Kenneth Cope

Biography: Kenneth Cope's career has spanned over 50 years and numerous venues: film, television, writing and singing.

Cope began acting at age 19 while studying at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. After leaving the prestigious school he had a number of roles in both television (Ivanhoe, The Adventures of Robin Hood) and film (Dunkirk) before landing the role of small-time hood Jed Stone in Coronation Street. While working on "Corrie" he also spent two years as part of the cast of England's ground-breaking satire program That Was the Week That Was. During this time Cope also recorded a novelty song ("Hands Off, Stop Mucking About") and began writing for TV programs (Thingamybob, which featured theme music written by fellow Liverpudlian Paul McCartney). Cope's best-known role internationally was that of Marty Hopkirk, the detective who returned as a ghost to help solve his own murder in ITC's Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased). Although it only aired for one season, the program
Kenneth Cope's career has spanned over 50 years and numerous venues: film, television, writing and singing.

Cope began acting at age 19 while studying at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. After leaving the prestigious school he had a number of roles in both television (Ivanhoe, The Adventures of Robin Hood) and film (Dunkirk) before landing the role of small-time hood Jed Stone in Coronation Street. While working on "Corrie" he also spent two years as part of the cast of England's ground-breaking satire program That Was the Week That Was. During this time Cope also recorded a novelty song ("Hands Off, Stop Mucking About") and began writing for TV programs (Thingamybob, which featured theme music written by fellow Liverpudlian Paul McCartney).

Cope's best-known role internationally was that of Marty Hopkirk, the detective who returned as a ghost to help solve his own murder in ITC's Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased). Although it only aired for one season, the program was syndicated throughout the world (airing in the U.S. as My Partner the Ghost, the only place where the show was renamed). The show still maintains a loyal following of fans thanks to the 26 episodes being issued on video and DVD. In addition, a book about the original series was written in 1995, and a series by the same title (loosely based on the original) aired in England in 2000.

Following the success of Randall and Hopkirk, Cope appeared in numerous movies, including two of the popular "Carry On" series of films, (Carry On At Your Convenience and Carry On Matron). He created a children's television show (Striker), authored a book based on the program, and even opened a restaurant (Martha's Kitchen in Oxfordshire, named after his daughter). In the late 1990s Cope returned to his soap opera roots, appearing as Ray Hilton in the popular British soap Brookside for three years.

Cope has been married for over 40 years to actress Renny Lister, who was cast opposite him in Coronation Street as Jed Stone's girlfriend. Their three children are all performers: sons Mark and Nick were the nucleus of the band the Candyskins (their song "Feed It" was featured on the soundtrack of the Adam Sandler movie The Waterboy), and daughter Martha has followed her parents into the acting profession.
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Title: Year: Credit: User score:
tbd Brookside: Season 70 Aug 5, 2003 Ray Hilton tbd
tbd Brookside: Season 59 Jul 25, 2000 Ray Hilton tbd
tbd Brookside: Season 58 Mar 28, 2000 Ray Hilton tbd
tbd Brookside: Season 57 Jan 7, 2000 Ray Hilton tbd
tbd Brookside: Season 56 Oct 26, 1999 Ray Hilton tbd
tbd Coronation Street: Season 7 Jan 3, 1966 Jed Stone (1961 - 1966) tbd
tbd Coronation Street: Season 4 Jan 2, 1963 Jed Stone (1961 - 1966) tbd
tbd Coronation Street: Season 3 Jan 1, 1962 Jed Stone (1961 - 1966) tbd
tbd Coronation Street: Season 2 Jan 4, 1961 Jed Stone (1961 - 1966) tbd
tbd Coronation Street: Season 1 Dec 9, 1960 Jed Stone (1961 - 1966) 4.8