Malcolm Hebden

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Malcolm Hebden
Malcolm Hebden as Norris Cole
Born (1939-12-21) 21 December 1939 (age 77)
Chester, Cheshire, England
Spouse(s) Liana Dimbleby (January 2009–present)

Malcolm Hebden (born 21 December 1939) is an English television and stage actor known for his role as Norris Cole in the long-running ITV soap opera Coronation Street.

Early life[edit]

Hebden was born in Chester before his family moved to Burnley, Lancashire, three weeks later.[1] He was educated at West Gate High School and began his career as a window dresser in Burnley.[1] He was involved in amateur dramatics groups, one of which included Richard Moore, called The Highcliffe Players.[2] When aged 28, he attended the Rose Bruford Drama School in London[1] before beginning a career in theatre.

Coronation Street[edit]

Hebden first appeared in Coronation Street in 1974, as Mavis Riley's Spanish boyfriend Carlos.[3]

He first appeared as Norris Cole in 1994 and left in 1997, before returning to the role in December 1999 for his current stint in the show. Along with his on-screen business partner Barbara Knox (Rita Sullivan), Hebden won the 'Best Onscreen Partnership' award at the British Soap Awards in May 2006. Additionally he won the 'Funniest Character' title for two consecutive years at the 2001 and 2002 Inside Soap Awards. He also made an appearance in Last of the Summer Wine.

In April 2008, Malcolm Hebden suggested to Coronation Street producers that Andrew Sachs should have a guest role in the soap playing Norris's brother, an idea they accepted.

Other roles[edit]


  1. ^ a b c I see Pendle and I'm home, Lancashire Evening Telegraph, 4 March 1998
  2. ^ "Preview: Comedians in Bolton". Lancashire Telegraph. 13 April 2010. Retrieved 27 April 2014. 
  3. ^ Biography: Malcolm Hebden

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