William Hartnell

William Hartnell

Known for: Acting
Biography: 1908-01-08
Deathday: 1975-04-23 (67 years old)

Biography

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.

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Filmography

all 117

Movies 110

TV Shows 7

Voice 2

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The Doctor (voice)
Doctor Who: The Celestial Toymaker

Doctor Who: The Celestial Toymaker (2024)

Movie
The Doctor
Doctor Who: The Daleks in Colour

Doctor Who: The Daleks in Colour (2023)

Movie
The Doctor
Tales of the Tardis

Tales of the Tardis (2023)

TV
Self
Talking Doctor Who

Talking Doctor Who (2023)

Movie
The Doctor (voice)
Doctor Who: Galaxy 4

Doctor Who: Galaxy 4 (2021)

Movie
The Doctor (1) (archive footage)
Doctor Who: Twice Upon a Time

Doctor Who: Twice Upon a Time (2017)

Movie
The Doctor (1) (archive footage)
Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor

Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor (2013)

Movie
6
The Doctor (archive footage)
An Adventure in Space and Time

An Adventure in Space and Time (2013)

Movie
ArchiveFootage
Richard Wilson - Both Feet In the Army

Richard Wilson - Both Feet In the Army (2013)

Movie
Himself
Doctor Who: The Doctors Revisited

Doctor Who: The Doctors Revisited (2013)

TV
The Doctor (archive footage)
Don't Lose Your Head

Don't Lose Your Head (2012)

Movie
The Doctor (archive footage)
Vision On

Vision On (2012)

Movie
The Doctor (archive footage)
The Sets of Marinus

The Sets of Marinus (2009)

Movie
The Doctor (archive footage)
Creation of the Daleks

Creation of the Daleks (2006)

Movie
The Doctor
Masters of Sound

Masters of Sound (2006)

Movie
The Doctor
Inside the Spaceship: The Story of the TARDIS

Inside the Spaceship: The Story of the TARDIS (2006)

Movie
The Doctor
Remembering 'The Aztecs'

Remembering 'The Aztecs' (2002)

Movie
The Doctor
Doctor Who: The Missing Years

Doctor Who: The Missing Years (1998)

Movie
The Doctor
Doctor Who: The Hartnell Years

Doctor Who: The Hartnell Years (1991)

Movie
The Doctor
Doctor Who: The Troughton Years

Doctor Who: The Troughton Years (1991)

Movie
The Doctor (1) (archive footage)
Doctor Who: The Five Doctors

Doctor Who: The Five Doctors (1983)

Movie
The Doctor (1) (archive footage)
Doctor Who: Earthshock

Doctor Who: Earthshock (1982)

Movie
Sergeant Grimshawe
That's Carry On!

That's Carry On! (1977)

Movie
The Doctor
Doctor Who: The Three Doctors

Doctor Who: The Three Doctors (1973)

Movie
Dr. Who
Doctor Who: The Tenth Planet

Doctor Who: The Tenth Planet (1966)

Movie
The Doctor
Doctor Who: The Smugglers

Doctor Who: The Smugglers (1966)

Movie
The Doctor
Doctor Who: The War Machines

Doctor Who: The War Machines (1966)

Movie
The Doctor
Doctor Who: The Savages

Doctor Who: The Savages (1966)

Movie
The Doctor
Doctor Who: The Gunfighters

Doctor Who: The Gunfighters (1966)

Movie
The Doctor
Doctor Who: The Celestial Toymaker

Doctor Who: The Celestial Toymaker (1966)

Movie
The Doctor
Doctor Who: The Ark

Doctor Who: The Ark (1966)

Movie
The Doctor/Abbot of Amboise
Doctor Who: The Massacre of St Bartholomew's Eve

Doctor Who: The Massacre of St Bartholomew's Eve (1966)

Movie
The Doctor
Doctor Who: The Daleks' Master Plan

Doctor Who: The Daleks' Master Plan (1966)

Movie
The Doctor
Doctor Who: The Myth Makers

Doctor Who: The Myth Makers (1965)

