Brian Cobby

Last updated 09 January 2020

Brian Cobby (1929-2012)
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Brian Cobby

Born: Saturday 12th October 1929
Died: Wednesday 31st October 2012 (age: 83)


Brian Cobby was an English actor who, between 1985 and 2007  was the voice of the British speaking clock.

Cobby attended the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art. During the 1950s, he acted in repertory theatre and toured with productions of Ladies for Hire,Intimate Relations, Peter Pan, Henry IV, Parts 1 and 2 and Macbeth.

He appeared, in the film version of Evita (1996), standing next to Madonna in the balcony scene. In 2004, he guest-starred in the Doctor Who audio drama The Creed of the Kromon.

In December 1984 Cobby was working as an assistant supervisor at a telephone exchange in Withdean, Brighton. He entered a competition to become the new voice of the British Telecom speaking clock.  He was the only male out of twelve finalists. Cobby won the competition and became the first male voice of the clock.