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Paul Copley

Paul Copley
Born Paul Mackriell Copley
(1944-11-25) 25 November 1944
Denby Dale, West Riding of Yorkshire, England, UK
Occupation Actor, voice-over artist
Years active 1973–present
Spouse(s) Natasha Pyne (1972– present)

Paul Mackriell Copley (born 25 November 1944) is an English actor and voice-over artist.


  • Early life 1
  • Career 2
  • Personal life 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Early life

Copley was born in Denby Dale, West Riding of Yorkshire, and grew up beside a dairy farm there. His father, Harold, was involved with local amateur dramatic productions, as were the rest of his family. He went to Penistone Grammar School, then the Northern Counties College of Education in Newcastle upon Tyne, where he received an Associate of the Drama Board (ADB) in Drama. He taught English and Drama in Walthamstow, before he joined the Leeds Playhouse Theatre-in-education Company in 1971.


In 1976, Copley won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor in a New Play for his role in John Wilson's For King and Country.

After appearing as Private Wicks in the 1977 film The Old School Tie. He narrates the Channel 4 programme, How Clean is Your House?. He featured in the ITV children's hit show "Best Friends" 5 episodes in 2005–06, playing the grandfather.

He is a noted perennial Radio 4 radio play actor, usually in gritty or romantic plays or series about hard-working folk set in the north of England, often repeated on BBC Radio 4 Extra. Whenever a genial Yorkshire accent has been cast in the BBC radio drama department, he has often been summoned. Copley played the long-suffering teacher Geoff Long in one of Radio 4's best loved series, King Street Junior. Covering ten series and some seventy six episodes, this ran on BBC Radio 4 from 1985 to 1998. He also narrated the 1985 Yorkshire Television nine part serial adaptation of The Pilgrim's Progress entitled Dangerous Journey.

On 13 February 2006, Copley appeared as an angry hostage-taker in an episode of the crime drama Life on Mars. Copley appeared in the TV Soap Coronation Street on 8 August 2007, portraying a character called Ivor Priestley, and in the TV adaptation of The Worst Witch (TV series) by Jill Murphy, as wizard and former-frog, Algernon Rowan-Webb.

From 1998 to 2003 appeared as Mathews in the Meridian Television series Hornblower

In 2009 he appeared in the third series of BBC One show Torchwood.

In 2010 he appeared in an episode of BBC One show Casualty and Survivors.

In 2011 he appeared as William Mason's father in several episodes of Downton Abbey, and in 2012 played Alan in White Heat.

In 2014 he played the part of Malcolm Kenrich in the episode "On Harbour Street" of the TV series Vera.

He is currently narrating for the Channel 5 programme 'The Railway - First Great Western' of which there are 12 episodes. He also features as the father in Tom Wrigglesworth's Hang-Ups, a commedy on BBC Radio 4.

Personal life

He married the actress Natasha Pyne in 1972, after performing with her in a Leeds Playhouse production of Frank Wedekind's Lulu, adapted by Peter Barnes, directed by Bill Hays in 1971.


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