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Kenneth Cope

Mostly Credited As: Kenneth Cope
Birth Name: Kenneth Charles Cope
Date Of Birth: June 14, 1931 (Age 83)
Country Of Birth: United Kingdom
Birth Place: Liverpool, England
Height: 5' 9" (1.75 m)

Kenneth Cope


Kenneth Cope has been in show business for over 50 years. Born and raised in Liverpool, Cope studied acting at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. He landed a number of small parts in movies (Dunkirk, X the Unknown) and television shows (including Ivanhoe, which starred Roger Moore) throughout the mid-1950s.

The 60s brought Cope's greatest success, beginning in 1961 when he landed the role of petty thief Jed Stone on Coronation Street. The following year he became part of the ensemble cast on the ground-breaking satire/spoof program That Was the Week That Was. He served as writer and performer on the show while continuing his job on Coronation Street. Cope also began to receive more movie roles, including The Damned (which featured American actor Macdonald Carey), Father Came Too!, and the crime drama Dateline Diamonds, which featured musical performances by the Small Faces. Cope also had a radio show during this time, and he recorded a novelty tune called "Hands Off, Stop Mucking About."

In 1968 Cope was cast in his best-known role, private detective Marty Hopkirk, in the ITC production Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased). His role as the ghost of a murder victim lasted only one year; however, Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) won fans the world over in syndication. The show still has a loyal worldwide fan base, and the series has been released on DVD.

The series only lasted on year, but Kenneth Cope became an in-demand actor. He appeared in two movies from the "Carry On" series, Carry On at Your Convenience and Carry On Matron. One film he starred in, A Touch of the Other, also gave Cope the opportunity to sing the movie's theme song.

During this time he also made guest appearances on shows (from The Avengers to one of the last episodes in the Tom Baker era of Doctor Who). He also branched out into writing, authoring two books, Striker and Striker - Leg 2, which became the basis for a children's television show. He also wrote for a television program called Thingumybob, which may be best known because of the fact that the theme song, performed by the Black Dyke Mills Band, was written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney. In addition to his acting roles in the 1980s, Cope opened a restaurant in Oxfordshire and named it Martha's Kitchen after his daughter.

Although he has reached a point where most actors would retire, Cope still continues to act. He spent three years on the cutting edge soap opera Brookside playing a widower.

In 1961, while working on Coronation Street, Cope met Renny Lister, an actress cast to play the girlfriend of Cope's Jed Stone character. Her part on the show was brief, but Cope and Lister married. They have three children, all of whom are in show business. Daughter Martha is an actress. Sons Mark and Nick are musicians. They fronted a band in the 1990s called the Candyskins. Although the band did not obtain any success in the U.S., their song "Feed It" was featured in the Adam Sandler movie The Waterboy.

TV Appearances

Main cast 
Brookside (1982)As: Ray Hilton (1999-2002)
Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) (1969) (1969)As: Marty Hopkirk
That Was the Week That Was (1962)As: Himself
Coronation Street (1960)As: Jed Stone (1961-1966, 2008-2009)
Kipps (1960)As: Buggins
Episode Cast Credits 

The Greatest Carry on Films (2011) 
  Episode 1 01x01: (Dec/27/2011) As Himself 

Last of the Summer Wine (1973) 
  All That Glitters is Not Elvis 29x05: (Jul/20/2008) As Lance 
  The Love-Mobile 18x01: (Apr/20/1997) As Lance 

The Royal (2003) 
  Dr Who? 06x05: (Apr/22/2007) As Albert Trent 

Doctors (2000) 
  Invisible Touch 08x166: (Mar/14/2007) As Frank Leakey 
  Too Darn Hot 06x26: (May/17/2004) As Brian Holland 

The Bill (1984) 
  Episode 379 22x02: (Jan/05/2006) As Jimmy Hastings 
  Episode 378 22x01: (Jan/04/2006) As Jimmy Hastings 
  It's a Small World 08x16: (Feb/25/1992) As P.C. Derton 

Waking the Dead (2001) 
  Shadowplay (2) 04x12: (Aug/16/2004) As Neville Harding 
  Shadowplay (1) 04x11: (Aug/15/2004) As Neville Harding 

Kavanagh Q.C. (1995) 
  Time of Need 05x03: (Mar/22/1999) As Maurice Fitzalan 

Goodnight Sweetheart (1993) 
  The Leaving of Liverpool 04x05: (Apr/08/1997) As Landlord 

