William Hartnell

William Hartnell

William Henry Hartnell (8 January 1908 – 23 April 1975), also known as Billy Hartnell or Bill Hartnell, was an English actor. Hartnell played the first incarnation of the Doctor in Doctor Who, from 1963 to 1966. He was also known for his roles as Sergeant Grimshaw, the title character of the first Carry On film, Carry On Sergeant in 1958, and Company Sergeant Major Percy Bullimore in the sitcom The Army Game from 1957 until 1958, and again in 1960. Hartnell entered the theatre in 1925 working under Frank Benson as a general stagehand. He appeared in numerous Shakespearian plays, including The Merchant of Venice (1926), Julius Caesar (1926), As You Like It (1926), Hamlet (1926), The Tempest (1926) and Macbeth (1926). He also appeared in She Stoops to Conquer (1926), School for Scandal (1926) and Good Morning, Bill (1927), before performing in Miss Elizabeth's Prisoner (1928). This play was written by Robert Neilson Stephens and E. Lyall Swete. It featured the actress Heather McIntyre, whom he married during the following year. His first of more than sixty film appearances was in Say It With Music (1932). Hartnell continued to play comic characters until he was cast in the robust role of Sergeant Ned Fletcher in The Way Ahead (1944). From then on his career was defined by playing mainly policemen, soldiers, and thugs. Hartnell's performance in This Sporting Life was noted by Verity Lambert, the producer who was setting up a new science-fiction television series for the BBC entitled Doctor Who; and, mainly on the strength of that performance, Lambert offered him the title role.
    Known for
    Acting
    Place of birth
    St. Pancras, London, England, UK
    Birthday
    1/8/1908
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Carry On Sergeant
6.4
Appointment with Crime
Appointment with Crime
5.9
The Agitator
The Agitator
6
Doctor Who: The Aztecs
Doctor Who: The Aztecs
7.8
Doctor Who: The Edge of Destruction
Doctor Who: The Edge of Destruction
5.8
Doctor Who: Marco Polo
Doctor Who: Marco Polo
7.2
Doctor Who: The Sensorites
Doctor Who: The Sensorites
5
Doctor Who: The Keys of Marinus
Doctor Who: The Keys of Marinus
5.9
Doctor Who: The Dalek Invasion of Earth
Doctor Who: The Dalek Invasion of Earth
7.4
Doctor Who: Planet of Giants
Doctor Who: Planet of Giants
7
Doctor Who: The Reign of Terror
Doctor Who: The Reign of Terror
6.8
Doctor Who: The Web Planet
Doctor Who: The Web Planet
6.2
Doctor Who: The Romans
Doctor Who: The Romans
7.9
Doctor Who: The Crusade
Doctor Who: The Crusade
6.2
Doctor Who: The Rescue
Doctor Who: The Rescue
6.2
Doctor Who: The Space Museum
Doctor Who: The Space Museum
6.6
Doctor Who: The Daleks' Master Plan
Doctor Who: The Daleks' Master Plan
7.8
Doctor Who: The Time Meddler
Doctor Who: The Time Meddler
8
Doctor Who: The Chase
Doctor Who: The Chase
6.8
Doctor Who: The Myth Makers
Doctor Who: The Myth Makers
7.3
Doctor Who: Galaxy 4
Doctor Who: Galaxy 4
5.7
Doctor Who: The Massacre of St Bartholomew's Eve
Doctor Who: The Massacre of St Bartholomew's Eve
7
Doctor Who: The Savages
Doctor Who: The Savages
7.3
Doctor Who: The War Machines
Doctor Who: The War Machines
7.3
Doctor Who: The Celestial Toymaker
Doctor Who: The Celestial Toymaker
5.3
Doctor Who: The Ark
Doctor Who: The Ark
6.8
Doctor Who: The Gunfighters
Doctor Who: The Gunfighters
7.7
Doctor Who: The Smugglers
Doctor Who: The Smugglers
5.7
Jackpot
Jackpot
5
Strawberry Roan
Strawberry Roan
6
Doctor Who: An Unearthly Child
Doctor Who: An Unearthly Child
7.5
Doctor Who: The Tenth Planet
Doctor Who: The Tenth Planet
7.9
Doctor Who: The Daleks
Doctor Who: The Daleks
7.6
Murder in Reverse?
