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Multi-talented artist, writer, and director Clive Barker is well known for his work in contemporary horror and fantasy. His earliest works were aptly titled the 'Books Of Blood', and included a quote from Stephen King on the cover that read, "I have the seen the future of horror, his name is Clive Barker." In the 1980s and 1990s, Clive moved toward modern-day fantasy and urban fantasy with horror elements in 'Weaveworld' (1987), 'The Great And Secret Show' (1989), the world-spanning 'Imajica' (1991), and 'Sacrament' (1996), bringing in the deeper, richer concepts of reality, the nature of the mind and dreams, and the power of words and memories. Barker's distinctive style is characterized by the notion of hidden fantastical worlds coexisting with our own, the role of sexuality in the supernatural, and the construction of coherent, complex and detailed universes. He likes to refer to this style as dark fantasy or the fantastique. His stories are notable for a deliberate blurring of the distinction between binary opposites such as heaven and hell, or pleasure and pain (the latter particularly so in 'The Hellbound Heart', arguably his most famous work). The films 'Hellraiser' and 'Hellbound: Hellraiser II' were based on source material from 'The Hellbound Heart', and earned a total of $26.7 million at the box office, and spawned a whole new franchise that has spanned nine films to date, with a tenth remake rumored to be on the way. He got out of production of the films after the fourth, but is properly credited in the rest. Other film adaptations of his work include 'Night Breed' (1990), 'Candyman' (1992), 'Lord Of Illusions' (1995), 'The Midnight Meat Train' (2008), and 'Dread' (2009). Barker has also published many incarnations of his work in the comic medium, working with companies like Dark Horse Comics, IDW, and Boom Studios along the way. Clive is currently in high-demand on the horror convention circuit, and makes frequent appearances when his health and time permit, often alongside many of the cast and crew he has worked with over the years. Barker is also actively involved in the best-selling 'Abarat' series, and plans on producing two more novels in the series.
Andrew Robinson, Larry from 'Hellraiser', burst onto the Hollywood scene in the 1971 Clint Eastwood classic, 'Dirty Harry'. He was cast in the supporting role of the Scorpio Killer, a character heavily based on the real-life Zodiac Killer, and received mostly positive reviews from his performance. Box Office Magazine called it "maniacal...a good blend of cunning and savagery". His performance was so good that he actually started receiving real-life death threats following the release of the film. From that point on, Robinson found himself primarily cast in demented, slasher-type roles. He got his first lead role for Clive Barker in 'Hellraiser' (1987), and appeared in the 1991 sequel 'Child's Play 3', as military barber Sgt. Botnick. He has also had a variety of one-time and recurring roles on the small screen, including popular shows like 'Law & Order', 'The X-Files', and 'The Twilight Zone'. In addition to that, Andrew was cast in 'Star Trek: Deep Space Nine' (1993), as Elim Garak, a Cardassian tailor with a secret spy past. Originally intended for only one episode, the character carried on for 37 turns, evolving from antagonist to protagonist as the series progressed. Following his experiences in front of the camera, Robinson eventually turned his attention behind the camera, directing several episodes of the series, as well as two 'Star Trek: Voyager' episodes and seven editions of 'Judging Amy', which featured his daughter Rachel in a recurring role. Andrew founded the Matrix Theater Company in Los Angeles, California, and currently heads an MFA program at the USC School of Dramatic Arts.
