William Edward Charles Wootton Abney (7 January 1921 - 9 August 1997) played Reverend Copley on Coronation Street in 1977, and Jim Lorimer in 1980. His other television credits include The Adventures of William Tell, Crossroads, Special Branch, Play for Today, All Creatures Great and Small, Robin's Nest and The Return of Sherlock Holmes.
The son of Henry Charles Wootton Abney, of the landed gentry family of Abney of Measham Hall, Derbyshire, by his wife, Janet Bentley Littlejohn, Abney was educated at Cranleigh School and the Central School of Speech and Drama.
As a film actor, Abney appeared in Horrors of the Black Museum (1959), Never Take Sweets from a Stranger (1960), Two-Way Stretch, (1960), Cone of Silence (1960), The City of the Dead (1960), Hitler: The Last Ten Days (1973), The Legacy (1979), North Sea Hijack (1980) and Curse of the Pink Panther (1983).
As a writer, Abney wrote the story for "Poor Butterfly" (1969), an episode of Journey to the Unknown (TV series).
|1957||The Steel Bayonet||Artillery Officer|
|1959||Horrors of the Black Museum||Patrol Constable #1|
|1959||The Night We Dropped a Clanger||2nd German Sentry|
|1960||Two-Way Stretch||Visiting Room Warder|
|1960||Never Take Sweets from a Stranger||1st Policeman|
|1960||Cone of Silence||First Officer|
|1960||The City of the Dead||Policeman|
|1962||Flight from Singapore||Flight Lt. Bob Elliott|
|1963||On the Run||Jock McKay|
|1964||We Shall See||Shaw|
|1973||Hitler: The Last Ten Days||Voss|
|1979||North Sea Hijack||Gail|
|1983||Curse of the Pink Panther||Hugo the Houseman|
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