A Touch of Frost (1992) 
  True Confessions 05x03: (Feb/23/1997) As Charlie Fairclough 

Lovejoy (1986) 
  Somewhere Over the Rainbow 06x03: (Oct/16/1994) As John Ikin 

Casualty (1986) 
  Value For Money 08x19: (Jan/22/1994) As Les Hocknall 
  Desperate Odds 03x02: (Sep/16/1988) As Archie Higgs 

Bergerac (1981) 
  Natural Enemies 07x02: (Feb/04/1989) As Ted Swinton 

Rumpole of the Bailey (1978) 
  Rumpole and the Judge's Elbow 04x04: (Feb/09/1987) As Norman 

Miss Marple (1984) 
  Sleeping Murder 01x06: (Jan/11/1987) As Jackie Afflick 

Minder (1979) 
  Waiting for Goddard 06x06: (Oct/09/1985) As Scooter 
  Bury My Half at Waltham Green 01x02: (Nov/05/1979) As Albert Stubbs 

Doctor Who (1963) 
  Warriors' Gate, Part Four 18x20: (Jan/24/1981) As Packard 
  Warriors' Gate, Part Three 18x19: (Jan/17/1981) As Packard 
  Warriors' Gate, Part Two 18x18: (Jan/10/1981) As Packard 
  Warriors' Gate, Part One 18x17: (Jan/03/1981) As Packard 

Shelley (1979) 
  The Nelson Touch 01x02: (Jul/19/1979) As Alan Forsyth 
  Moving In 01x01: (Jul/12/1979) As Alan Forsyth 

Dixon of Dock Green (1955) 
  Jackpot 22x06: (Apr/17/1976) As Harold Tovey 
  The Roaring Boy 02x11: (Aug/18/1956) As Doug Beale 

Crown Court (1972) 
  The Assault on Choga Star 02x26: (Mar/06/1974) As Dennis Wainwright 

Catweazle (1970) 
  The Wogle Stone 02x06: (Feb/14/1971) As Jack Victor 

Z Cars (1962) 
  The Great Art Robbery Part 1 06x49: (Aug/21/1967) As Frankie Hancock 
  The Share Out 04x36: (May/12/1965) As Richie 

Sanctuary (UK) (1967) 
  The Undefeated 01x08: (Aug/14/1967) As Charlie Mulgrave 

Studio 4 (1962) 
  North Flight 01x10: (Apr/02/1962) As Bill Lane 

One Step Beyond (1959) 
  The Villa 03x32: (Jun/06/1961) As Lionel 

No Hiding Place (1959) 
  Wheels of Fury 01x03: (Sep/30/1959) As Blackie Martin 

William Tell (1958) 
  The Bandit 01x27: (Mar/23/1959) As Marco 

The Adventures of Robin Hood (1955) 
  The Elixir of Youth 03x28: (Apr/07/1958) As Alwyn 
  The Mark 03x10: (Dec/02/1957) As Diccon 
  An Apple for the Archer 03x08: (Nov/18/1957) As Timothy Cox 

Ivanhoe (1958) (1958) 
  The Escape 01x11: (Mar/16/1958) As Warren 
Crew Credits

Show Crew


Striker (1975)• Devised By

Episode Crew


The Squirrels (1975) (Credited in 3 episodes from this show) 
 
What A Way To Go 03x07 Jan/06/1977 As: Writer
Leap Frog 03x02 Dec/02/1976 As: Writer
On The Carpet 02x05 Aug/06/1976 As: Writer
Thingumybob (1968) (Credited in 8 episodes from this show) 
 
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Episode 8 01x08 Sep/20/1968 As: Writer
Episode 7 01x07 Sep/13/1968 As: Writer
Episode 6 01x06 Sep/06/1968 As: Writer
Episode 5 01x05 Aug/30/1968 As: Writer
Episode 4 01x04 Aug/23/1968 As: Writer
Turn Out the Lights (1967) (Credited in 2 episodes from this show) 
 
A Big Hand For A Little Lady 01x03 Jan/16/1967 As: Writer
The Boyhood Haunt 01x01 Jan/02/1967 As: Writer
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Some sources give Cope's birthday as July 14, 1934; others April 14, 1931.

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