Bill Ward

Bill Ward

Credit: Bill Ward Photography

About Bill Ward

Actor and photographer.  Ambassador for Pentax Ricoh UK.

Bill Ward is an actor and photographer, born and raised in Newcastle-upon-Tyne.He was awarded the Adobe Prize for his photograph of Kisdon Force in the Yorkshire Dales, at the 2015 UK Landscape Photographer of the Year Awards. His work was previously Commended at the 2013 Landscape Photographer of the Year Awards, and is frequently shortlisted at the same awards. He has had over twenty photographs shortlisted at Outdoor Photographer of the Year, 2 commendations at Scottish Landscape Photographer of the Year, and an Honourable Mention at the IPA 2019.His work has been exhibited in a number of fine art galleries around the country (inc the Mick Oxley Gallery in Northumberland, Contemporary Six and Wendy J Levy Gallery in Manchester), and has been featured in newspapers, magazines, advertising campaigns, and books. He uses Pentax cameras, and is proud to be an Ambassador for Pentax Ricoh UK.His primary photographic subject matter is landscapes, whether natural, urban or industrial. He is specifically drawn to water.A lifelong traveller, he is particularly 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. He has for some time now been experimenting with ICM (Intentional Camera Movement - the process of deliberately moving the camera whilst taking a picture) and in-camera Multiple Exposures, both of which he finds can be particularly revealing of the "essence" of any meeting between a person and wherever they happen to be.A professional actor for almost 20 years, his career includes extensive rep theatre experience (Bristol Old Vic, Bath Theatre Royal, Manchester Royal Exchange, Northern Stage, Theatre Clwyd), West End (Spamalot, Million Dollar Quartet, Viva Forever), New Writing (National Theatre Studio, Battersea Arts Centre, White Bear), Off West End (Southwark Playhouse), Film (A Dark Reflection, Great Ghost Rescue, Ellie Rose) and TV (Silent Witness, Robin Hood, Footballers Wives, Cold Blood, Jonathan Creek, Midsomer Murders, Casualty, Doctors, Heartbeat, Fallen, Holby City, In Deep, Make My Day, Rose and Maloney, The Bill, Coronation Street, Emmerdale, EastEnders etc.) As an actor, he is probably best known for playing the badly behaved builder Charlie Stubbs in Coronation Street, a role he played for over 400 episodes and three years, and for which he won a number of awards. He also played the long suffering farmer James Barton in Emmerdale, also for 3 years and over 300 episodes, and for which he was also nominated for a number of awards. He recently played the faded drag queen Loco Chanelle in the hit West End musical "Everybody's Talking About Jamie".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.

Professional roles: Photographer

Location: United Kingdom