William Abney (actor)

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William Edward Charles Wootton Abney (7 January 1921 - 9 August 1997) played Reverend Copley on Coronation Street in 1977, and Jim Lorimer in 1980. His other credits include William Tell, Crossroads and Robin's Nest.

The son of Henry Charles Wootton Abney, of the landed gentry family of Abney of Measham Hall, Derbyshire, by his wife, Janet Bentley Littlejohn, Abney was educated at Cranleigh School and the Central School of Speech and Drama.

As an actor, Abney appeared in both film and television: Coronation Street (from 1960), Hitler: The Last Ten Days (1973), Special Branch (1969), The City of the Dead (1961), Never Take Sweets from a Stranger (1960), Two Way Stretch, (1960), Cone of Silence (1960), Horrors of the Black Museum (1959), The Return of Sherlock Holmes (1986), North Sea Hijack (1980), The Legacy (1979), All Creatures Great and Small (TV series) (1978), Play for Today (1970).

As a writer, Abney wrote the story for "Poor Butterfly" (1969), an episode of Journey to the Unknown (TV series).