William Zappa has a career which has crossed continents and spanned five decades of elite performances in film, television, and theatre. After training at London's Central School of Speech and Drama, William worked for The Bristol Old Vic, Marlowe Theatre, Dukes Playhouse and the Theatre Royal – Stratford East. In Australia, William Zappa has played major roles for Sydney Theatre Company, Melbourne Theatre Company, Bell Shakespeare, Ensemble, Belvoir Street, State Theatre of South Australia, and Griffin. Stand-out roles include Willy Loman in Death of a Salesman (SATC) his award-winning 1characters in Bell Shakespeare's Government Inspector (Green Room Award), Anthony in BSC'c Anthony and Cleopatra, Max in Rock and Roll (STC, MTC) Edward Damson in Gift of The Gorgon (STC). He also won two awards for his portrayal of Thenardier in Les Miserables, the role which inspired him to write Winter's Discontent, his critically acclaimed one-man show.
Film work includes: Dead Europe, Men's Group, The Monkeys Mask, The Rage in Placid Lake, Head On, Bootmen, Quigley Down Under, Mad Max 2 and a New Zealand Film Best Actor Award nomination for Crush. Television work includes: Rake, Magazine Wars, City Homicide, All Saints, GP, and a Penguin Award for Best Actor in Women of the Sun.