Bill Shakespeare is a hapless lute player with a big dream. Kicked out of his band, Bill leaves his despairing wife and kids behind in Stratford to seek fame and fortune in London. He's written a great work for the stage and he'll prove all the doubters wrong. In Madrid, King Philip II of Spain has hatched his latest plan to rid the world of his mortal enemy, Queen Elizabeth, and seize the English throne for himself. Sneaking into England with a motley crew of assassins, Philip fools desparate courtier the Earl of Croydon into helping with his devilish plot. Aided by the debt-ridden London playwright, Christopher Marlowe, Bill believes his big break has come when the Earl of Croydon offers to put on his play for Queen Elizabeth. Little does he know that Philip is using Shakespeare's first work as the centrepiece in his plan to assassinate the Queen.

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Bill (2015)

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Bill Shakespeare is a hapless lute player with a big dream. Kicked out of his band, Bill leaves his despairing wife and kids behind in Stratford to seek fame and fortune in London. He's written a great work for the stage and he'll prove all the doubters wrong. In Madrid, King Philip II of Spain has hatched his latest plan to rid the world of his mortal enemy, Queen Elizabeth, and seize the English throne for himself. Sneaking into England with a motley crew of assassins, Philip fools desparate courtier the Earl of Croydon into helping with his devilish plot. Aided by the debt-ridden London playwright, Christopher Marlowe, Bill believes his big break has come when the Earl of Croydon offers to put on his play for Queen Elizabeth. Little does he know that Philip is using Shakespeare's first work as the centrepiece in his plan to assassinate the Queen.

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Status

Released

Language

English

Country

United Kingdom
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Cast
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Mathew Baynton

William 'Bill' Shakespeare / Lord Burghley / English Messenger / Customs Official
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Simon Farnaby

Earl of Croydon / Juan Domingo / Sausage / Dmitri Alexandrovitch / Fur Seller
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Martha Howe-Douglas

Anne Hathaway / Molly / Spanish Courtier / Body Collector
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Jim Howick

Christopher Marlowe / Gabriel Montoya / Cynical Jester / Palace Doorman / Mysterious Man / Even Grubbier Thief / Party Planner
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Laurence Rickard

Sir Francis Walsingham / Lope Lopez / Stand-Up Jester / Chatty Guard / Slightly Late Courtier / Ian / Hanging Criminal / Chicken Drumstick
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Ben Willbond

King Phillip II of Spain / Earl of Southampton / Grubby Thief / Alexander Dimitrievitch / Head of Guards
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Helen McCrory

Queen Elizabeth I
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Damian Lewis

Sir Richard Hawkins
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David Crow

Ramon
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Rufus Jones

Sir Walter Raleigh
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Justin Edwards

Sir Francis Drake
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John Henry Falle

Miguel
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Jamie Demetriou

Sergio
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Richard Atwill

Sevi
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George Hewer

Spanish Servant #1
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Richard Glover

Catholic Contact
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Andy Gillies

Boris
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Jack Philips

Statue & Spanish Guard (as Philip Jackson)
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George Sawyer

Stall owner
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Tim Willbond

Tudor Tim
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Richard Czornowol

Hawker / Assistant Body Collector
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Darren Edge

Monk 2
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William Bale

Walsingham's Men
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Richard Banks

Catholic Monk
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Margaret Bell

Woman on Beach
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David Blockley

Walsingham's Men
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Lucy Brown

Susanne
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Calum C. Sutton

Walsingham's Man
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Paul Cavendish

Courtier
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Brian Clarke

Courtier
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Grant Crookes

Courtier
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Michael Degnan

Londoner
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Richie Donaldson

Thug / plague Victim
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Susie Donkin

Lady-in-waiting 4
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Joey Ellis

Bandmate Joey
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Christine Estima

Spanish Lady 9
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Sam Exley

Spanish Courtier
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Rod Glenn

Builder
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Stephen Greif

Adviser
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Cris Haris

Palace Guest
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Kate Hawley

Courtier
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Amanda Higson

Courtier
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Samantha Hindman

Quill & Rapier Landlady / Londoner
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Robin Hodges

Landlord
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Susy Kane

Lady-in-waiting 2
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Warnock Kerr

Earl of Worcester
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Matthew Kitchen

Fire Eater
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David Macey

Customs Officer
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Monty Mclaren-Clark

Street Urchin
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Tom Meeten

Servant
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Reggie Moore

Hamnet
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Jared Morgan

Protestant Bishop
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Alexander Mounsey

Palace Guard
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Shaun Newnham

Man in Tavern
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Taavi Peelo

Londoner
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Will Rastall

Bandmate 3
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Ruslan Raupov

Spanish Servant #2
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Nig Richards

Courtier
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Hugh Robb

Street Urchin
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Miley Roberts

Courtier
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Sophie Sanderson

Judith
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Olesja Sidorovich

Lady-in-waiting 6
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Mark Hindman Smith

Bridge-Leaping Peasant / Londoner (as Mark H. Smith)
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Neil Tattersall

Courtier
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Orson Thomas

Walsingham's Men
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Clare Thomson

Lady-in-waiting 3
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Lyndsey Walker

Portrait Artist
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Paula Ann Williams

Londerer
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Brian Woodward

Courtier
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Patrick Durham

Courtier (uncredited)
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Kevin Hudson

Tavern Keeper (uncredited)
Crew
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Richard Bracewell

Director
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Laurence Rickard

Writer
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Ben Willbond

Writer
Disc Releases
Disc Title Front Cover

Bill

(DVD, Box)

5/3/2016

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