Following her turns in 'Hellraiser' and 'Hellbound: Hellraiser II', Clare Higgins carved her niche primarily on the small screen and the stage. Higgins was awarded the Laurence Olivier Theatre Award in 1995 (1994 season) for Best Actress in a Play for her performance in 'Sweet Bird of Youth' at the Royal National Theatre. She also went on to win the same award in both 2002 and 2005. Clare won major acclaim for her performance in 'Vincent In Brixton', including the 2002 London Critics' Circle Theatre Award for Best Actress, the 2002 London Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Actress, and a Tony award nomination for Best Actress in a Play. Her most recent on-stage credits include the National Theatre's critically acclaimed production of 'Oedipus', in which she appeared opposite Ralph Fiennes. From April to May 2009, she appeared in Wallace Shawn's 'The Fever at the Royal Court Theatre', and followed that up with a turn as the Countess Rossillion in 'All's Well That Ends Well' at the National Theatre from May to September 2009. On the big screen, she had a cameo role as the Mistress of Revels in 'Stage Beauty', alongside Claire Danes and Billy Crudup. In 2007, Higgins took the role of Ma Costa in Chris Weitz's 'The Golden Compass', which starring Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig. Most recently, Clare appeared in episodes of 'Downton Abbey' (2012), 'Doctor Who' (2013), 'Rogue' (2014) and 'New Tricks' (2014).
Sean Chapman, Frank Cotton from 'Hellraiser', has gone on to a very busy career, primarily on television and stage projects. His most recent stage projects include leading roles in 'Sleep With Me' (2002), 'Enemies' (2006), and 'A Prayer for My Daughter' (2007). His repertory work outside London during the 1980s includes 'Hamlet' (Royal Exchange), 'Pride And Prejudice' (Leicester Haymarket), 'The Clandestine Marriage' (Bristol, Old Vic), 'Comedy Of Errors' (York Playhouse), 'Wolf At The Door', and 'Invisible Friends' (Scarborough, Stephen Joseph Theatre). Film credits to his name following 'Hellraiser' include 'Tangier Cop' (1997), 'Gangster No. 1' (2000), 'A Mighty Heart' (2007), and 'Vivid' (2009). On the small screen, Sean has made numerous guest appearances on British TV, including 'Heartbeat' (2002), 'Silent Witness' (2001-2006), 'Casualty' (1993-2008) and 'The Case' (2011). A published author, Chapman wrote 'A Distant Prospect' in 2010, and is currently working on his second tome, titled 'The Blood In The Moon'.
Ashley Laurence, who played the innocent role of Kirsty Cotton in 'Hellraiser', returned to appear in three other 'Hellraiser' films- 'Hellbound: Hellraiser II' (1988), 'Hellraiser III: Hell On Earth' (1992), and 'Hellraiser: Hellseeker' (2002). In addition, she has also starred in 'The Lurking Fear' (1994), based on the H.P. Lovecraft story, 'Warlock III: The End Of Innocence' (1999), 'Lightning Bug' (2004), and 'Red' (2008). Ashley also appeared in a short film for the band Slipknot for their song 'Snuff', which was released in December 2009. Though most of her work has been in film, Laurence has also appeared in episodes of television series such as 'Suddenly Susan' (1997), 'Beverly Hills, 90210' (1999) 'ER' (2004). She's been featured in national television commercials for Geico as well as having been the sexy Coors Light 'Beerman' in one of the company's national ad campaigns. Ashley has gone on to achieve a cult status among fans who enjoyed her early work in the 'Hellraiser' films, and was featured in the 2004 E! True Hollywood Story episodes, 'Scream Queens' and 'The 100 Greatest Scary Moments'. She is a regular on the convention circuit, and is always eager to meet with her fans and discuss the genre.
