Malcolm Hebden

Malcolm Hebden (born 21 December 1939) is a retired English actor. He is known for portraying the role of Norris Cole in the ITV soap opera Coronation Street one and off between 1994 to 2020. At the age of 81, he announced his retirement from acting due to ill health.

English actor

Malcolm Hebden
Born (1939-12-21) 21 December 1939 (age 81)

Chester, Cheshire, England
Occupation Actor (retired)
Years active 1972–2020
Known for Coronation Street

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Hebden was born in Chester before his family moved to Burnley, Lancashire, three weeks later.[1] He was educated at West Gate High School and began his career as a window dresser in Burnley.[1] He was involved in amateur dramatics groups, one of which included Richard Moore, called The Highcliffe Players.[2] When aged 28, he attended the Rose Bruford Drama School in London[1] before beginning a career in theatre. He found school difficult due to “severe dyslexia“.[3]

Hebden first appeared in Coronation Street from 1974 to 1975, as Mavis Riley‘s (Thelma Barlow) Spanish boyfriend Carlos. [4] He first appeared as Norris Cole in 1994; he left in 1997, before returning to the role in December 1999. He also appeared in the first episode of the first series of Heartbeat. And also the sixteenth episode of the ninth series.

In 1999, Hebden made a brief, but energetic appearance as a pharmacist in the television film Lost for Words, alongside Pete Postlethwaite, Anne Reid and Thora Hird.[5]

Along with his on-screen business partner Barbara Knox (Rita Sullivan), Hebden won the Best Onscreen Partnership award at the British Soap Awards in May 2006. Additionally, he won the Funniest Character award for two consecutive years at the 2001 and 2002 Inside Soap Awards. He also made an appearance in Last of the Summer Wine.

Hebden had a heart attack in December 2017, and was absent from Coronation Street from December 2017 to April 2019.[6] However, in March 2019, it was announced that Hebden would return briefly in May 2019.[7][8] He made his final appearance in June 2020. In January 2021, he announced his retirement from acting, at the age of 81.[9]

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