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Radio star Peter Coke dies at 95

Peter Coke in 1956
Peter Coke voiced Paul Temple from 1954 to 1968

Actor Peter Coke, who starred as the detective Paul Temple in the hit Radio 4 series, has died.

Coke, who was 95, portrayed the detective in the series based on Francis Durbridge's novels for 14 years in the 1950s and 60s.

He also acted in many films, including Carry On Admiral.

In later life Coke also achieved success with sculptures which he created from sea shells, opening his own gallery in Norfolk in 2006.

World War II

Coke was born in Southsea in 1913, and his early years were spent in Kenya, where his father was a coffee farmer.

He returned to England to attend Stowe School, and later studied acting at Rada.

He went on to appear in a number of films, but World War II interrupted his blossoming career while he served as an Army officer.

After the war Coke became an antique dealer, and had a shop in the King's Road, Chelsea, for many years.

Coke revived his acting career by the late 1940s, and took on the role of Paul Temple in 1954.

He was also a successful playwright, enjoying his first hit in 1958 with Breath of Spring.


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