Malcolm Hebden was born 21 December 1939 is an English television and stage actor best known for his role as Norris Cole in the long-running ITV soap opera Coronation Street.
He was born in Chester before his family moved to Burnley, Lancashire, three weeks later. He was educated at West Gate High School and began his career as a window dresser in Burnley. He was involved in amateur dramatics groups, one of which included Richard Moore, called The Highcliffe Players. When aged 28, he attended the Rose Bruford Drama School in London before beginning a career in theatre.
He first appeared as Norris Cole in 1994 and left in 1997, before returning to the role in December 1999 for his current stint in the show. 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’ title for two consecutive years at the 2001 and 2002 Inside Soap Awards. He also made an appearance in Last of the Summer Wine.
In April 2008, Malcolm Hebden suggested to Coronation Street producers that Andrew Sachs should have a guest role in the soap playing Norris’s brother, an idea they accepted.