Campbell Copelin

Campbell Copelin (died 1988) was an English actor, who moved to Australia in the 1920s and worked extensively in film, theatre, radio and television. He had a notable association with J.C. Williamson Ltd and frequently collaborated with F. W. Thring and Frank Harvey.[1] He often played villains.

Criminal History

On the night of 18 March 1931 Copelin took a £1,000 plane out for a joyride in Melbourne and crashed it into Sandridge golf links, causing him to spend several months in hospital.[2] He was charged with stealing the plane[3] but these charges were later withdrawn on the basis that he had suffered enough through his injuries.[4]

In 1933 Copelin was arrested and fined for stealing a police bicycle.[5]

Selected filmography


  1. "WHO ARE OUR POTENTIAL STARS?". Table Talk. Melbourne. 31 August 1933. p. 17. Retrieved 16 March 2015 via National Library of Australia.
  2. 'Actor Crashes in Plane; Seriously Hurt', The Mail (Adelaide) Saturday 19 March 1932 p2
  3. CAMPBELL COPELIN IN COURT. The Argus (Melbourne), Thursday 16 June 1932, p5.
  4. ACTOR IN COURT. Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton) Friday 17 June 1932, p8.
  5. RELIEF FROM MONOTONY, The Mercury (Hobart) Thursday 23 November 1933 p2
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