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Kenneth Charles CopeBorn: Sun 14th June 1931 (age: 83)
Kenneth Cope is an English actor. He is most famous for his roles as Marty Hopkirk in Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased), Jed Stone in Coronation Street and Ray Hilton in Brookside.
Cope had a regular role in the influential satirical series That Was The Week That Was (19621963). He also appeared in two episodes of Minder (Bury my Half at Waltham Green) as newly released prisoner Arthur Stubbs, and as 'Scooter' in Waiting For Goddard. Cope's appearance in Coronation Street led to the recording of a novelty pop single Hands Off, Stop Mucking About with Tony Hatch.
He played Subutai in the 1965 film of the life of Genghis Khan, and in the same year appeared in Dateline Diamonds playing Lester Benson. He also took leading roles in two Carry On films. In Carry On At Your Convenience (1971) he played Vic Spanner, the obnoxious shop steward central to the film's trade union and industrial problems storyline and rival in the film's romantic sub-plot. In Carry On Matron (1972) he took the more sympathetic role of Cyril Carter, the son of a thief who is forced to impersonate a female nurse as part of his father's attempt to rob a maternity hospital. Once there Cyril finds love with a real nurse.
He later appeared in four episodes of Casualty, as well as taking roles in The Bill, Waking the Dead, A Touch of Frost, Minder and Kavanagh QC.
In 1984 Cope starred in a sitcom about a failing themed cowboy village on the outskirts of Merseyside called Bootle Saddles.
In 1997 Cope played dodgy ex-copper Charlie Fairclough alongside David Jason in an episode of A Touch Of Frost entitled "True Confessions."
In 2008 Cope's Coronation Street character Jed Stone returned to the ITV soap after 42 years' absence, appearing as part of a storyline involving property developer Tony Gordon.
Cope married actress Renny Lister, who he had met when she worked on Coronation Street, in 1961. They have three children.