George Cole

George Cole

Highest Rated: 85% A Christmas Carol (1951)

Lowest Rated: 20% Laughter in Paradise (1951)

Birthday: Apr 22, 1925

Birthplace: Tooting, London, England, UK

Thanks to later roles in which he often played characters connected to the criminal underworld, George Cole's name has long been synonymous with England's rougher, seedier side. However, it is easy to overlook that he is also an accomplished performer with over 70 years of experience spanning radio, film, and television. Cole's career included working alongside top British actors of the '40s and '50s, including stage legend Alastair Sim, whose family took Cole in when he was 15 and helped him lose his Cockney accent. They appeared on the same marquee throughout the decade, most famously in the 1951 version of "A Christmas Carol"--in which Cole played young Ebenezer Scrooge, Sim the older version--and the '54 comedy "The Belles of St. Trinian's." In the latter (and its numerous sequels throughout the '50s and '60s), Cole played the dandy, Flash Harry, who always appeared up to no good, and Sim appeared in drag as the headmistress. Meanwhile, in '59 Cole played Fingers, the inept leader of a group of thieves in the comedy "Too Many Crooks," and in the following decade began playing criminals on television, most notably in the series "Minder." From 1979 to 1994, he co-starred in "Minder" as Arthur Daley, a struggling con man who is not nearly the enterprising criminal he would like others to believe. Thanks to his ability to hide his natural accent, Cole has been able to play upper-crust characters as well.

Highest rated movies

A Christmas Carol
The Vampire Lovers
The Belles of St. Trinian's
Cleopatra
Gone in 60 Seconds
Mary Reilly
Laughter in Paradise

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Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Class Apart George (Character) - 2007
No Score Yet No Score Yet Station Jim Stationmaster Pope (Character) - 2001
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Sleeper George (Character) - 2000
No Score Yet 65% The Ghost of Greville Lodge Great Uncle (Character) - 2000
26% 40% Mary Reilly Mr. Poole (Character) $5.5M 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet Minder on the Orient Express Arthur Daley (Character) - 1985
No Score Yet 61% Deadline Auto Theft Atlee Jackson (Character) - 1983
43% 66% Gone in 60 Seconds Atlee Jackson (Character) - 1974
No Score Yet 39% Fright Jim (Character) - 1971
76% 61% The Vampire Lovers Roger Morton (Character) - 1970
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Legend of Young Dick Turpin William Evans (Character) - 1966
No Score Yet 40% One Way Pendulum Fred (Character) - 1964
56% 69% Cleopatra Flavius (Character) - 1963
No Score Yet 93% Dr. Syn, Alias the Scarecrow Mr. Sexton Mipps/Hellspite (Character) - 1962
No Score Yet 40% The Pure Hell of St. Trinian's "Flash" Harry Cuthbert Edwards (Character) - 1961
No Score Yet 69% Too Many Crooks Fingers (Character) - 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet Don't Panic Chaps! Finch (Character) - 1959
No Score Yet 63% Blue Murder at St. Trinian's "Flash" Harry (Character) - 1957
No Score Yet 82% The Green Man William Blake (Character) - 1957
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Anatomist Dr. Walter Anderson (Character) - 1956
No Score Yet No Score Yet It's a Wonderful World Ken Miller (Character) - 1956
No Score Yet No Score Yet Our Girl Friday Jimmy Carrol (Character) - 1955
No Score Yet 38% Quentin Durward Hayraddin (Character) - 1955
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Prize of Gold Sergeant Roger Morris (Character) - 1955
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Adventures of Sadie Jimmy Carrol (Character) - 1955
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Constant Husband Luigi Sopranelli (Character) - 1955
No Score Yet No Score Yet Where There's a Will Fred Slater (Character) - 1955
71% 68% The Belles of St. Trinian's Flash Harry (Character) - 1954
No Score Yet No Score Yet Happy Ever After Terence (Character) - 1954
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Intruder John Summers (Character) - 1953
No Score Yet No Score Yet Will Any Gentleman? Henry Sterling (Character) - 1952
No Score Yet No Score Yet Who Goes There? Guardsman Arthur Crisp (Character) - 1952
No Score Yet No Score Yet Top Secret George (Character) - 1952
20% 62% Laughter in Paradise Herbert Russell (Character) - 1951
85% 89% A Christmas Carol Young Ebenezer Scrooge (Character) - 1951
No Score Yet No Score Yet Flesh and Blood John Hannah (Character) - 1951
No Score Yet No Score Yet Lady Godiva Rides Again Johnny (Character) - 1951
No Score Yet 80% Gone to Earth Cousin Albert (Character) - 1950
No Score Yet No Score Yet My Brother's Keeper Willie Stannard (Character) - 1949
No Score Yet 62% Quartet Herbert Sunbury (Character) - 1948
No Score Yet 56% The Demi-Paradise Percy (Character) - 1943
No Score Yet 57% Cottage to Let Ronald Mittsby (Character) - 1941

TV

Credit
No Score Yet 73% Heartbeat Unknown (Guest Star) 2005 2008
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Bounder Trevor Mountjoy (Character) 1982-1983