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Paul Copley

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.

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Nov 25, 1944 In Denby Dale, West Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series Play of the Month 1965-10-19
Latest Project:
Movie Downton Abbey: A New Era 2022-04-27
Known For
Poster of Carved with Love: The Genius of British Woodwork
Poster of The Remains of the Day
Poster of The Bill
Poster of A Bridge Too Far
Movie Downton Abbey: A New Era Mason 2022-04-27
Movie Ropeless Larry Windsor 2020-08-22
Movie Enola Holmes Station Master 2020-09-23
Series Broken Joe Kerrigan 2017-05-30
Movie Reg 2016-06-06
Series Code of a Killer Sidney Jeffreys 2015-04-06
Movie The Sound of Music Live! Franz 2015-12-20
Series Inside No. 9 Ernie 2014-02-05
Series Carved with Love: The Genius of British Woodwork Narrator 2013-01-10
Series White Heat Alan (present day) 2012-03-08
Series Last Tango in Halifax Unknown 2012-11-20
Movie First Encounter: King Lear King Lear 2012-06-01
Series Vera Malcolm Kenrich 2011-05-01
Series Moving On Ronnie 2009-05-18
Series Survivors Ted 2008-11-23
Series Inspector George Gently Unknown 2007-04-08
Series Kingdom Unknown 2007-04-22
Movie The Shadow in the North Paton 2007-09-15
Series Johnny and the Bomb Sgt. Bourke 2006-01-15
Series Life on Mars Reg Cole 2006-01-09
Series The Street Unknown 2006-04-13
Series Torchwood Clement McDonald 2006-10-22
Series Dead Man Weds Blind Man 2005-01-05
Movie Marian, Again Phillip Walsh 2005-09-05
Series New Tricks Unknown 2004-01-01
Series No Angels Unknown 2004-03-02
Movie Hornblower: Loyalty Matthews 2003-01-05
Movie Hornblower: Duty Matthews 2003-01-06
Series Burn It Terry Grimshaw 2003-02-08
Movie The Key 2003-09-16
Series How Clean Is Your House? 2003-05-21
Movie The Many Lives of Albert Walker Danny Peck 2002-03-24
Series Nice Guy Eddie Unknown 2002-06-16
Movie Blow Dry Ken 2001-03-01
Movie Hornblower: Mutiny Mathews 2001-04-08
Movie Hornblower: Retribution Matthews 2001-04-15
Series Messiah Unknown 2001-05-26
Series Clocking Off Unknown 2000-01-23
Series Waking the Dead Unknown 2000-09-04
Series Queer as Folk Roy Maloney 1999-02-23
Movie Hornblower: The Duchess and the Devil Matthews 1999-02-24
Movie Hornblower: The Frogs and the Lobsters Mathews 1999-04-02
Movie Hornblower: The Even Chance Matthews 1998-10-07
Movie Written in Blood Brian Chappel 1998-06-02
Series The Worst Witch Algernon Rowan-Webb 1998-10-22
Series Hornblower Matthews 1998-10-07
Movie Hornblower: The Examination for Lieutenant Mathews 1998-11-18
Series The Lakes Peter Quinlan 1997-09-14
Movie Jude Mr. Willis 1996-02-06
Series Silent Witness Unknown 1996-02-21
Series Dalziel and Pascoe Unknown 1996-03-16
Movie A Pinch of Snuff Charlie Heppelwhite 1994-04-09
Series Roughnecks Ian 1994-06-16
Series Harry Thomas Thomas 1993-09-18
Movie The Remains of the Day Harry Smith 1993-11-05
Series Heartbeat Unknown 1992-04-10
Movie How's Business Jack 1991-01-12
Series Young Charlie Chaplin Unknown 1989-01-25
Series The Paradise Club Mousey Pavitt 1989-09-19
Series Stay Lucky Unknown 1989-12-08
Series Casualty Arthur 1986-09-06
Movie Theban Plays: Oedipus at Colonus Local Man 1986-09-17
Movie Which Side Are You On? Narrator (voice) 1985-04-08
Series The Bright Side 1985-05-09
Movie Silas Marner William Dane 1985-12-30
Series The Bill Unknown 1984-10-16
Movie Doll’s Eye Social Worker 1983-02-23
Movie P.Q. 17 PO Jordan 1981-12-15
Movie A Brush with Mr. Porter on the Road to El Dorado Tom 1981-01-20
Movie A Room for the Winter Robert 1981-11-03
Movie Death of a Princess Steve Jackson 1980-04-09
Movie Zulu Dawn Cpl. Storey 1979-05-14
Movie Cries from a Watchtower Andy 1979-10-18
Movie Destiny Paul McShane 1978-01-31
Movie A Bridge Too Far Pvt. Wicks 1977-06-15
Movie A Christmas Carol Fred (Scrooge's Nephew) 1977-12-24
Series Treasure Island 1977-10-16
Movie Arnhem: The Story of an Escape Finnegan 1976-11-17
Movie Alfie Darling Bakey 1975-07-17
Movie Diane 1975-07-09
Movie Days of Hope: 1926: General Strike Ben Matthews 1975-10-02
Movie Days of Hope: 1916: Joining Up Ben Matthews 1975-09-11
Series Days of Hope Ben Matthews (4 episodes, 1975) 1975-09-11
Movie Days of Hope: 1924: A Miracle Ben Matthews 1975-09-25
Movie Days of Hope: 1921: Every Pit In Britain Is Idle Ben Matthews 1975-09-18
Movie Speech Day Woodwork Master 1973-03-26
Series Play for Today Unknown 1970-10-15
Series Play of the Month Unknown 1965-10-19