Steven Hartley was Born in the West Yorkshire Mill town of Shipley and trained at the prestigious London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) in 1981 on the three year acting course.
Steven found his time at Drama school wonderful and exciting. He was fortunate to secure the all important equity card and first job upon leaving in 1984, starting a 6 month contract at the Colchester Mercury Theatre.
Steven worked extensively in Repertory Theatre also appearing in countless Television Commercials, his first TV appearance being a commercial for ‘Mateus Rose’ uttering the words ‘ a Mateus instead?’.
Steven had already worked on two films one with Director Franco Zefferelli when he was asked to meet for the Role of ‘James Bond’ in 1986, at the age of 26!
His name would continue to be linked with the Role throught his career until the casting of the latest Bond Movie ‘Casino Royale’ in 2005.
‘Eastenders’ in 1987 became Steven’s first major TV role playing Mathew Jackson for 2 years at a time when an episode of the show could draw up to 20 million viewers. It was a role that would mark the start of Steven becoming a familiar face on British TV over the next two decades, although not without it’s drawbacks.
In 1990 Steven laboured on a building site in West London for 6 months when acting work became scarce. However, this hiatus ended spectacularly with back to back roles in the Films ‘Split Second’ with Ruteger Hauer and ‘Columbus’ with an all star cast including Marlon Brando Benicio Del Torro Tom Selleck and Catherine Zeta Jones.
Steven has gone on to become one of the most recognisable Faces and voices in the UK in TV, Film and Theatre.
One of his most defining roles came in 2000 when he was asked to play the ill fated Superintendent Tom Chandler in UK TV’s long running police drama ‘The Bill’. Steven played the role for two and a half years before moving on to ‘Doctor’s, ‘Holby City’ ‘Casualty’ and most recently ‘Strictly confidential’ to name but a few.
His notoriety In the Bill also led to Steven being asked to join the TV Times celebrity running team. He has now competed 12 half marathons and 3 full marathons in aid of leukaemia research, his fastest marathon being 4 hours 5 mins. Steven plans a sub 4 hour marathon in the near future.
In 2004 Steven returned to the Stage after a 4 year absence to Play ‘The Ballplayer’ in Rupert Goolds acclaimed production of ‘Insignificance’ opposite Gina Bellman.
It was Steven’s first theatre work since his Role as ‘Bill Sikes’ in Sam Mendes’ awarding winning production of ‘Oliver!’ at the London Palladium, where Steven played opposite two great ‘Fagin’s’: Robert Lindsay and Russ Abbott. Steven would return to the Role in 2010 at The Theatre royal Drury Lane opposite Omid Djalili, Gryff Rhys Jones and Russ Abbott after completing a run in the successful show ‘Dirty Dancing’ at The Aldwych Theatre.
Steven has also returned to the big screen, he was last seen as Nicholas Cogez in the 2000 movie ‘Dog of Flanders’ with John Voight.
He can be seen the 2007 movie ‘The Walker’ by Oscar winning writer /director Paul Schrader alongside an all star cast including Woody Harleson, Kristin Scott Thomas, Willem Defoe and Lauren Bacall. Steve plays lobbyist Robbie Konensburg.
In recent years Steven has become one of the most familiar voices on TV and Radio, voicing countless commercials, documentaries, movies and winning awards for audio books as well as being the station voice for the UK’s largest commercial radio Station ‘Talksport’.
Steven lives in South London with his wife actress Abby Francis and daughter Tess.
In 2009 Steven formed Flood Street Films with fellow actor and Star of the ‘Sharpe’ TV series Daragh O’Malley. Their first project ‘Funny Money’ a drama for prime time TV is due to start shooting in 2010.