George Cole

Actor + Veteran + Military Person
Born Apr 22, 1925

George Edward Cole, OBE is a veteran British film and television actor whose successful career has spanned over 70 years in show business. He is probably best known as portraying Arthur Daley in the long-running ITV hit drama show Minder and Flash Harry in the early St Trinian's films.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of George Cole.


1925 Birth Born on April 22, 1925.


1941 16 Years Old Cole began appearing in films in the early 1940s, debuting in the 1941 film Cottage to Let. … Read More
1944 19 Years Old He and Renée Asherson are the last surviving members of the large cast of Henry V. His career was interrupted by his service in the Royal Air Force from 1944 to 1947. … Read More


1951 26 Years Old Cole appeared with Sim in Scrooge (as the young Scrooge) in 1951, but his best known film role was as "Flash Harry" in the St Trinian's films (two of which also star Sim), and in the comedy Too Many Crooks (1958).


1973 48 Years Old He also starred in the 1973 film Take Me High alongside Cliff Richard and Deborah Watling. … Read More


1979 54 Years Old His most memorable television role was as crooked used car dealer Arthur Daley in the Thames Television series Minder which he played from 1979 to the show's conclusion in 1994. … Read More


1988 63 Years Old In 1988, he voiced Vernon the mouse in the Children's ITV cartoon Tube Mice (in which Minder co-star Dennis Waterman also voiced a character).
1992 67 Years Old Cole played Henry Root in the TV series Root Into Europe in 1992.
1995 70 Years Old In 1995–96, he starred as businessman-councillor Freddie Patterson in An Independent Man, in which his wife Penny Morrell also appeared. … Read More
2003 78 Years Old In addition, he starred in the mid-1990s ITV comedy series My Good Friend, playing a mischievous pensioner, and he later appeared alongside Timothy Spall and Annette Crosbie in the 2003 Channel 4 drama 'Bodily Harm'. … Read More
2007 82 Years Old He is able to hide his London accent when playing upper class characters, such as Sir Giles Lynchwood in the TV adaptation of Tom Sharpe's novel Blott on the Landscape. In 2007, Cole appeared in the BBC drama A Class Apart, in which he played a grandfather who encourages his impoverished daughter to keep her son on the straight and narrow by means of a public school bursary and The Dinner Party, broadcast in September 2007.
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