The legendary Doug Bradley, who donned the pins and makeup of Pinhead for eight of the nine 'Hellraiser' films, has become a cult icon in the genre. Bradley was originally going to take the role of one of the movers in the first 'Hellraiser' film, but opted for the Lead Cenobite instead, and the rest, they say, is history. He is very close friends with Clive Barker, and the two have worked together on many projects over the years, including 'Night Breed' (1990), 'Salome & The Forbidden' (1998), and founding the 'Dog Company' progressive theatre group in London. Bradley is one of only five actors to play the same horror character on at least six consecutive occasions, joining Sir Christopher Lee (Count Dracula), Robert Englund (Freddy Krueger), Warwick Davis (Leprechaun), Brad Dourif (Chucky) and Tobin Bell (Jigsaw). His most recent genre fare includes 'Pumpkinhead: Ashes To Ashes' (2006), 'Wrong Turn 5: Bloodlines' (2012), 'Shame The Devil' (2013), and 'Death House' (2014). In addition to his on-screen work, Doug has performed narrations on several songs by English extreme metal band, Cradle of Filth, as well as contributing guest vocals to their 2008 album 'Godspeed On The Devil's Thunder', on all songs except 'Tragic Kingdom'. Forever a student of the acting craft, Doug is also the author of the book 'Sacred Masks: Behind The Mask Of The Horror Actor', which explores the history of masks in society and their applications in horror films. A regular on the convention circuit, Bradley is rumored to be working with Clive Barker on a re-make of the original 'Hellraiser' film. He lives in London with his wife Lynne, two children, and a cat.
Nicholas Vince appeared as the Chatterer Cenobite in the first two 'Hellraiser' films, although he does not portray the human incarnation of the monster in either. He also went on to work with Clive Barker again in the 1990 film 'Night Breed', in which he plays the role of Kinski. Vince has served as both secretary and chairman of the Comics Creators Guild, and wrote stories for the 'Hellraiser' and 'Night Breed' comics for Marvel, plus the series 'Warheads' and 'Mortigan Goth'. His interview series 'The Luggage In The Crypt' appeared in the magazine Skeleton Crew, and his short story 'Look, See', which gives an alternative origin of the The Chatterer, appeared in Fear magazine. He has most recently gotten back into acting, appearing in 'The Hairy Hands' (2010), 'M Is For Metamorphosis' (2013), and 'Borley Rectory' (2015). Nicholas appears on the horror convention circuit, often with his fellow Cenobite actors in 'Hellraiser' themed reunion events.
Simon Bamford, a professional actor for over 30 years, has worked all over the world, both on-stage and on-screen. At the Young Vic in London, he played Ernst Robel in 'Spring Awakening', as well as turns at the Chichester Festival Theatre, in Cairo, Egypt, and Bucharest, Romania, in 'The Complete Works of William Shakespeare' and 'Neville's Island'. He is perhaps best known as the Butterball Cenobite in the first two 'Hellraiser' films. Bamford also created and played the role of Ohnaka in Clive Barker's holocaust film 'Nightbreed' (1990). He also appeared in films such as 'The Book Of Blood' (2009), 'Dead Of The Nite' (2012) and 'The 4th Reich' (2013). On television, he can be seen in the Sky TV 'Better Effect' commercials. Simon won the 2000 Actor Of The Year award for his portrayal of Pip in 'Great Expectations' at the Vassa Theatre in Stockholm. Ever the traveler, Bamford has also designed and directed several international tours including 'The Big Day' in Sofia, Bulgaria, Qatar and Dubai as well as 'Educating Rita' in Kuala Lumpur. In 2004 he took a production of 'Shirley Valentine' to Karachi to help raise money for a new school. Most recently, he has been a theatre reviewer for 'The Stage' newspaper since 2006 and is a guest speaker at film conventions in Los Angeles, Indianapolis, Bottrop, Munster, Orlando, Boston, London and New York. He appears on the horror convention circuit from time to time, often with other 'Hellraiser' actors in special reunion events.
Grace Kirby, a cousin of Clive Barker's, has gotten out of acting and is now a drama teacher at the William Howard School in Cumbria, UK. She appeared in the TV series 'Screen Two' in the 1990 episode, 'The Man From The Pru', as the widow. Kirby was also featured in the 2001 documentary 'Boogeymen: The Killer Compilation', along with several other 'Hellraiser' actors. Her other credits include 'Heavenly Pursuits' and 'The Gospel According To Vic' both in 1986, and the TV mini-series 'The Houseman's Tale' in 1987, where she played the redhead in the first episode. Kirby appears on the horror convention circuit occasionally, often paired with other 'Hellraiser' actors.
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