William Russell

William Russell (born William Russell Enoch; 19 November 1924) is an English actor, mainly known for his television work. He was born in Sunderland, County Durham. His big break was the title role in The Adventures of Sir Lancelot on ITV in 1956, which for sale to the American NBC network became the first UK television series to be shot in colour. In 1963 he was awarded a role in Doctor Who as one of the Doctor's companions, science teacher Ian Chesterton, appearing in most episodes of the first two seasons of the programme. Russell was one of the four original cast members of Doctor Who, starring opposite William Hartnell as the Doctor, Jacqueline Hill as Barbara Wright, Carole Ann Ford as Susan Foreman and later Maureen O'Brien as Vicki. His first involvement in the series took the form of the untransmitted pilot episode, which was eventually reshot and broadcast as "An Unearthly Child". He eventually departed, alongside Hill, in the penultimate story of the second season, The Chase. Russell has continued his association with Doctor Who, having lent his voice as a narrator to several of the audio book releases of the lost 1960s episodes.


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