Movie
The Doctor
Doctor Who: Galaxy 4

Doctor Who: Galaxy 4 (1965)

Movie
The Doctor
Doctor Who: The Time Meddler

Doctor Who: The Time Meddler (1965)

Movie
The Doctor
Doctor Who: The Chase

Doctor Who: The Chase (1965)

Movie
The Doctor
Doctor Who: The Space Museum

Doctor Who: The Space Museum (1965)

Movie
The Doctor
Doctor Who: The Crusade

Doctor Who: The Crusade (1965)

Movie
The Doctor
Doctor Who: Lost in Time

Doctor Who: Lost in Time (1965)

TV
The Doctor
Doctor Who: The Web Planet

Doctor Who: The Web Planet (1965)

Movie
The Doctor
Doctor Who: The Romans

Doctor Who: The Romans (1965)

Movie
The Doctor
Doctor Who: The Rescue

Doctor Who: The Rescue (1965)

Movie
The Doctor
Doctor Who: The Dalek Invasion of Earth

Doctor Who: The Dalek Invasion of Earth (1964)

Movie
The Doctor
Doctor Who: Planet of Giants

Doctor Who: Planet of Giants (1964)

Movie
The Doctor
Doctor Who: The Reign of Terror

Doctor Who: The Reign of Terror (1964)

Movie
The Doctor
Doctor Who: The Sensorites

Doctor Who: The Sensorites (1964)

Movie
The Doctor
Doctor Who: The Aztecs

Doctor Who: The Aztecs (1964)

Movie
The Doctor
Doctor Who: The Keys of Marinus

Doctor Who: The Keys of Marinus (1964)

Movie
Dr. Who
Doctor Who: Marco Polo

Doctor Who: Marco Polo (1964)

Movie
Dr. Who
Doctor Who: The Edge of Destruction

Doctor Who: The Edge of Destruction (1964)

Movie
Dr. Who
Doctor Who: The Daleks

Doctor Who: The Daleks (1964)

Movie
Dr. Who / The Abbot of Amboise
Doctor Who

Doctor Who (1963)

TV
5.28
Dr. Who
Doctor Who: An Unearthly Child

Doctor Who: An Unearthly Child (1963)

Movie
Dad
The World Ten Times Over

The World Ten Times Over (1963)

Movie
Insp. Roberts
To Have and to Hold

To Have and to Hold (1963)

Movie
Major Fowler
Heavens Above!

Heavens Above! (1963)

Movie
Johnson
This Sporting Life

This Sporting Life (1963)

Movie
Freddie Maddox
Tomorrow at Ten

Tomorrow at Ten (1962)

Movie
Ghost Squad

Ghost Squad (1961)

TV
Colonel
Piccadilly Third Stop

Piccadilly Third Stop (1960)

Movie
Wally
And the Same to You

And the Same to You (1960)

Movie
5
Supt. Frawley
Jackpot

Jackpot (1960)

Movie
Smith
The Desperate Man

The Desperate Man (1959)

Movie
W / O Bright
The Night We Dropped a Clanger

The Night We Dropped a Clanger (1959)

Movie
No Hiding Place

No Hiding Place (1959)

TV
Will Buckley
The Mouse That Roared

The Mouse That Roared (1959)

Movie
Sergeant Jenkins
Shake Hands with the Devil

Shake Hands with the Devil (1959)

Movie
Strictly Confidential

Strictly Confidential (1959)

Movie
Sergeant Grimshawe
Carry On Sergeant

Carry On Sergeant (1958)

Movie
3.5
Tracey
Date with Disaster

Date with Disaster (1958)

Movie
Detective Inspector Ross
The Hypnotist

The Hypnotist (1957)

Movie
Cartley, Hawlett Manager
Hell Drivers

Hell Drivers (1957)

Movie
CSM Percy Bullimore / CSM Bullimore / Sergeant Major Percy Bullimore
The Army Game

The Army Game (1957)

