Graham Cole

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Graham Cole
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Graham Cole at the 3rd Norwich Sci-Fi Film, Comic, Toy & Collectors Fair on 1st November 2009.
Born Graham Coleman-Smith
(1952-03-16) 16 March 1952 (age 62)
Willesden, London, England, UK
Occupation Actor
Years active 1979–present
Spouse(s) Cherry (1989–present) 2 children, Matthew and Laura

Graham Cole OBE (born Graham Coleman-Smith on 16 March 1952) is an English actor.

Career[edit]

He is best known as PC Tony Stamp in the ITV police drama The Bill, a role he has played from 1984 until 2009.[1] He had made previous uncredited appearances as an unnamed PC.

He appeared in numerous episodes of Doctor Who in the early 1980s, often in uncredited roles, such as Marshman and Cyberman. He has also played Melkur in The Keeper of Traken and finally a Jacondan in The Twin Dilemma. He also made a guest appearance in the final series of Sooty and Co as a detective called Maurice in the episode "Delgrub".

He presented and narrated the police video programme Police Stop!. He appeared regularly on Noel's House Party in sketches with Andrew Paul. Cole was gunged on the show, which was arranged by his mother-in-law. He has also made a brief appearance in ITV series Law & Order: UK as a barman in one episode.

Cole is a singer. In his early career Graham appeared as the Emperor of China in a record-breaking 1978/79 season of "Aladdin" at the Grand Theatre in Swansea. Other pantomime appearances have included the role of "Beast" in "Beauty & The Beast" at the Woodville Halls in Gravesend, Kent and he has appeared in sixteen pantomimes.

Personal life[edit]

Cole is a member of the showbusiness charity the Grand Order of Water Rats and held the title King Rat in 2009. He is President of the National Holiday Fund, which takes sick and disabled children to Disney World in Florida, has been patron to ChildLine for over 18 years, and of the Orphans' Gift Fund South East London Boroughs, Constables Branch Board, Metropolitan Police.

Cole supported Independent Ian Chisnall's campaign to become Police and Crime Commissioner for Sussex Police at the 2012 PCC election. In November, 2012, he appeared in a video, endorsing Chisnall.[2]

Filmography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "A Quick Chat with Graham Cole". United Kingdom: TV Quick. 2009-10-27. Retrieved 2009-11-03. 
  2. ^ "Graham Cole – PC Tony Stamp in the Bill". Ian4PCC.com. November 13, 2012. Retrieved 30 December 2012. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Graham Cole at Wikimedia Commons