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Bill (2015)

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What really happened during Shakespeare's 'Lost Years'? Hopeless lute player Bill Shakespeare leaves his home to follow his dream.


Richard Bracewell





Cast overview, first billed only:
Mathew Baynton ... William 'Bill' Shakespeare / Lord Burghley / English Messenger / Customs Official
Simon Farnaby ... Earl of Croydon / Juan Domingo / Sausage / Dmitri Alexandrovitch / Fur Seller
Martha Howe-Douglas ... Anne Hathaway / Molly / Spanish Courtier / Body Collector
Jim Howick ... Christopher Marlowe / Gabriel Montoya / Cynical Jester / Palace Doorman / Mysterious Man / Even Grubbier Thief / Party Planner
Laurence Rickard ... Sir Francis Walsingham / Lope Lopez / Stand-Up Jester / Chatty Guard / Slightly Late Courtier / Ian / Hanging Criminal / Chicken Drumstick
Ben Willbond ... King Phillip II of Spain / Earl of Southampton / Grubby Thief / Alexander Dimitrievitch / Head of Guards
Helen McCrory ... Queen Elizabeth I
Damian Lewis ... Sir Richard Hawkins
David Crow David Crow ... Ramon
Rufus Jones ... Sir Walter Raleigh
Justin Edwards ... Sir Francis Drake
John Henry Falle John Henry Falle ... Miguel
Jamie Demetriou ... Sergio
Richard Atwill Richard Atwill ... Sevi
George Hewer George Hewer ... Spanish Servant #1


A down on his luck William "Bill" Shakespeare decides to pursue his latest dream: to be an aspiring writer. His adventure soon becomes dangerous when he is caught between a act of murder.

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Release Date:

18 September 2015 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Билл See more »

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Did You Know?


The ghost sequence was not achieved using digital or optical effects. It was captured 'in camera', using a Victorian stage technique called 'Pepper's Ghost': Jim Howick's performance was reflected onto a sheet of angled glass, positioned in front of the camera, while Mat Baynton performed behind the glass. See more »


When Bill and Christopher Marlowe are advertising vegetables, Bill is dressed as a tomato, which is a fruit. See more »


Earl of Croydon: Now I have to write a fantastic play, or some homacidal mainiac will cut my head off!
Ian: Well, report him to the Queen!
Earl of Croydon: I'm talking about the Queen!
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Featured in Projector: Miss You Already/Bill (2015) See more »


Roll Out The Barrels
Written by Lew Brown, Wladimir A. Timm (as Vladimir Timm), Jaromir Vejvoda and Vasek Zeman
Published by Shapiro Bernstein & Co. Limited / EMI Music Publishing Ltd
Performed by Richard Atwill, David Crow, Jamie Demetriou, Simon Farnaby & Laurence Rickard
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Surprisingly good
19 November 2017 | by diadectes58See all my reviews

I have just watched this movie on Amazon Prime. I had never heard of it but it was free to view so I thought I would give it a try. I ended up watching it till the end (plus the credits) and really enjoyed it. It was amusing rather than funny but I laughed out loud a few times. It is a bit silly so is not recommended if you like serious films. However, if you like Monty Python and Blackadder you should like this film. I will not say anything about the story as if you are reading this you are obviously on IMDb so will probably have read the plot and a few other reviews. It is definitely worth watching and surprisingly good. More so if you are from the UK as other nationalities will miss a lot of the jokes and humour. It is also full of quotes from Shakespeare, Easter Eggs and at least one reference to a certain science fiction movie.

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