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|Born||Michael Dundonald Cochrane
19 May 1947
Brighton, England, UK
|Relatives||Martin Cochrane (actor) (brother)|
Cochrane was born in Brighton. He was educated at Cranleigh School. He has had many television and radio roles including Oliver Sterling in the Radio 4 soap opera The Archers, The Pallisers (1974), Wings (1977–78), The Citadel (1983), Goodbye Mr. Chips (1984), No Job for a Lady, The Chief (1990–1995), and as Sir Henry Simmerson in the Sharpe series. His film career has included roles in Escape to Victory, The Return of the Soldier, Number One Gun, The Saint, Incognito, A Different Loyalty and The Iron Lady.
He has twice appeared in the BBC science fiction series Doctor Who, first as Charles Cranleigh in the serial Black Orchid (1982) and later as Redvers Fenn-Cooper in Ghost Light (1989). Cochrane was later associated with Doctor Who when he appeared in the 2006 Big Finish Productions audio drama, No Man's Land. He appeared in 2008 Big Finish Productions audio drama Brotherhood of the Daleks and Trail of the White Worm/The Oseidon Adventure in 2012. He was featured in the ITV science fiction series The Uninvited. In 2008 he appeared in the soap opera Doctors as Daniel's solicitor and in 2009 in Margaret as MP Alan Clark. He appeared in the sitcom Perfect World as the sex-obsessed marketing director. He appeared in Offending Angels (2002). He was seen as the vicar in Downton Abbey with Hugh Bonneville and Maggie Smith as well as Johnny Darby in the one-off special Panto! written by John Bishop and Jonathan Harvey. He had a small role in episode 5 of the BBC serial drama The Musketeers (2014).
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