Douglas William Bradley was born on 7 September 1954 in Liverpool, England. A lifelong friend of Clive Barker, the pair founded the progressive theatre group “Dog Company” in the 1970’s. After starring in a number of short movies for the group, Doug Bradley shot to stardom in his breakthrough role as Pinhead in Hellraiser.
Instantly becoming a fan favourite of horror lovers worldwide, Bradley went on to play the lead Cenobite another SEVEN times in the Hellraiser franchise! He also portrayed Captain Elliot Spencer in two of the movies. As a result, he is one of only six actors to play the same horror character at least six consecutive times. Others include horror giants such as Christopher Lee (Dracula), Robert Englund (Freddy Krueger), Brad Dourif (Chucky), Tobin Bell (Jigsaw) and Warwick Davis (Leprechaun).
Bradley was also credited in some of the Hellraiser movies as Assistant Make-up Artist due to his eventual skill in applying and removing the Pinhead makeup/prosthetics. However, he was credited as Bill Bradley (using his middle name) instead.
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Despite being synonymous with Pinhead, Bradley has also starred in a number of other horror flicks. After his roles in the Hellraiser films and the 1990 horror film Nightbreed, 2006 saw Bradley star in Pumpkinhead: Ashes to Ashes. 2008 saw him once again returning to Clive Barker‘s cinematic universe by way of a featured appearance in Book of Blood. He also had a small cameo appearance in the 2008 black comic horror The Cottage. In 2010, he starred in the Anglo-Spanish horror film Exorcismus, and he joined the Nazi zombie horror The 4th Reich in March 2010.
In 2011, he starred in the British film noir Jack Falls. Bradley also provided a voice-over for indie flick Lucifer’s Unholy Desire as well as appearring in The Reverend. In 2012, he played “Maynard” in the fifth film of the Wrong Turn series, Wrong Turn 5: Bloodlines. In 2013, he appeared in the indie flick Scream Park
Did you know?
Bradley starred alongside Robert Englund in Killer Tongue (1996)
He has performed narrations on several songs by metal band Cradle of Filth
Bradley voiced the Sith Emperor for the game Star Wars: The Old Republic
In 2018, he joined Blackcraft Wrestling as “The Preacher”, a cult leader who acts as a Manager.
Bradley is the author of Sacred Monsters: Behind the Mask of the Horror Actor. The book explores the history of masks in society and their applications in horror films.
He also supports Liverpool football club (but we can’t hold that against him!)
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