Geek Connections: DOCTOR WHO and HARRY POTTER

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They are two of Britain's biggest franchises. One of them dominated the big screen for a decade, whilst its source material set cash registers alight around the world. The other has dominated the small screen for the last ten years, growing in popularity and conquering all four corners of the globe.

Both Harry Potter and Doctor Who have showcased a huge amount of British acting talent, and there's a surprisingly large amount of actors who have starred in both of them. Here are 30 that we've spotted...


David Tennant
Barty Crouch Jr (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire) and The Tenth Doctor


John Hurt
Mr. Ollivander and The War Doctor


David Bradley
Argus Filch and Solomon (Dinosaurs on a Spaceship). David Bradley also played William Hartnell/the First Doctor in An Adventure In Space And Time, plus he voiced the Shansheeth in The Sarah Jane Adventures story, Death of the Doctor.


Michael Gambon
Professor Albus Dumbledore (Prisoner of Azkaban to Deathly Hallows Part II) and Kazran & Elliot Sardick (A Christmas Carol).


Mark Williams
Arthur Weasley and Brian Williams (Dinosaurs On A Spaceship & The Power Of Three).


Bill Nighy
Minister Rufus Scrimgeour (Deathly Hallows Part I) and Dr. Black (Vincent and the Doctor).


Warwick Davis
In the Harry Potter movies Warwick Davis has played the Goblin Bank Teller, Professor Fillius Flitwick and Griphook. He appeared as Porridge in the Doctor Who episode Nightmare In Silver.


Toby Jones
Voiced Dobby and played the Dream Lord (Amy's Choice)


Simon Fisher Becker
The Fat Friar (The Philosopher's Stone) and Dorium Maldover (The Pandorica Opens, A Good Man Goes To War and The Wedding Of River Song)


John Cleese
Nearly Headless Nick (The Philosopher's Stone and Chamber Of Secrets) and Art Gallery Visitor (City Of Death).


Shirley Henderson
Moaning Myrtle (Chamber of Secrets and Goblet of Fire) and Ursula Blake (Love and Monsters).


Zoe Wanamaker
Professor Rolanda Hooch (Philosopher's Stone) and Lady Cassandra (Doctor Who).


Terence Bayler
Played the Bloody Baron (Philosopher's Stone) and appeared in two 1960's Doctor Who episodes. First as Yendom (The Ark) and then as Major Barrington (The War Games).


Roger Lloyd Pack
Played Barty Crouch Sr. (Goblet of Fire) and John Lumic (Rise of the Cybermen & Age of Steel).


Helen McCrory
Narcissa Melfoy in Harry Potter and Rosanna Calvierri in the Doctor Who episode The Vampires Of Venice.


Adrian Rawlins
Played Harry's father, James Potter, and Doctor Ryder in Planet of the Ood.


Derek Deadman
The original Tom The Innkeeper (Philosopher's Stone) and Sontaran Commander Stor in The Invasion Of Time.


Jeff Rawle
Amos Diggory in Goblet of Fire, and Plantagenet in Frontios.


Ellie-Darcy Alden
Young Lily Potter in Deathly Hallows Part II, and Francesca Latimer in The Snowmen.


Elisabeth Spriggs
She was the "Fat Lady" guarding Gryffindor Tower in The Philosopher's Stone, and Tabby in Paradise Towers.


Julian Glover
Voiced Aragog (Chamber of Secrets) as well as playing Richard The Lionheart (The Crusade) and Count Scarlioni (City of Death)


Jimmy Gardner
Ernie the Knight Bus Driver (Prisoner of Azkaban), as well as Chenchu (Marco Polo) and Idmon (Underworld).

Also connecting the two franchises are:
  • Jessica Hynes (nee Stevenson): Voiced Mafalda Hopkirk in Order of the Phoenix (when seen in Deathly Hallows Part I the character was played by Sophie Thompson), and played Joan Redfern in Human Nature/Family of Blood.
  • Imelda Staunton: Played Dolores Umbridge in Harry Potter, and voiced the Interface in the Doctor Who episode The Girl Who Waited.
  • John Atterbury: Played Phineas Nigellus Black in Order of the Phoneix. He also appeared as a Robot in The Mind Robber, and as an Alien Guard in The War Games.
  • Jim Broadbent: Played Professor Horace Slughorn in The Half Blood Prince, and appeared as an alternative Eleventh Doctor in the Comic Relief special The Curse of Fatal Death.
  • Harry Melling: Dudley Dursley in the Harry Potter films, and grandson to Second Doctor Patrick Troughton.
  • Alfred Enoch: Played Dean Thomas in the Harry Potter films, and the son of William Russell (First Doctor companion Ian Chesterton)
  • Sean Biggerstaff: Oliver Wood in Harry Potter, and provided the voice of Chris Parsons in the 2003 web adaptation of Shada.
  • Miriam Margoyles: Professor Pomona Sprout in Harry Potter, and Leef Blathereen in The Sarah Jane Adventures (The Gift)
Did you know them all? Maybe you can name some other actors who have been in both Harry Potter and Doctor Who? If so let us know in the comments below...
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