Anthony Head Biography
Anthony Head born Anthony Stewart Head is an English actor and musician. He studied at Sunbury Grammar School and London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA).
He become known in the UK following his role in the Gold Blend couple television advertisements for Nescafé Gold Blend, he is also known for his roles as Uther Pendragon in Merlin, Rupert Giles in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Herc Shipwright in BBC Radio 4’s Cabin Pressure and the Prime Minister in Little Britain.
Anthony Head Age
He was born on 20 February 1954 in Camden Town, London, United Kingdom. He is 64 years old as of 2018.
Anthony Head Family
He was born to the late Seafield Laurence Stewart Murray Head, a documentary filmmaker and a founder of Verity Films, and actress Helen Shingler. His older brother Murray Head, is actor and singer.
Anthony Head Wife
He is married to Sarah Fisher, a TTouch Instructor and animal behaviour counsellor. The couple begun living together since 1984.
Anthony Head Daughter
Together with his wife Sarah, the couple has two daughters, Emily Head, born in December 1988, and Daisy head, born in 1991, both are actresses.
Anthony Head Movies
- A Street Cat Named Bob
- Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters
- Repo! The Genetic Opera
- The Iron Lady
- Imagine Me & You
- Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance
- Flying Home
- Despite the Falling Snow
- The Inbetweeners Movie
- Batman: Gotham by Gaslight
- And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself
- The Selection
- Fat Slags
- The Magic Door
- The Great Ghost Rescue
- A Prayer for the Dying
- I’ll Be There
- Amelia and Michael
- Him and Us
- Woof Again! Why Me?
- Richard O’Brien’s Rocky Horror Tribute Show
- The Trial of Lord Lucan
- The Brother
- Reel Life
- Best Actress
Anthony Head Tv Shows
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer
- Little Britain
- The Split
- Dancing on the Edge
- True Horror
- Enemy at the Door
- Still Star-Crossed
- Vanity Fair
- The Invisibles
- Free Agents
- Secret Army
- Doctor Who Confidential
- Heroes Unmasked
- Merlin: Secrets and Magic
- Roger Roger
- Sensitive Skin
- Buffy: The Animated Series
- You, Me and Them
- Love in a Cold Climate (1980)
- How to Get a Council House
- Love in a Cold Climate
- Desperados (2008)
Anthony Head Buffy
Sarah Michelle Gellar takes on the role of Buffy Summers in this TV version of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” based on the film of the same title, which starred Kristy Swanson. Buffy is a Slayer, one in a long line of young women chosen for a specific mission: to seek out and destroy vampires, demons and other forces of darkness. Unlike her predecessors, Buffy establishes a group of supportive friends who aids her in her battles with evil, including Willow, Xander and Cordelia. Her battles with evil are frequent, since Sunnydale, where Buffy and friends live, sits atop a gateway to the realm of the demons.
First episode date: 10 March 1997
Final episode date: 20 May 2003
Theme song: Buffy the Vampire Slayer Theme Song
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Anthony Head’s diverse work ranges from popular TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Merlin, Little Britain and Doctor Who to theatre work like Ticking, Six Degrees of Separation and The Rocky Horror Show. He’s currently starring as Sir John Fletcher in Rattigan’s Love in Idleness at Menier Chocolate Factory, directed by Trevor Nunn; the run begins on 10 March.
What was the first play or film that inspired you to perform?
I was actually just talking to Trevor about famous Hamlets, as this play uses a Hamlet analogy, and I suddenly remembered Christopher Plummer doing this BBC presentation from Elsinore Castle – that had a definite impact.
But it was something that was always there. We’d do these little playlets, and I took them very seriously: when we were being soldiers I practised doing this double take in a scene set at a guarded entry, and my poor mate had to put up with me saying “Let’s do it again, let’s do it again.” I’d dress up every day at playschool – the teachers said “It would be lovely to actually meet Anthony”, because I was always in character. One favourite was Rusty from Rin Tin Tin.
My friend’s mum used to organise these plays, and I wound up playing the emperor in The Emperor’s New Clothes (not naked, I hasten to add). I walked down this little aisle and all these people turned to look at me – I thought “This is it.”
Was drama school always the plan, with your family in the business?
Well, my father got me to do a varied bunch of O-levels and A-levels, so I had a wide-ranging education – he wanted to make sure I had a second string to my bow. I tried to get into Central and got close but didn’t quite make it, so he had the brilliant idea of sending me off to work in the cutting room for his documentary film company, where I learned a great deal. Then he suggested I do Young Stages one summer, and the woman who ran it, Joan McAlpine, found this amazing audition speech and coached me, which made all the difference. So I finally got into LAMDA.
Were you pursuing music as well?
The music was because my brother had a band and I thought he was so cool, so I learned to play guitar when I was 13. I then had – well, not quite a band: it was me and another guitar player and a girl singing. Then at LAMDA I found other people like Nigel Planer and Clive Wood – we used to write together. Some people seemed to be favoured by the ones in charge at LAMDA and we wanted an outlet, so I set up this lunchtime club where people got up and sang.
What was your first professional acting job?
Bizarrely, at the time I was coming out of drama school you couldn’t get a job unless you had an Equity card, but you couldn’t get the card without getting a job! We heard about this national tour of Godspell that Cameron Mackintosh was doing, where they were giving out provisional cards, so we pitched up at the audition. I just happened to have quite a wide range and they’d not been able to find an understudy, so I wound up on tour for a year.
Every Saturday matinee I’d go on for someone different – I had to get to know each of the dances from that point of view. So I was going from Jesus to Judas to playing out-and-out comedy. And we went into the West End with it, so I got a bit of everything in that experience.
How did the famous Nescafé ad come about?
I’d literally just missed the Guinness ad – I came very close, but they cast Rutger Hauer. Then Nescafé happened. The creator came up to me on set and said “Be prepared to be a household name”. He always intended it to be a series if the first one worked – he was setting up do a soap opera. It took me to the States and gave me a real profile out there.
That’s what this business is – opportunities coming in strange ways. I tell my daughters, who both act, we’re on a learning path, and you have to figure out disappointment, becoming resilient, finding the bigger picture. Of course it’s easy to take things personally. By and large all actors are insecure, which is why we like dressing up and pretending to be someone else!
You have to realise rejection is universal. Trevor was talking about this film he was asked to do looking at all the great Hamlets, and he interviewed Olivier, Gielgud, Richard Burton who’d done it on Broadway, and then the project ran out of money and had to be shelved. So it happens to us all. But a few years down the line you might think there’s a reason something didn’t come together, and it was meant to go this way.