes|
|1995||The Affair||Dr. Hastings||TV Film|
|Casualty||Mo Meredrew||Episode: "Halfway House"|
|1997||Great Performances||Henry V (at Shakespeare's Globe)|
|2000||Heartbeat||Gabriel Firth||Episode: "Gabriel's Last Stand"|
|2005||Agatha Christie: Poirot||Lanscombe||Episode: "After the Funeral"|
|2013||An Adventure in Space and Time||Harry - Security Guard|
Russell has played a number of roles in theatre with the Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre and in the opening season of the Globe Theatre. In the 1980s, while a member of the Actors' Touring Company, he used the stage name Russell Enoch; on leaving the company he reverted to the name William Russell.
- Births, Marriages & Deaths Index of England & Wales, 1916-2005.; at ancestry.com
- Foster, Chuck (8 February 2013). "An Adventure in Space and Time: Jamie Glover to play William Russell". Doctor Who News. Retrieved 8 February 2013.
- Foster, Chuck (9 February 2013). "An Adventure in Space and Time: William Russell". Doctor Who News. Retrieved 9 February 2013.
- "An Interview with William Russell". Radio Times.
- "What Harry Potter's Alfred Enoch got up to next". Evening Standard. Retrieved 11 October 2018.
- "William Russell". IMDb. Retrieved 4 December 2017.