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      Famous Cole’s

Nigel Cole

Nigel is top of my famous Cole’s because he’s produced and directed some of my favourite films and programs. Although Nigel is very talented and successful, he still down to earth and approachable and kindly gave me permission to add him to my website. 

Nigel began his career in the 1980s, directing current affairs shows and documentaries for Central Independent Television. Into the 1990s, Nigel co-wrote the play Sod with Arthur Smith, which he also directed and presented at the Pleasance during the 1993 Edinburgh Festival. Nigel has also directed episodes of Peak Practice and Cold Feet for television. He also directed many episodes of the British television show Doc Martin. He has also directed Saving GraceCalendar Girls and A Lot Like Love for cinema.

Saving Grace one of my favourite films, won the World Cinema Audience Award at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival and gained him a nomination for Best Director at that year's British Independent Film AwardsMade in Dagenham received a BAFTA nomination as Best British Film and a nomination for the Satellite Award for Best Film – Musical or Comedy.

In 2014 he directed three episodes of the drama series Last Tango in Halifax, another program I very much enjoyed, which aired in December 2014 and January 2015.

Nigel married the actress Kate Isitt have two children. Their daughter,  Matilda Cole (born 2002), is a very talented singer and also has a successful modelling career, as well as appearing in her father's productions Made in Dagenham and The Wedding Video.

For Nigel’s IMDB list of films and programs to date click here




Ben Cole

Nigel’s brother Ben who is also in the entertainment business, Ben is a

freelance award winning multi-skilled film professional for over 25 years. Shooting editing and fulfilling any role that is useful to the team I’m working with.

I have 30 years experience working on feature dramas,  feature documentaries, short dramas, music videos, commercials and corporate video, seen on any sized screen; international cinema, on TV or on the world’s mobiles.

his website is here

Ben Cole  


Ben has made so many films, documentaries, adverts etc, there is too many to name. He has a list of his work on his website above. 


Stephanie Cole

Born in Solihull, Warwickshire, England, UK

Birth NamePatricia Stephanie Cole

Height5' 8" (1.73 m)

Stephanie Cole was born in Warwickshire, England, UK.
At the age of 15 she auditioned for, and was accepted to, the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.

She began her career at the age of 17 playing a 90-year-old woman. She went on to play notable television roles, which included appearing in all 30 episodes of the prisoner-of-war drama Tenko (1981) and playing memorable characters in comedies such as Open All Hours (1976), A Bit of a Do 1989, Waiting for God 1990 and Doc Martin 2004, as well as legendary soap opera Coronation Street 1960

SpousePeter Birrel (5 October 1998 - 23 June 2004)  (his death) 
Henry Marshall (1973 - 1988)  (divorced)  (1 child)

Children Emma Battcock

She was awarded the O.B.E. (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2005 Queen's Birthday Honours List for her services to Drama, Elderly People, and to Mental Health Charities.

She was awarded an honorary Masters of Arts degree from the University of Bristol in 2002.

For Stephanie’s list of films etc go to her IMDb list here


Maurice James Christopher Cole,

better known as Kenny Everett


Maurice James Christopher Cole (25 December 1944 – 4 April 1995), better known as Kenny Everett, was a British comedian, radio disc jockey and television presenter. After spells on pirate radio and Radio Luxembourg in the mid-1960s, he was one of the first DJs to join BBC radio's newly-created BBC Radio 1 in 1967. It was here he developed his trademark voices and surreal characters which he later adapted for television.

Everett was dismissed from the BBC in 1970 after making remarks about a government minister's wife. He joined commercial radio when it became licensed in the UK, and joined Capital London. Starting in the late 1970s, he transitioned to television where he made numerous comedy series on ITV and BBC, often appearing with Cleo Rocos, whose glamorous and curvaceous figure was often used to comic effect. Rocos would be his assistant in the 1987 BBC gameshow Brainstorm, often demonstrating electronic gadgets with the contestants then having to guess what each is used for.

Everett was a politically right-wing media star who openly supported the UK's Conservative Party under Margaret Thatcher and made publicity appearances at conferences and rallies. However, as a closeted gay man, he later faced criticism for supporting the Conservative government after it had enacted Section 28, a clause of the Local Government Act which made it illegal for councils to 'promote' gay rights and issues.

Everett was a highly versatile performer, able to write his own scripts, compose jingles and operate advanced recording and mixing equipment. His personality also made him a regular guest on chat shows and panel programmes like Blankety Blank. He was diagnosed with HIV in 1989 and died in 1995.


George Cole


Born in Tooting, London, England, UK
Died in Reading, Berkshire, England, UK  (short illness)
Birth Name George Edward Cole
Height 5' 9" (1.75 m) 

George Cole OBE was a veteran British film, television and stage actor whose impressive career spanned over 60 years. For many, he will perhaps be best remembered for playing one of the most endearing characters of recent times on British television, "Arthur Daley", the shifty but very likable "business man" in the hit ITV drama series, Minder (1979).

However, Cole had long been a household name well before "Minder" aired on television. His successful film career began in the 1940s, appearing with 
Alastair Sim and Sir John Mills in the film Cottage to Let (1941). Further success came throughout the 1950s and 1960s, where he played the part of "Flash Harry" in the popular "St Trinians" films, alongside his close friend and mentor, Alastair Sim. By 1963, Hollywood had recognized the talents of Cole and he was cast in the iconic film, Cleopatra (1963), starring Elizabeth TaylorRichard Burton and Rex Harrison. During the 1970s, George continued to star in films and television programmes, becoming a regular and sought after actor. It is interesting to note that, in 1971, he appeared with Dennis Waterman (who would later become his Minder (1979) co-star) in the horror film, Fright (1971). In 1979, Cole was cast as the hapless "Arthur Daley", a self-professed entrepreneur in the ITV drama Minder(1979), a role he played until 1994. The role showcased Cole's acting prowess and brought him to the attention of a younger audience.

As well as starring in 
Minder (1979), George continued with other projects in film and television, including Root Into Europe (1992), An Independent Man (1995), Mary Reilly(1996), Dad (1997), Station Jim (2001), Bodily Harm (2002) and, alongside his good friend Dennis Waterman, in the BBC hit drama, New Tricks (2003). He also starred in several stage productions. It is hoped that Cole will not be be remembered simply for portraying "Arthur Daley", but instead for being one of Britain's most enduring actors, one of only a handful of actors who can claim to have had a 60-year career and for being an extremely likable, charismatic man.

On leaving school at 14 he saw a newspaper advertisement for auditions taking place the following day for a production of 'White Horse Inn' He went to Gerard Street, in London's West End and was taken on as an understudy. When the boy he was understudying went for a film audition his mother suggested George went with them for the experience and it was George who got the part. He met Alastair Sim when he did the film'Cottage to Let' which was when the German blitz on London was at it's height. Sim suggested that he and his mother move into his house in the country( George's father was dead) and thus began their long relationship.

Family (1)

Spouse Penny Morrell (26 May 1967 - 5 August 2015)  (his death)  (2 children) 
Eileen Moore (1954 - 1962)  (divorced)  (2 children)