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Paul Copley

1944-11-25 Denby Dale, West Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom

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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.


Ticker 2023-08-11
Downton Abbey: A New Era Mason 2022-04-27
The Infectious Imagination of Henry Bramble Great Uncle Geoffrey 2021-10-07
Enola Holmes Station Master 2020-09-23
Ropeless Larry Windsor 2020-08-22
Reg 2016-06-06
The Nest Egg 2016-01-01
The Sound of Music Live! Franz 2015-12-20
First Encounter: King Lear King Lear 2012-06-01
The Shadow in the North Paton 2007-09-15
Marian, Again Phillip Walsh 2005-09-05
The Key 2003-09-16
Hornblower: Loyalty Matthews 2003-01-05
Hornblower: Duty Matthews 2003-01-06
The Many Lives of Albert Walker Danny Peck 2002-03-24
Blow Dry Ken 2001-03-01
Hornblower: Retribution Matthews 2001-04-15
Hornblower: Mutiny Mathews 2001-04-08
Hornblower: The Duchess and the Devil Matthews 1999-02-24
Hornblower: The Frogs and the Lobsters Mathews 1999-04-02
Hornblower: The Examination for Lieutenant Mathews 1998-11-18
Written in Blood Brian Chappel 1998-06-02
Hornblower: The Even Chance Matthews 1998-10-07
Jude Mr. Willis 1996-02-06
A Pinch of Snuff Charlie Heppelwhite 1994-04-09
The Remains of the Day Harry Smith 1993-11-05
How's Business Jack 1991-01-12
Testimony of a Child Gerry 1989-07-05
Theban Plays: Oedipus at Colonus Local Man 1986-09-17
Which Side Are You On? Narrator (voice) 1985-04-08
Silas Marner William Dane 1985-12-30
Bird Fancier Roy Pearson 1985-01-15
Doll’s Eye Social Worker 1983-02-23
Ends and Means 1983-01-01
Ghost in the Water Mr. Reed 1982-12-31
P.Q. 17 PO Jordan 1981-12-15
A Room for the Winter Robert 1981-11-03
A Brush with Mr. Porter on the Road to El Dorado Tom 1981-01-20
Death of a Princess Steve Jackson 1980-04-09
Cries from a Watchtower Andy 1979-10-18
Zulu Dawn Cpl. Storey 1979-05-14
Black Jack Narrator 1979-09-09
Destiny Paul McShane 1978-01-31
Mucking Out Brian Wilson 1978-05-06
Some Enchanted Evening Peter 1978-01-05
A Bridge Too Far Pvt. Wicks 1977-06-15
A Christmas Carol Fred (Scrooge's Nephew) 1977-12-24
Arnhem: The Story of an Escape Finnegan 1976-11-17
Diane Jim 1975-07-09
Alfie Darling Bakey 1975-07-17
Speech Day Woodwork Master 1973-03-26
Father Dear Father Dumbo 1973-05-25
Dangerous Journey Narrator