Paul Copley

Paul Copley

  • Birthday: 1944-11-25
  • Place of birth: Denby Dale, West Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom

Biography

Paul is a long established and much respected British actor and voiceover artist. Born in Denby Dale, West Riding of Yorkshire, on 25th November 1944 he grew up beside a dairy farm. 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, Paul won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor in a New Play for his role in John Wilson's For King and Country. With many and varied roles to follow, Paul soon established himself as one of the UK's leading stage, film, television and radio actors. In 2011-2015 Paul gained worldwide recognition appearing in 16 episodes of the hugely popular television series Downton Abbey playing the popular role of farmer Mr Mason. Paul is married to the actress Natasha Pyne. They married in 1972, after both performing in a Leeds Playhouse production of Frank Wedekind's Lulu, adapted by Peter Barnes, directed by Bill Hays in 1971.

Filmography

First Encounter: King Lear

2012

As King Lear

How's Business

1991

As Jack

Days of Hope: 1924: A Miracle

1975

As Ben Matthews

Days of Hope: 1916: Joining Up

1975

As Ben Matthews

Ropeless

2020

As Larry Windsor

The Nest Egg

2016

As

Mucking Out

1978

As Brian Wilson

Which Side Are You On?

1985

As Narrator (voice)

Doll’s Eye

1983

As Social Worker

P.Q. 17

1981

As PO Jordan

Written in Blood

1998

As Brian Chappel

Diane

1975

As

Alfie Darling

1975

As Bakey

Marian, Again

2005

As Phillip Walsh

A Room for the Winter

1981

As Robert

Destiny

1978

As Paul McShane

Death of a Princess

1980

As Steve Jackson

Hornblower: Mutiny

2001

As Mathews

A Christmas Carol

1977

As Fred (Scrooge's Nephew)

Hornblower: Loyalty

2003

As Matthews

Jude

1996

As Mr. Willis

Hornblower: Duty

2003

As Matthews

Reg

2016

As

Ghost in the Water

1982

As Mr. Reed

Hornblower: Retribution

2001

As Matthews

The Remains of the Day

1993

As Harry Smith

Enola Holmes

2020

As Station Master

Zulu Dawn

1979

As Cpl. Storey

Speech Day

1973

As Woodwork Master

Blow Dry

2001

As Ken

Silas Marner

1985

As William Dane

A Pinch of Snuff

1994

As Charlie Heppelwhite

Downton Abbey: The Finale

2015

As Mr. Mason

The Key

2003

As

Black Jack

1979

As Narrator

A Bridge Too Far

1977

As Pvt. Wicks

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