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Horror Icon Doug Bradley To Receive Lifetime Achievement Award at The New York City Horror Film Fest

By Tammy Reese

Horror icon Doug Bradley will be honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the upcoming New York City Horror Film Festival. Known to audiences around the world for his unforgettable portrayal of the iconic Lead Cenobite, universally known as Pinhead, in Clive Barker’s Hellraiser series, Bradley has left an indelible mark on the genre.

The Lifetime Achievement Award is a well-deserved recognition of Bradley’s immense contribution to the world of horror. His dedication to his craft and ability to bring complex characters to life have earned him a special place in the hearts of horror enthusiasts worldwide.

The New York City Horror Film Festival invites all fans and admirers of Doug Bradley’s work to join them as they celebrate this remarkable actor and pay tribute to his outstanding career. It is an event not to be missed for anyone who appreciates true talent in horror cinema.


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Doug Bradley is known to audiences around the world for his performance as the iconic Lead Cenobite — universally known as Pinhead — in Clive Barker’s Hellraiser (1987) and seven sequels (1989–2002). Born in Liverpool, England, in 1954, Doug has described as “the moment that changed my life” the day in 1969 when he reported for rehearsals for the school play at Quarry Bank High School and met his fellow cast members, which included Barker. The pair worked together, creating independent theater from musicals to mime through the 1970s in Liverpool and London, culminating in The Dog Company, performing original plays by Barker, with Doug appearing, among many others, as The Devil (The History of The Devil) and Dr. Frankenstein (Frankenstein in Love). The company disbanded in 1982, and Bradley went on to work in provincial repertory theater in England.

Doug recalls a comment to him by Clive in 1985: “I’m trying to put together an independent, low-budget British horror film, and I think there might be a part in there for you.” A year later, at Cricklewood Production Village in London, the cameras rolled on Hellraiser.

Among Doug’s more than 70 further credits are Nightbreed (1990), Prophecy: Uprising (2005), Pumpkinhead: Ashes to Ashes (2006), Book of Blood (2009), Wrong Turn 5: Bloodlines (2012), Thorns and The Exorcists (both 2023). As a voice actor, he has been heard in video games as the Sith Emperor in Star Wars: The Old Republic — Shadow of Revan (2014) and Legacy of the Sith (2022) and as Pinhead in Dead by Daylight (2022). He has also been heard as Nyarlathotep in the Howard Lovecraft trilogy (2016–18) as well as in JJ Villard’s Fairy Tales (2020), Defense of the Ancients: Dragon’s Blood (2021–22) and Invincible (2023). On TV, he was seen earlier this year as Joe Chill in an episode of the Batman spin-off Gotham Knights.

Doug has recorded a number of audiobooks, including Mister B. Gone and Tonight, Again by Clive Barker; The Venus Complex by fellow Cenobite Barbie Wilde; and Morningstar by Peter Atkins. He also recorded Doug Bradley’s Spinechillers, a cycle of over 70 classic horror stories and poems hailed by Audible as “the world’s biggest and best classic horror collection” and by Guillermo del Toro as “remarkable.” He has been publishing further genre readings on his YouTube Channel.

In the 2000s, he performed his one-man show An Evening with Death, and is also the author of Behind the Mask of the Horror Actor (originally Sacred Monsters) published by Titan Books in 1996. Still in print and still selling!

Originally married to Lynne, with whom he had two children (his daughter made him a grandfather for the first time this year), Doug has been a resident of the United States for 10 years and now makes his home just outside Pittsburgh with his wife Steph, two step-children, a dog, a cat, a turtle and a fish named Barry.

The Lifetime Achievement Award ceremony is on December 9th at LOOK Dine-In Cinema.

Live Festival starts December 7th to 10th. Virtual screenings are held from December 8th to the 12th next day

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Tammy Reese began her career as a theater actress performing in 60 live stage shows a year with The Media Unit TV and Stage Production Company. She also directed the weekly live TV show Rough Times Live.

Eventually, she went to Empire State College to obtain her degree in media studies. After graduation, she did more theater and wrote and produced her own videos to spread awareness on social issues through the arts.

Tammy is an award-winning journalist and is best known for her legendary interviews with Sharon Stone, Angela Bassett, Sigourney Weaver, Phylicia Rashad, Billy Porter, Luke Evans, Geena Davis, Morris Chestnut, Essie Davis, Lauren Cohan, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Michael James Shaw, Ross Marquand, Merritt Wever, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Giancarlo Esposito, Meagan Good, Jennifer Connelly, Laurence Fishburne, Vivica A. Fox, Omar Epps, Joseph Sikora, Nelly, Ryan Coogler, Carmen Electra, Tom Arnold, Michole Briana White, and many more.

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