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Michael Dundonald Cochrane (born 19 May 1947) is an English actor who specialises in playing suave, upper-class characters.

Michael Cochrane
Michael Dundonald Cochrane

(1947-05-19) 19 May 1947 (age 72)
Brighton, Sussex, England
Years active1973–present
Spouse(s)Belinda Carroll
ChildrenTomas Cochrane



Cochrane was born in Brighton, East Sussex.[1] He was educated at Cranleigh School.[2] 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), Love in a Cold Climate (1980),[3] The Citadel (1983), a BBC serial adaptation of 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 (1981), The Return of the Soldier (1982), Real Life (1984), Number One Gun (1990), The Saint (1997), Incognito (1998), A Different Loyalty (2004) and The Iron Lady (2011).

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, Trail of the White Worm/The Oseidon Adventure in 2012, and The Fate of Krelos/Return to Telos in 2015. 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).[citation needed] He appeared as the ship's officer in the BBC's Keeping Up Appearances episode titled "Sea Fever" (1993) and he also appeared as Mr Price in the ITV's detective drama Wycliffe episode titled "Strangers" (1997). In 2016, he played the role of the Henry Marten in the Netflix series The Crown. In 2019 Cochrane appeared as one of the Number 2's in the 2016 Big Finish Productions audio drama adaptation of the cult 1960s British TV series The Prisoner aired by BBC Radio 4 Extra.


Cochrane is married to the actress Belinda Carroll.[4]

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  1. ^ Profile,; accessed 11 May 2014.
  2. ^ "The Archers - Oliver Sterling - BBC Radio 4". Retrieved 9 April 2017.
  3. ^ "IMDb Love in a Cold Climate". IMDb. Retrieved 11 October 2015.
  4. ^ "Terminally-ill Archers actress wants her character to survive". 3 January 2017. Retrieved 9 April 2017 – via

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