Peter Copley
Peter Copley was a British television
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, film
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 and stage
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Copley was born in Bushey
Bushey is a town in the Hertsmere borough of Hertfordshire in the East of England. Bushey Heath is situated to the south east of Bushey on the boundary with the London Borough of Harrow.-History:...

, Hertfordshire
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, son of the printmakers, John Copley and Ethel Gabain.

After changing his mind about joining the Royal Navy
Royal Navy
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, he studied at the Old Vic School and started out as a stage actor, in 1932. He made his first film appearance in 1934, going on to play a wide variety of characters from the villainous to the meek and mild. In 1946 he appeared on stage in "Cyrano de Bergerac" at the New Theatre in London. Away from acting, Peter Copley was called to the bar
Call to the bar
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 in 1963, and was a sharp-witted legal expert and part-time lawyer who successfully handled several court cases in the 1960s.

TV credits include: Thorndyke, Danger Man
Danger Man
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, The Saint
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, The Avengers
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, The Forsyte Saga
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, The Troubleshooters, The Champions
The Champions
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, Department S
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, Doomwatch
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, Z Cars, Fall of Eagles
Fall of Eagles
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, Survivors
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, Bless Me, Father (episode "A Legend Comes to Stay"), Father Brown Mysteries (episode "The Curse of the Golden Cross"), Doctor Who
Doctor Who
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(in the serial "Pyramids of Mars
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"), Sutherland's Law
Sutherland's Law
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, Tales of the Unexpected
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, Miss Marple
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, Lovejoy
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, The Bill
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, Cadfael
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and One Foot in the Grave
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Year Title Character
1950 The Elusive Pimpernel
The Elusive Pimpernel
The Elusive Pimpernel is a 1950 British period adventure film by the British-based director-writer team of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, based on the novel The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Emmuska Orczy. Despite having been shot in color, it was released in the United States in black and...

Tailor (uncredited)
Golden Salamander
Golden Salamander (film)
Golden Salamander is a 1950 adventure film directed by Ronald Neame and starring Trevor Howard as an archaeologist in North Africa who runs afoul of a crime sydicate. It won an award at the 1950 Locarno International Film Festival...

1952 The Promoter Shillitoe
The Hour of Thirteen Cummings
1953 The Clue of the Missing Ape (uncredited)
The Sword and the Rose
The Sword and the Rose
The Sword and the Rose, is a United States family and adventure film, produced by Perce Pearce and Walt Disney and directed by Ken Annakin...

Sir Edwin Caskoden
Saadia Leader Mokhazenis
1956 Foreign Intrigue
Foreign Intrigue (film)
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Peril for the Guy Ritter
1957 Just My Luck
Just My Luck (1957 film)
Just My Luck is a 1957 British sports comedy film directed by John Paddy Carstairs and starring Norman Wisdom as a worker in a jewellery shop.- Plot :...

Gilbert Weaver
Time Without Pity
Time Without Pity
Time Without Pity is a thriller about a father trying to save his son from execution for murder.It stars Michael Redgrave, Ann Todd, and Leo McKern.-Plot:David Graham has only 24 hours to save his son, Alec, from hanging...

Prison Chaplain
The Man without a Body Leslie
1959 The Mystery in the Mine Tom Abbott
1960 Follow That Horse!
Follow That Horse!
Follow That Horse! is a 1960 British comedy film directed by Alan Bromly from a screenplay by William Douglas-Home. It starred David Tomlinson, Cecil Parker, Richard Wattis, Mary Peach and Dora Bryan.-Cast:* David Tomlinson as Dick Lanchester...

1961 Victim Paul Mandrake
1964 King & Country
King & Country
King and Country is a 1964 British film, directed by American-born director Joseph Losey, shot in black and white, and starring Dirk Bogarde and Tom Courtenay...

The Third Secret
The Third Secret (film)
The Third Secret is a 1964 British drama film directed by Charles Crichton. The screenplay by Robert L. Joseph focuses on an American newscaster who investigates the mysterious death of his psychoanalyst...