Murder in Reverse?
6
Doctor Who: Galaxy 4
Doctor Who: Galaxy 4
0
Doctor Who: The Daleks in Colour
Doctor Who: The Daleks in Colour
4.8
Yangtse Incident: The Story of H.M.S. Amethyst
Yangtse Incident: The Story of H.M.S. Amethyst
7.1
Date with Disaster
Date with Disaster
5.3
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And the Same to You
5.6
Follow the Lady
0
Tons of Trouble
Tons of Trouble
4.7
The Sets of Marinus
The Sets of Marinus
0
Talking Doctor Who
Talking Doctor Who
5
The Mouse That Roared
The Mouse That Roared
6.3
Brighton Rock
Brighton Rock
6.9
Escape
Escape
6
Temptation Harbour
Temptation Harbour
4.8
Doctor Who: The Three Doctors
Doctor Who: The Three Doctors
7.2
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Double Confession
6
This Sporting Life
This Sporting Life
7
The Night We Dropped a Clanger
The Night We Dropped a Clanger
5.9
The World Ten Times Over
The World Ten Times Over
7
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4.5
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To Have and to Hold
5
The Hypnotist
The Hypnotist
5.3
The Dark Man
The Dark Man
6.3
Remembering 'The Aztecs'
Remembering 'The Aztecs'
0
Don't Lose Your Head
Don't Lose Your Head
0
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Hell Drivers
6.7
Private's Progress
Private's Progress
6.3
Headline
Headline
5.5
Piccadilly Third Stop
Piccadilly Third Stop
6.5
Will Any Gentleman...?
Will Any Gentleman...?
5.6
The Perfect Flaw
0
The Bells Go Down
The Bells Go Down
7.4
The Ringer
The Ringer
5.8
Masters of Sound
Masters of Sound
0
Vision On
Vision On
0
Odd Man Out
Odd Man Out
7.4
The Dark Tower
The Dark Tower
6.1
Midnight at Madame Tussaud's
Midnight at Madame Tussaud's
6
The Lost People
5.7
Doublecross
7
Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor
Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor
8.2
Tomorrow at Ten
Tomorrow at Ten
7.3
Doctor Who: The Five Doctors
Doctor Who: The Five Doctors
8
The Peterville Diamond
The Peterville Diamond
5.3
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Now Barabbas
6.5
Footsteps in the Fog
Footsteps in the Fog
7.2
They Drive by Night
They Drive by Night
5.8
Josephine and Men
Josephine and Men
6.3
The Desperate Man
The Desperate Man
5
Murder Will Out
0
Creation of the Daleks
Creation of the Daleks
0
The Way Ahead
The Way Ahead
6.6
They Flew Alone
They Flew Alone
6
The Holly and the Ivy
The Holly and the Ivy
7
Inside the Spaceship: The Story of the TARDIS
Inside the Spaceship: The Story of the TARDIS
0
Suspected Person
Suspected Person
5.5
The Guv'nor
The Guv'nor
7.3
Sabotage at Sea
Sabotage at Sea
5
Heavens Above!
Heavens Above!
6.2
Shake Hands with the Devil
Shake Hands with the Devil
6.6
The Crimson Circle
The Crimson Circle
5.5
Doctor Who: Twice Upon a Time
Doctor Who: Twice Upon a Time
8
The Pickwick Papers
The Pickwick Papers
6.5
They Came by Night
They Came by Night
5
Doctor Who: Earthshock
Doctor Who: Earthshock
8.7
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The Goose Steps Out
6.4
That's Carry On!
That's Carry On!
5.8
The Magic Box
The Magic Box
6.3
Freedom Radio
Freedom Radio
6.3
Farewell Again
Farewell Again
5
An Adventure in Space and Time
An Adventure in Space and Time
7.7
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