William Hootkins was acclaimed in 2003 for his portrayal of Alfred Hitchcock in Hitchcock Blonde, which ran in the West End. He was a Russian expert and fluent Russian speaker. He made his feature film debut in Star Wars. Other major films included Batman, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Valentino, Flash Gordon and Hear My Song. Stage work includes a season at the Chichester Festival Theatre, and amongst his many other audio books is Moby Dick.