Stephanie Cole

Born Oct 5, 1941

Stephanie Cole, OBE is an English stage, television, radio, and film actress, best known for playing characters a great deal older than her actual age.

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1941 Birth Born on October 5, 1941.


1958 16 Years Old Cole was born in Solihull, Warwickshire, and trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School from 1958 to 1960 and went on to consolidate her acting skills in repertory theatres around the United Kingdom. … Read More


1973 31 Years Old In 1973, Cole married fight director Henry Marshall. Marshall was one of the founders of the British Academy of Dramatic Combat and was a Master at Arms at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. They have a daughter, Emma Battcock (born 1973). They divorced in 1988.
1981 39 Years Old Cole played the role of the stern, officious yet kindly doctor over three series and a one-off special between 1981 and 1985. … Read More


1988 46 Years Old In 1988, Cole joined actresses Thora Hird, Maggie Smith, Julie Walters and Patricia Routledge in the award-winning first series of Talking Heads, featuring dramatic monologues written for BBC Television by British playwright Alan Bennett. … Read More
1990 48 Years Old Another of Cole's famous roles was of bad-tempered retired photojournalist Diana Trent in the sitcom Waiting for God, which ran from 1990 to 1994.


1992 50 Years Old Although Diana was supposed to be a pensioner, Cole was actually 48 years old when she took the role, for which she received the 1992 Best TV Comedy Actress award at the British Comedy Awards.
1998 56 Years Old In 1998, Cole married fellow actor Peter Birrel after meeting him again, thirty years after they first appeared together in a production of Richard II at the Bristol Old Vic.


2004 62 Years Old From 2004 to 2009, Cole starred with Martin Clunes and Caroline Catz in the ITV comedy-drama, Doc Martin as Joan Norton, aunt of Clunes's character Dr Martin Ellingham.
2005 63 Years Old 1 More Event
…  She was made an OBE in the 2005 Queen's Birthday Honours.
2006 64 Years Old In 2006, Cole starred with Victoria Wood in the BAFTA award winning World War II drama Housewife, 49 as Mrs Waite, the local head of what was then the WVS.
2008 66 Years Old Cole also had a small role in the 2008 romantic comedy Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day as Miss Pettigrew's grumpy boss, Miss Holt. … Read More
2011 69 Years Old In April 2011, Cole joined the cast of Coronation Street, playing Sylvia Goodwin, the mother of regular character Roy Cropper.
2012 70 Years Old In August 2012, she was cast in an adaptation of the 1938 thriller film The Lady Vanishes on the BBC.
2013 71 Years Old In August 2013, it was announced that Cole had left Coronation Street, just episodes after her onscreen daughter-in-law had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. … Read More
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