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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 19 November 1924Sunderland, England, UK
Birth NameRussell William Enoch
Height 6' 0½" (1.84 m)

Mini Bio (1)

William Russell was born William Russell Enoch on 19 November 1924, in Sunderland, County Durham, England, to Eva Compston (Pile) and Alfred James Enoch. He became interested in acting at an early age. He was involved in organizing entertainments during his national service in the Royal Air Force and then, after university, went into repertory theatre. He appeared in "Hamlet" in London's West End and won a number of film roles, usually as a dashing hero. Notable TV work followed in "The Adventures of Sir Lancelot" for ITV and "Nicholas Nickleby" and "David Copperfield" for the BBC, shortly after which he was cast as Ian Chesterton in Doctor Who. He later continued a successful acting career, particularly in the theatre, and for a time held a senior post in the actor's union, Equity. In recent years he has been a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company.

His son is actor Alfred Enoch.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Anonymous

Spouse (2)

Balbina (1953 - ?) (3 children)
Etheline Margareth Lewis Enoch (? - ?) (1 child)

Trivia (3)

Father of Alfred Enoch.
Of the four original actors to travel in the TARDIS in the Doctor Who TV series, William Russell (II) is the only one NOT to make a reappearance in the series. Although the character was originally supposed to appear in the 1983 series "Mawdryn Undead", due to scheduling issues, the role was change to bring back The Brig. Lethbridge Stewart (Nicholas Courtney).
Was portrayed in 'An Adventure Through Space and Time (2013)(TV)' by Jamie Glover. Jamie's father, Julian Glover, is also a Doctor Who veteran, having played King Richard I in the Crusade story. The elder Glover also appeared in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002) with Russell's son, Alfred Enoch.

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