Paul Copley



Place of birth:

Denby Dale, West Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom:


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.

Film Credits

Enola Holmes (2020)
as Station Master
Ropeless (2020)
as Larry Windsor
Reg (2016)
The Sound of Music Live! (2015)
as Franz
First Encounter: King Lear (2012)
as King Lear
Torchwood: Children of Earth (2009)
as Clement Mcdonald
The Shadow in the North (2007)
as Paton
Marian, Again (2005)
as Phillip Walsh
The Key (2003)
Hornblower: Duty (2003)
as Matthews
Hornblower: Loyalty (2003)
as Matthews
The Many Lives of Albert Walker (2002)
as Danny Peck
Hornblower: Retribution (2001)
as Matthews
Hornblower: Mutiny (2001)
as Mathews
Blow Dry (2001)
as Ken
Hornblower: The Frogs and the Lobsters (1999)
as Mathews
Hornblower: The Duchess and the Devil (1999)
as Mathews
Hornblower: The Examination for Lieutenant (1998)
as Mathews
Hornblower: The Even Chance (1998)
as Matthews
Written in Blood (1998)
as Brian Chappel
Jude (1996)
as Mr. Willis
A Pinch of Snuff (1994)
as Charlie Heppelwhite
The Remains of the Day (1993)
as Harry Smith
How's Business (1991)
as Jack
Theban Plays: Oedipus at Colonus (1986)
as Local Man
Silas Marner (1985)
as William Dane
Which Side Are You On? (1985)
as Reader (Voice)
Doll’s Eye (1983)
as Social Worker
PQ17 (1981)
as PO Jordan
A Room for the Winter (1981)
as Robert
A Brush with Mr. Porter on the Road to El Dorado (1981)
as Tom
Death of a Princess (1980)
as Steve Jackson
Cries from a Watchtower (1979)
as Andy
Zulu Dawn (1979)
as Cpl. Storey
Destiny (1978)
as Paul McShane
A Christmas Carol (1977)
as Fred (Scrooge's Nephew)
A Bridge Too Far (1977)
as Pvt. Wicks
Arnhem: The Story of an Escape (1976)
as Finnegan
Days of Hope: 1926: General Strike (1975)
as Ben Matthews
Days of Hope: 1924: A Miracle (1975)
as Ben Matthews
Days of Hope: 1921: Every Pit In Britain Is Idle (1975)
as Ben Matthews
Days of Hope: 1916: Joining Up (1975)
as Ben Matthews
Alfie Darling (1975)
as Bakey
Diane (1975)
Speech Day (1973)
as Woodwork Master

TV Series Credits

Broken (2017)
as Joe Kerrigan
Code of a Killer (2015)
as Sidney Jeffreys
Inside No. 9 (2014)
as Ernie
Carved with Love: The Genius of British Woodwork (2013)
as Narrator
Last Tango in Halifax (2012)
White Heat (2012)
as Alan (present day)
Vera (2011)
as Malcolm Kenrich
Moving On (2009)
as Ronnie
Survivors (2008)
as Ted
Kingdom (2007)
Inspector George Gently (2007)
Torchwood (2006)
as Clement McDonald
The Street (2006)
Johnny and the Bomb (2006)
Life on Mars (2006)
Dead Man Weds (2005)
as Blind Man
No Angels (2004)
How Clean Is Your House? (2003)
New Tricks (2003)
Burn It (2003)
as Terry Grimshaw
Nice Guy Eddie (2002)
Messiah (2001)
Waking the Dead (2000)
Clocking Off (2000)
Queer as Folk (1999)
as Roy Maloney
The Worst Witch (1998)
as Algernon Rowan Webb
The Worst Witch (1998)
as Algernon Rowan-Webb
Hornblower (1998)
as Matthews
The Lakes (1997)
as Peter Quinlan
Dalziel and Pascoe (1996)
Silent Witness (1996)
Roughnecks (1994)
as Ian
Harry (1993)
as Thomas Thomas
Heartbeat (1992)
Stay Lucky (1989)
The Paradise Club (1989)
as Mousey Pavitt
Young Charlie Chaplin (1989)
Casualty (1986)
as Arthur
Casualty (1986)
as Frederick Chambers
Casualty (1986)
as Mick McCarthur
The Bright Side (1985)
The Bill (1984)
Treasure Island (1977)
Days of Hope (1975)
as Ben Matthews (4 episodes, 1975)
Play for Today (1970)
Play of the Month (1965)