William Lindon-Travers (3 January 1922 – 29 March 1994) was an English actor, screenwriter, director and an animal rights activist.
Born in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England he and his sister Linden (1913-2001) both became actors.
Bill Travers began his acting career on the stage in 1947 then three years later made his motion picture debut. Travers co-starred with his second wife, Virginia McKenna, in a number of films, most memorably as the conservationist George Adamson in the highly successful 1966 film Born Free. The experience made him and his wife very conscious of the many abuses of wild animals in captivity that had been taken from Africa and other natural environments around the world. Together they made a number of motion pictures around the subject such as 1969's Ring of Bright Water and An Elephant Called Slowly in 1973 for which he wrote the screenplay and acted. In 1976 he wrote, directed, and produced the film, "Christian the Lion" (also known as "The Lion Who Thought He Was People").
The importance of animal rights led to Travers and his wife becoming involved in the "Zoo Check Campaign" in 1984 that evolved to their establishing the "Born Free Foundation", in 1991.
Bill spent his last three years traveling around Europe's slum zoos and a TV documentary that he made exposed the appalling suffering of thousands of animals. Bill Travers died in Dorking, Surrey, aged 72. His wife and best friend Virginia McKenna carries on his work to help the many suffering animals.
- Trio (1950)
- The Browning Version (1951) (uncredited)
- Romeo and Juliet (1954)
- Geordie (1955)
- Footsteps in the Fog (1955)
- Bhowani Junction (1956)
- The Seventh Sin (1957)
- The Barretts of Wimpole Street (1957)
- The Smallest Show on Earth (1957)
- The Bridal Path (1959)
- Gorgo (1961)
- Born Free (1966), as real-life wildlife expert George Adamson
- Duel at Diablo (1966), as Scotty McAllister
- The Lions Are Free (1967). Travers plays himself in the real-life sequel to the award winning movie Born Free. With the help of conservationist George Adamson, he goes to a remote area of Kenya, Africa to find the lions who acted in the movie. This is a film with some scenes of George Adamson and Bill interacting with lions who are living free. James Hill who directed Born Free produced this film along with Bill Travers. In November 2006, this film and the film The Lion At World's End were both released on DVD.
- A Midsummer Night's Dream (1968)
- An Elephant Called Slowly (1969) Travers plays himself in this lighthearted drama. He and wife Virginia McKenna go to Kenya, Africa to housesit. They encounter some elephants and get advice from their friend and wildlife expert George Adamson. Also starring elephant Eleanor (Daphne Sheldrick orphan) and Pole Pole. Pole Pole's suffering and death at a zoo were to later spur Bill and wife Virginia to form Zoo Check, later called the Born Free Foundation.
- Ring of Bright Water (1969), as Graham Merrill
- The Lion at World's End (1971) Travers plays himself in this feature-length movie, for the most part filmed as it happened. A London-born lion is taken to Kenya, Africa to live a free life with the help of George Adamson.