Dr. Leo Whitset
1965 The Knack …and How to Get It Picture Owner
Help! (film)
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1967 Quatermass and the Pit
Quatermass and the Pit (film)
Quatermass and the Pit is a 1967 British science fiction horror film. Made by Hammer Film Productions it is a sequel to the earlier Hammer films The Quatermass Xperiment and Quatermass 2. Like its predecessors it is based on a BBC Television serial – Quatermass and the Pit – written by Nigel Kneale...

1968 The Shoes of the Fisherman
The Shoes of the Fisherman
The Shoes of the Fisherman is a 1963 novel by the Australian author Morris West, as well as a 1968 film based on the novel.The book reached #1 on the New York Times bestseller list for adult fiction on 30 June 1963, and became the #1 bestselling novel in the United States for that year, according...

English Cardinal
1969 Mosquito Squadron
Mosquito Squadron
#Mosquito Squadron is a 1969 British war film made by Oakmont Productions, directed by Boris Sagal and starring David McCallum, with a memorable music score , which was composed and conducted by Frank Cordell.-Plot:During a Second World War Royal Air Force attack against German V-1...

Mr. Scott
Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed
Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed
Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed is a British horror film directed by Terence Fisher for Hammer Film Productions from 1969. The cast includes Peter Cushing, Freddie Jones, Veronica Carlson and Simon Ward. The film is the fifth in a series of Hammer films centering on Dr...

Walk a Crooked Path
Walk a Crooked Path
Walk a Crooked Path is a 1969 British crime film directed by John Brason and starring Tenniel Evans, Faith Brook and Christopher Coll. The film is set at a boarding school where a man plans to murder his wealthy teacher wife. It is sometimes known as Twilight Man.-Cast:* Tenniel Evans ... John...

Dr. Oberon
1970 All at Sea Mr. Gordon
1971 Jane Eyre John
1972 What Became of Jack and Jill? Dickson
1973 Gawain and the Green Knight
Gawain and the Green Knight (1973 film)
Gawain and the Green Knight is a 1973 film directed by Stephen Weeks, and starring Murray Head as Gawain and Nigel Green in his final theatrical film as the Green Knight...

1974 That's Your Funeral 1st Funeral Director
1976 Shout at the Devil
Shout at the Devil (film)
Shout at the Devil is a British film directed by Peter R. Hunt and starring Lee Marvin and Roger Moore.The picture is a comedic adventure story set in Zanzibar and German East Africa in 1913-1915 based on a novel written by Wilbur Smith and is very loosely inspired by real events.-Plot:It tells...

Admiral Howe
1980 Little Lord Fauntleroy
Little Lord Fauntleroy (1980 film)
Little Lord Fauntleroy is a 1980 British family film directed by Jack Gold and starring Alec Guiness, Rick Schroder and Eric Porter. It is based on the children's novel of the same name.-Plot synopsis:...

1982 Witness for the Prosecution
Witness for the Prosecution (1982 film)
Witness for the Prosecution is a 1982 TV version of Agatha Christie's short story and play, and also a remake of the classic Billy Wilder 1957 film Witness for the Prosecution....

Dr. Harrison
1987 Empire of the Sun
Empire of the Sun (film)
Empire of the Sun is a 1987 American coming of age war film based on J. G. Ballard's semi-autobiographical novel of the same name. Steven Spielberg directed the film, which stars Christian Bale, John Malkovich, Miranda Richardson, and Nigel Havers...

British Prisoner
1991 A Dangerous Man: Lawrence After Arabia Maitland
1994 Second Best Percy
2005 Oliver Twist
Oliver Twist (2005 film)
Oliver Twist is a 2005 British drama film directed by Roman Polanski. The screenplay by Ronald Harwood is based on the 1838 novel of the same title by Charles Dickens....

Dining Hall Master

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