Monday, 4 January 2016

Kenneth Cope's daughter joins Coronation Street

(This post was originally posted by Flaming Nora on the Coronation Street Blog December 2015, reposted to this blog with permission.)

Martha Cope joins Coronation Street for an appearance this Christmas.  The Radio Times listing for Christmas week on the Street shows that Martha plays the role of Joanne.

Martha Cope is the daughter of  Kenneth Cope, who played Jed Stone (aka Sunny Jim) on Corrie!  Her mother was also an actress called Renny Lister, who met Kenneth Cope when she worked in Coronation Street as character Jean Stark.

Kenneth Cope and daughter Martha Cope
Kenneth Cope first appeared on Corrie as Jed Stone in 1961

Kenneth Cope returned to Coronation Street as Jed Stone in 2008 when Tony Gordon bought out the owners of the properties in Nightingale Terrance. Tony hoped to redevelop the area, but Jed refused to be moved and turned down Tony's compensation money.  He ended up getting into a tangle with Tony Gordon, who tried to kill him at Underworld and left him for dead in a hamper!


You can watch Jed and Tony here:

Kenneth Cope also worked extensively as an actor for the Carry On films.  If you're a Carry On fan, have a look at our blogger Graeme's Carry On Blog.

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