Bill Thomas: BBC’s The Great Train Robbery

Date - 7 March, 2013, Television
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Bill Thomas films for The Great Train Robbery for BBC1 and plays Stan, the retired train driver. The two single films The Robbers’ Tale and The Coppers’ Tale, tell the story of the planning, execution and aftermath of The Great Train Robbery in 1963, this year is the 50th anniversary of the event.

Stan, a retired train driver is recruited to drive the stolen train. A likeable and innocent character who finds himself out of his depth! The drama will be filmed in Leeds with World Productions and is written by the creator of ITV’s popular drama, Broadchurch.


Bill Thomas is one of the most prolific character actors of his generation with over 400 roles on stage, film and television. He is perhaps best known for playing Tom Hensall in all of the BBC Series Cutting It, Charles Vance in the BBC serial The House of Elliott and is affectionately remembered as Tory Boy’s Dad in the long running comedy series Harry Enfield and Chums.

Other notable television credits include The Great Train Robbery, Da Vinci’s Demons for Starz Network, Doc Martin, Outnumbered, New Tricks, Merlin, Midsomer Murders, Foyles War, Great Expectations, Moll Flanders and Trial & Retribution.

Feature film credits include Having You, Song For Marion, Pusher, Abraham's Point, The Calcium Kid and Loving Vincent. Bill also played the co-lead in the Oscar Nominated film Syrup.

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