Ron Cook stars in "Mr. Selfridge" on PBS as Mr. Crabb.

Ron Cook grew up in Coventry, England, where he had a "vague idea of being a teacher." It was his headmaster who told him he came alive on stage, so Cook decided to study theater in education. He got his first job as the front half of a horse in a stage production of "Aladdin" and has been acting ever since.

Professionally acting since the mid-1970s, Cook has had a prolific career in theater, film, and television. His list of screen credits includes the films "Chocolat," "Hot Fuzz," "Topsy Turvy" and "Quills"; and the PBS Masterpiece productions "The Mystery of Edwin Drood," "The Diary of Anne Frank," "The Hound of the Baskervilles," "The Lost Prince," "Casanova," "He Knew He Was Right," "Filth" and "Little Dorrit."

Cook has also appeared in the stage productions of "Twelfth Night," alongside Derek Jacobi, "The Seafarer" and "Juno and the Paycock," which earned him a Laurence Olivier Award for Best Supporting Actor in 2000.


Birthplace: South Shields, Tyne and Wear, England, UK
Hometown: Coventry, England, UK

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