Kenneth Cope

Kenneth Cope (born 14 April 1931) 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. Kenneth Cope was born in 1931 in Liverpool, England. He is most famous for his leading role in Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) (1969–1970) as the late private eye Marty Hopkirk opposite Mike Pratt's very much alive Jeff Randall. He had previously starred in Coronation Street as the shady Jed Stone (between 1961 and 1966, and in 2008), and had a regular role in the influential satirical series That Was The Week That Was (1962–1963). 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. Although the song was not a hit it lead in turn to Cope being given a regular slot as a disc jockey with Radio Luxembourg. 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.


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