Hal English was born in New South Wales, Australia. To support his family, he went out to work at a young age, trying his hand at jobs like wool pressing and fishing. He became a self-taught artist, making illustrations and comics, most of them published by Offset Publishing. He worked together with Will Donald on many titles.
Some of the series he worked on are 'The Man in the Scarlet Mask', 'Special Agent's Revenge', 'Red Steele', 'Sabotage' and 'Cobra Woman'. His style was realistic, experimenting with charcoal and grease paint to heighten the dramatic effect. English also worked in animation with Monty Wedd.