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Bill Ward is a British actor and photographer, born and raised in Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

He has a degree in Modern British History (Class 2.1) from Bristol University.

Bill started out in the Advertising Industry, and for over a decade had a successful career firstly as an Account Director, latterly as a Senior Strategic Planner for some of the UK's top ad agencies (inc BBH, Saatchi and Saatchi).

A professional actor since 2000, his career includes extensive rep theatre experience (Bristol Old Vic, Manchester Royal Exchange, Nothern Stage, Theatre Clwyd), West End (Spamalot, Million Dollar Quartet, Viva Forever), New Writing (National Theatre Studio, Battersea Arts Centre, White Bear), Film (Great Ghost Rescue, Ellie Rose) and TV (Silent Witness, Robin Hood, Footballers Wives, Cold Blood, Jonathan Creek, Midsomer Murders, Casualty, The Bill, Coronation Street, Emmerdale, Eastenders etc.)

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 280 episodes and three and a half years, and for which he won a number of awards. 
He is currently appearing in Emmerdale as James Barton.

As a photographer, he's essentially self taught, and has been taking photographs since the age of 6.

His work has recently been Commended and exhibited at the 2013 Landscape Photographer of the Year Awards at the National Theatre in London.

He has permanent collections with Webbs Fine Art Gallery in London, the Mick Oxley Gallery in Craster, Northumberland, The Contemporary Six Gallery in Manchester and the online gallery ElizaTheGallery.com. 

He has also had solo exhibitions at the Wendy J Levy Gallery in Manchester, The Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester, The Tabernacle in Notting Hill, and The Alhambra Gallery in Sydenham.  His work has also been exhibited at The Diemar Noble Gallery in London and the Manchester Buy Art Fair, as well as numerous bars, restaurants and cafes.

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.

His primary photographic subject matter is landscapes, whether natural, urban or industrial.  A native of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, he is specifically drawn to water, and has a strong interest in history.  Things that were once great, faded glory, a wistfulness for a time when, loom very big on his radar. He is particularly interested in how the passing of time can be captured in a single photographic frame via long exposures.