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Eric Anthony Roberts (born 18 April 1956[1][2]) played the Master and Bruce Gerhardt in the 1996 Doctor Who TV movie. More than twenty years later in 2019, Roberts reprised the role of the Master for Big Finish's audio adventures.

In 2007, he participated in Doctor Who Confidential, where he was interviewed about the Master.


His other starring roles include: Star 80 (1983), The Pope of Greenwich Village (1984), Best of the Best (1989) and Maul Dogs (2014). During the 2006-2007 TV season, he played the recurring villain Thompson in the NBC TV series Heroes, sharing several scenes with fellow Doctor Who alumnus Christopher Eccleston and later reprising his role in a 2008 flashback episode. He also played Sal Maroni in The Dark Knight (2008).

He is one of the few Oscar-nominated actors to later appear in Doctor Who, a status he shares with John Hurt, Sophie Okonedo, Carey Mulligan, Frank Finlay, Pauline Collins and Oscar winner Peter Capaldi. Roberts was nominated for Best Supporting Actor for the 1985 film Runaway Train.

Personal Life[]

He is married to Eliza Roberts, who played Bruce's wife Miranda Gerhardt in the TV movie. He is the father of popular actress Emma Roberts and the older brother of actress Julia Roberts.



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The Diary of River Song[]

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  1. Eric Roberts. Cineplex.com. Retrieved on 31 January 2019.
  2. Eric Roberts. BFI. Retrieved on 31 January 2019.