Bill Ward (actor)

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Bill Ward
Born (1967-05-05) 5 May 1967 (age 54)
Alma mater Bristol University
OccupationActor, photographer
Years active1984–present
Known for Coronation Street (2003–2007)
Emmerdale (2013–2017)

Bill Ward (born 5 May 1967) is an English actor. He is known for his soap opera roles as Charlie Stubbs in Coronation Street and James Barton in Emmerdale .


Early life

Ward was educated at Oundle School and Bristol University where he obtained a degree in Modern British History, [1] and worked as an advertising executive before beginning his professional acting career in the 1980s. [1]


He acted widely in theatre and television, joining the cast of Coronation Street in 2003, portraying local builder Charlie Stubbs, until 2007 when his character was killed by Tracy Barlow after a domestic abuse storyline. [2] He made his second appearance in a major soap opera role as James Barton in Emmerdale beginning in 2013. [3] However, Ward announced in August 2016 that he is quitting the soap, his character was killed off in October 2016. Outside acting, Ward is noted as a photographer. [4] Bill Ward also had a role back in 2003 in BBC TV's EastEnders , where he played the role of Mike Parker. He also has had roles in hit shows such as ITV's The Bill , Heartbeat and many more well known shows. In 2019, he starred as retired drag queen Hugo Battersby / Loco Chanelle in acclaimed musical Everybody's Talking About Jamie at the Apollo Theatre for a very limited run. In December 2020 it was revealed that Ward had undertaken work as a delivery driver for Tesco after several acting jobs he had scheduled were cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. [5]


1984 Secret Places Mr. Watts
2001 Jonathan Creek Vernon Spools
2002 In Deep Policeman
Footballers' Wives Mike Grainger
Rose and Maloney Mikey
2003 EastEnders Mike Parker
Holby City Patrick Sanders
2003–2007 Coronation Street Charlie Stubbs 418 episodes
2007 Cold Blood Paul Attwell
2008 Midsomer Murders Sam Nelms
Heartbeat Mad Dan Neeley
2003, 2008 The Bill Rob Towler / Charlie Phillips6 episodes
2009 Robin Hood Rufus1 episode
Everything But the BallGeoff
2009, 2012 Doctors Reverend Roderick McAllister / Larry Bryan2 episodes
2010TangledNick Hobbes
2011 The Great Ghost Rescue Lord Alfred Seymour
2012 Casualty Vaughan Morrison1 episode
Crime Stories Carl Thompson
2013 Silent Witness Hearns2 episodes
2013–2017 Emmerdale James Barton 341 episodes
2020 After Life Simon3 episodes
2021 Before We Die Sean Hardacre3 episodes
2021 Casualty Mike Sartwell1 episode

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  1. 1 2 "About Bill". Bill Ward Photography. Archived from the original on 12 May 2016. Retrieved 12 May 2016.
  2. Dainty, Sophie (4 April 2013). "Former 'Coronation Street' actor Bill Ward 'glad' about Charlie legacy". Digital Spy.
  3. Lloyd, Albertina (29 August 2013). "From the cobbles to the Dales: Coronation Street actor Bill Ward joins Emmerdale". The Independent.
  4. Whetstone, David. "Ex-Corrie actor Bill Ward on his passion for photography" . Retrieved 25 July 2018.