TV
Leading Seaman Frank
Yangtse Incident: The Story of H.M.S. Amethyst

Yangtse Incident: The Story of H.M.S. Amethyst (1957)

Movie
Bert
Tons of Trouble

Tons of Trouble (1956)

Movie
Sgt. Sutton
Private's Progress

Private's Progress (1956)

Movie
Herbert Whiteway
Doublecross

Doublecross (1956)

Movie
Detective Sgt. Parsons
Josephine and Men

Josephine and Men (1955)

Movie
Herbert Moresby
Footsteps in the Fog

Footsteps in the Fog (1955)

Movie
Detective Inspector Martin
Will Any Gentleman...?

Will Any Gentleman...? (1953)

Movie
Company Sergeant Major
The Holly and the Ivy

The Holly and the Ivy (1952)

Movie
Sam Hackett
The Ringer

The Ringer (1952)

Movie
Irate Cabman
The Pickwick Papers

The Pickwick Papers (1952)

Movie
Recruiting Sergeant
The Magic Box

The Magic Box (1952)

Movie
6
Superintendent of Police (Harry)
The Dark Man

The Dark Man (1951)

Movie
Charlie Durham
Double Confession

Double Confession (1950)

Movie
Barnes
The Lost People

The Lost People (1949)

Movie
Warder Jackson
Now Barabbas

Now Barabbas (1949)

Movie
Inspector Harris
Escape

Escape (1948)

Movie
Dallow
Brighton Rock

Brighton Rock (1948)

Movie
2
Jim Brown
Temptation Harbour

Temptation Harbour (1947)

Movie
Fencie - the barman
Odd Man Out

Odd Man Out (1947)

Movie
5.6
Leo Martin
Appointment with Crime

Appointment with Crime (1946)

Movie
Commentator
A Defeated People

A Defeated People (1946)

Movie
Tom Masterick
Murder in Reverse?

Murder in Reverse? (1945)

Movie
Peter Pettinger
The Agitator

The Agitator (1945)

Movie
Chris Lowe
Strawberry Roan

Strawberry Roan (1944)

Movie
Sgt. Ned Fletcher
The Way Ahead

The Way Ahead (1944)

Movie
Dell
Headline

Headline (1943)

Movie
Jim Towers (as Bill Hartnell)
The Dark Tower

The Dark Tower (1943)

Movie
Brookes
The Bells Go Down

The Bells Go Down (1943)

Movie
Joseph (as Bill Hartnell)
The Peterville Diamond

The Peterville Diamond (1943)

Movie
Jacob Digby
Sabotage at Sea

Sabotage at Sea (1942)

Movie
German Officer at Station
The Goose Steps Out

The Goose Steps Out (1942)

Movie
6
Scotty
They Flew Alone

They Flew Alone (1942)

Movie
Saunders
Suspected Person

Suspected Person (1942)

Movie
Radio Location Aerial Operator (uncredited)
Freedom Radio

Freedom Radio (1941)

Movie
Undetermined Role
They Came by Night

They Came by Night (1940)

Movie
Dick
Murder Will Out

Murder Will Out (1939)

Movie
Bus Conductor
They Drive by Night

They Drive by Night (1938)

Movie
Minor Role
Farewell Again

Farewell Again (1937)

Movie
Stubbs
Midnight at Madame Tussaud's

Midnight at Madame Tussaud's (1936)

Movie
The Crimson Circle

The Crimson Circle (1936)

Movie
Car Salesman
The Guv'nor

The Guv'nor (1935)

Movie
Vickers
The Perfect Flaw

The Perfect Flaw (1934)

Movie
Mike Martindale
Follow the Lady

Follow the Lady (1933)

Movie

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Information

Known For
Acting

Gender
Male

Birthday
1908-01-08

Deathday
1975-04-23 (67 years old)

Birth Name
William Henry Hartnell

Birth Place
St Pancras, United Kingdom

Religion
Judaism

Citizenships
United Kingdom

Also Known As
Billy Hartnell , Bill Hartnell, Уильям Хартнелл


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