Michael Cochrane (born 19 May 1947) is an English actor.
Cochrane was born in Brighton, East Sussex. He was educated at Cranleigh School. He has had many television and radio roles including Oliver Sterling in the Radio 4 soap opera The Archers, The Pallisers (1974), Wings (1977–78), Love in a Cold Climate (1980), The Citadel (1983), a BBC serial adaptation of Goodbye Mr. Chips (1984), Raffles (1985–1993), No Job for a Lady, The Chief (1990–1995), and as Sir Henry Simmerson in the Sharpe series. His film career has included roles in Escape to Victory (1981), The Return of the Soldier (1982), Real Life (1984), Number One Gun (1990), The Saint (1997), Incognito (1998), A Different Loyalty (2004) and The Iron Lady (2011).
He has twice appeared in the BBC science fiction series Doctor Who, first as Charles Cranleigh in the serial Black Orchid (1982) and later as Redvers Fenn-Cooper in Ghost Light (1989). Cochrane was later associated with Doctor Who when he appeared in the 2006 Big Finish Productions audio drama, No Man's Land.
He was featured in the ITV science fiction series The Uninvited. In 2008, he appeared in the soap opera Doctors as Daniel's solicitor and in 2009 in Margaret as MP Alan Clark. Also in 2009 Cochrane appeared as "Cunningham," a confidence trickster and sneak thief in two episodes of the British television series Heartbeat ("Thursday's Children" and "The Middle of Somewhere") both of which were set in Australia.
He appeared in the sitcom Perfect World as the sex-obsessed marketing director. He appeared in Offending Angels (2002). He was seen as the vicar in Downton Abbey with Hugh Bonneville and Maggie Smith as well as Johnny Darby in the one-off special Panto! written by John Bishop and Jonathan Harvey.
He had a small role in episode 5 of the BBC serial drama The Musketeers (2014). He appeared as the ship's officer in the BBC's Keeping Up Appearances episode titled "Sea Fever" (1993) and he also appeared as Mr Price in the ITV's detective drama Wycliffe episode titled "Strangers" (1997).
In 2016, he played the role of Henry Marten in the Netflix series The Crown. In 2019 Cochrane appeared as one of the Number 2's in the 2016 Big Finish Productions audio drama adaptation of the cult 1960s British TV series The Prisoner aired by BBC Radio 4 Extra.
|1976–1978||Wings||Lt. Charles Gaylion|
|1980||Love in a Cold Climate||Cedric Hampton||TV Serial|
|1981||The Life and Times of David Lloyd George||Charles Masterman||TV Serial|
|Escape to Victory||Farrell – The English|
|1982, 1989||Doctor Who||Lord Cranleigh/Redvers Fenn-Cooper||2 episodes|
|1982||The Return of the Soldier||Stephen|
|1984||Frankenstein||Henry Clervell||TV Movie|
|1987||Fortunes of War||Clifford||Miniseries|
|1989–2010||The Bill||Commander Whiteside/Nigel Boscombe/Howard Walsh||3 episodes|
|1990||Howard's Way||Pierre Challon||1 episode|
|Number One Gun||Flash Fairmaid|
|1992||A Dangerous Man: Lawrence After Arabia||Winston Churchill||TV Movie|
|1993–2008||Sharpe||Sir Henry Simmerson|
|1993||Keeping Up Appearances||The Ship's Officer||Episode: Sea Fever|
|1997||The Saint||Cold Fusion Broker|
|Heartbeat||Derek Lightfoot||Episode: Fool for Love|
|Wycliffe||Mr. Price||Episode: Strangers|
|1998||Coronation Street||Bob Fay||1 episode|
|2002||A Touch of Frost||Babcock, HMI||2 episodes|
|2003||Spooks||Ross Vaughan||1 episode|
|2004||A Different Loyalty||Dick Madsen|
|2005–2019||Doctors||Rowland Bryant/Charles Honeychurch/Tom O'Docherty/Judge David Tennyson|
|2010||Law & Order: UK||Judge Burchville||Episode: Help|
|2011–2012, 2015||Downton Abbey||Reverend Travis|
|2011||The Iron Lady||William|
|2012||Run for Your Wife||Man on Bus|
|Titanic: Blood and Steel||Captain Smith||Miniseries|
|2013||The Escape Artist||Judge||Miniseries (Part 2)|
|2014||The Musketeers||Judge||Episode: Homecoming|
|2016||The Crown||Henry Marten||Episode: Scientia Potentia Est|
|2021||The Outlaws||Mr Kingsley (lawyer)||Episodes 2&5|
|1985–1993||Raffles||Bunny Manders||BBC Radio 4|
|2000–||The Archers||Oliver Sterling||BBC Radio 4 Soap Opera|
|2002–2003||King Street Junior Revisited||Mr Maxwell||BBC Radio 4|
|2021||Bravely Default II||Archbishop Domenic||Voice role|