William "Bill" Hope is a Canadian stage, film, television and voice actor. Early in his career he turned down a major role in Kubrick's Full Metal Jacket for a lead role in James Cameron's Aliens (1986) as Lt. Gorman, for which he began to receive recognition. Soon after, he appeared as Kyle MacRae in the horror film Hellbound: Hellraiser 2, the sequel to Clive Barker's Hellraiser.
After Hellbound, Hope went on to a number of theatrical films while working a lot on stage and in radio drama. He has been seen in parts in Shining Through, The Saint, Sky Captain, World of Tomorrow and xXx. He co-starred in two Wesley Snipes' action epics which were The Marksman and The Detonator as well as the villain in Steven Seagal's action movie Submerged.
Recently Hope was seen on TV as Harry Ramos in the award winning TV docudrama 9/11: The Twin Towers, and as the President of Lehman Brothers in The Last Days of Lehman Brothers starring James Cromwell. In theatrical releases he has been seen in The Walker, Sherlock Holmes, The Whistleblower, and Legacy with Idris Elba. His most recent television work included playing Matt LeBlanc's agent in Episodes. He was also in Luc Besson's The Lady, BBC's final series of Spooks, and alongside Johnny Depp in Tim Burton's Dark Shadows.
Since 2009, he has been providing voices for Edward, Toby, Whiff, Rocky and Farmer McColl in the US dub of the Thomas & Friends children's TV and DVD series. He also returned to the horror genre, working in the Solar Film's experimental "Dark Floors", released in Europe in 2008. He is regularly heard on BBC Radio and is part of the BBC "Broken News" cast.