Tony Pitts Biography
Tony Pitts born as Antony Pitts is an English actor and a screenwriter widely known for playing Archie Brooks in the long-running British soap Emmerdale Farm as from 1983 and 1993.
Tony Pitts Age
He was born on 10 October 1962 in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England, UK. He is 56 years old as of 2018.
Tony Pitts Family
His father was a carpenter while his mother was a midwife and so he was brought up in a not so well to do family. Initially, he intended to become a physician but instead ended up working as a car mechanic in his early career. He attended Stannington College and during his stay in college, he was paid a visit by Sheffield Barry Hines who was looking to extras for his upcoming Looks and Smiles. He was then cast and later he upgraded to a bigger role in the production. Since then, he decided to follow his dream to become a great6 actor that he since has been.
Tony Pitts Wife
Details regarding his wife or his children or even his girlfriend are not available as of February 2019.
He landed a role in the British soap opera Emmerdale playing as the lovable young rogue Archie Brooks. He was chosen for the role by Kevin Laffan who was impressed by his portrayal of the title character in a theatrical adaptation of Nicholas Nickleby. He believed that Anthony’s acting ability and his strong Yorkshire accent meant he was well suited for the role.
This was his first role in television series and he first appeared on the show on 18 November 1983 and remained in the show for the next ten years. He was involved in storylines that included his prison sentence in 1989 when he set dire to Sethman’s property and his relationship with lesbian Zoe Tate in 1993.
He was axed from the show in1993 where Archie was killed off in the infamous Emmerdale plane crash making his last appearance on the show on 30 December 1993.
In his time away from Emmerdale, he made notable guest appearance in shows including Casualty, EastEnders, The Bill, The Royal, Unforgiven in 2009. He has appeared in the police drama Heartbeat on two occasions for the first time in 1998 as Carl Southall and the second time in 2005 as Brian Gilbert. He appeared as DI Healey In Deep alongside Nick Berry and Stephen Tompkinson.
He has had roles in several other TV shows and films such as Scott & Bailey, War Horse, Sherlock, Peaky Blinders and Line of Duty.
Accused – Season 1 – Sergeant George Wade
Scott & Bailey – Season 1 – Adrian Scott
Sherlock – Season 2 – Chief Superintendent
Silent Witness – Season 14 – DS Kevin Balshaw
The Street – Season 3 – Tony
Tony Pitts Peaky Blinders
He starred as Sergeant Moss in 2013.
Tony Pitts Line Of Duty
He starred as Detective Chief Superintendent Les Hargreaves
Tony Pitts Funny Cow
He wrote Funny Cow as well as starred as Bob.
Tony Pitts Star Wars
He starred as Captain Patero.
Tony Pitts Scott And Bailey
He stars as Adrian Scott.
Tony Pitts Emmerdale Farm
He played the role of Archie Brooks.
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Tony Pitts Interview
Funny Cow: Tony Pitts Interview
Sarah Cook: Funny Cow is the most interesting character I’ve seen in a while where did she come from?
Tony Pitts: I met Maxine and instantly could see who she was. I just went “I want to write for you.” Up until that point, I hadn’t written specifically for someone. Then the idea came around about a comedienne. I didn’t want to do a biopic, I wasn’t interested in that. I just knew that time and place, as did Maxine. We had the same experiences that shaped us both.
Both Maxie and I are cuckoos, I think. Neither of us has really found anywhere and we didn’t fit into any group. I recognise that in her. I wanted to write something about being yourself.
It’s a film about having an inescapable personality. She doesn’t have a choice other than being herself, and realising all these things as a child and how powerful comedy is as a way of protecting herself.
SC: Even as a child you can see her confidence and personality shine through…
TP: And that girl (Hebe Beardsall) is amazing, isn’t she? We were all enchanted.
She is very difficult to define. As a character, she has an abusive Dad, a drunken Mum, and she doesn’t fit in. So she builds a camouflage of comedy around her.
SC: And it isn’t just a shield but she also wields it as a sword.TP: Absolutely! It is something to make sense of the rest of her. It’s vocational. She can’t do anything else. It’s like there was kind of an epiphany where she is told by someone at school “oh you’re funny” and she’s like “yes, that’s what I am.” You flounder around until someone points it out. Then you find your tribe of people.
She does use it as a sword and it’s a visceral response to find everything funny. I’m interested in laughter against difficult times. Laughter when it’s inappropriate. That’s what I am interested in.
SC: Why was it so important, then, to have scenes where she laughs in the face of abuse?
TP: I felt the scene we absolutely had to include was with her partner Bob (played by Pitts) and they’re in the pub dancing and enjoying each other. That laughter is powerful because you realise Bob is just a fearful scared man who is trying to bash her to comply. And it’s all out of fear. He knows that he never would. It’s extraordinary to see that laughter. That’s all Maxine.