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Bill Ward

Bill Ward is a multi-award winning photographer and actor, born and raised in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England.

He was awarded the Adobe Prize at the 2015 UK Landscape Photographer of the Year Awards (also Commended 2013 and 2020), Best Seascape at the 2020 Scottish Landscape Photographer of the Year Awards, and runner up in the “Your Vision” category at SLPOTY 2021. His work is frequently Commended, Shortlisted and Nominated in competitions all over the world.

He is a regular writer and contributor for the worldwide “ICM Photography Magazine”, gives talks at Photographic Societies all over the UK, and is proud to be an Ambassador for Pentax/Ricoh Imaging.

He specialises in creative photography, and is particularly drawn to water. A lifelong traveller, he’s interested not just in the places he goes, but the time that he spends in them. It's this that forms the basis of his work: specifically how it felt to spend this particular time, with this particular place.

As an actor, he has performed in over 30 television shows and films, and 50 plays since turning professional in 2000.

He is probably best known for playing the badly behaved builder Charlie Stubbs in the UK TV show Coronation Street, a role he played for over 400 episodes and three and a half years, and for which he won a number of awards. Recent TV work includes AfterLife, Before We Die, and Vera. His Theatre work includes multiple roles in London's West End (Everybody's Talking About Jamie, Spamalot, Million Dollar Quartet, Viva Forever), UK Tours (The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, The Glee Club, Shakespeare in Love, Legally Blonde, Look Back in Anger), Rep Theatre (Bristol Old Vic, Bath Theatre Royal, Manchester Royal Exchange, Northern Stage, Theatre Clwyd), New Writing (National Theatre Studio, Battersea Arts Centre, White Bear) and Off West End (Southwark Playhouse).

Constantly in search of peace and quiet, his photography is a response, and in many ways an antidote, to the time he spends as an actor working in the public eye.