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Anthony Ainley (1932–2004)

Anthony Ainley was a notable British actor and a member of a distinguished British acting family. His brother was Richard Ainley (1910-1967) and his father Henry Ainley (1879-1945). He worked in the theatre for many years and eventually found work in various historical film dramas in the 1970s. However, his claim to fame is in the casting in the ... See full bio »

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Doctor Who
Doctor Who The Master / Tremas / Portreeve / Kalid / Sir Gilles Estram
The Blood on Satan's Claw
The Blood on Satan's Claw Reverend Fallowfield
Exorcism at Midnight
Exorcism at Midnight Dick Alderson


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 1983 The Boy Who Won the Pools (TV Series)
Mr. Simmons
- Episode #1.9 (1983) ... Mr. Simmons
- Episode #1.6 (1983) ... Mr. Simmons
 1980 Mackenzie (TV Series)
Richard Wilcox
- Structural Fault (1980) ... Richard Wilcox
- The Appointed Day (1980) ... Richard Wilcox
- Subject to Contract (1980) ... Richard Wilcox
 1977 Target (TV Series)
Alexander Trist
- Carve Up (1977) ... Alexander Trist
 1977 Secret Army (TV Series)
- Lisa - Codename Yvette (1977) ... Johnson
 1977 Jubilee (TV Series)
Antony Gerrard
- Plain Jane (1977) ... Antony Gerrard
 1976 Within These Walls (TV Series)
James Buckingham
- Visitors (1976) ... James Buckingham
 1976 The Fortune Hunters (TV Movie)
Leslie Symington
 1975 Anne of Avonlea (TV Mini-Series)
Stephen Irving
- Episode #1.4 (1975) ... Stephen Irving
 1974 The Pallisers (TV Mini-Series)
Rev. Emilius
- Part Nineteen (1974) ... Rev. Emilius
- Part Seventeen (1974) ... Rev. Emilius
- Part Sixteen (1974) ... Rev. Emilius
- Part Fifteen (1974) ... Rev. Emilius
- Part Fourteen (1974) ... Rev. Emilius
 1973 Great Mysteries (TV Series)
- The Ingenious Reporter (1973) ... Lafarge
 1973 Warship (TV Series)
Phillip Tashing
- A Standing and Jumping War (1973) ... Phillip Tashing
 1972 Spyder's Web (TV Series)
Clive Hawksworth
- Rev Counter (1972) ... Clive Hawksworth
- The Prevalence of Skeletons (1972) ... Clive Hawksworth
- Nobody's Strawberry Fool (1972) ... Clive Hawksworth
- An Almost Modern Man (1972) ... Clive Hawksworth
- Things That Go Bang in the Night (1972) ... Clive Hawksworth
 1972 Clouds of Witness (TV Mini-Series)
Dennis Cathcart
- Episode #1.1 (1972) ... Dennis Cathcart
 1972 The Shadow of the Tower (TV Mini-Series)
Sir William Courtney
- The Man Who Never Was (1972) ... Sir William Courtney
 1972 The Adventurer (TV Series)
- The Bradley Way (1972) ... Kerston
 1971 Hassan (TV Movie)
 1971 Out of the Unknown (TV Series)
Frank Bowers-One
- Welcome Home (1971) ... Frank Bowers-One
 1971 Elizabeth R (TV Mini-Series)
Henry Sidney
 1971/I In the Devil's Garden
Mr. Bartell
 1971 Play for Today (TV Series)
- The Rainbirds (1971) ... Surgeon
 1971 Doomwatch (TV Series)
Senior House Officer
- No Room for Error (1971) ... Senior House Officer
 1971 The Blood on Satan's Claw
Reverend Fallowfield
 1970 Biography (TV Series)
- Byron (1970) ... Trelawny
 1970 Department S (TV Series)
- A Ticket to Nowhere (1970) ... Supervisor
 1969 Who-Dun-It (TV Series)
Paul Verrier
- The Fall of a Goddess (1969) ... Paul Verrier
 1969 Oh! What a Lovely War
3rd Aide
 1968 The Champions (TV Series)
Landing party lookout #1
- The Dark Island (1968) ... Landing party lookout #1 (uncredited)
 1968 Joanna
 1968 The Avengers (TV Series)
Edward Sunley
- Noon-Doomsday (1968) ... Edward Sunley
 1968 Inspector Clouseau
Bomber LeBec
 1967 You Only Live Twice
Hong Kong Policeman #2 (uncredited)
 1967 Champion House (TV Series)
Leslie Molesworth
- The Second Freedom (1967) ... Leslie Molesworth
 1967 The Golden Age (TV Series)
 1966 Exorcism at Midnight
Dick Alderson
 1965 It's Dark Outside (TV Series)
Det. Sgt. Hunter / Det.-Sgt. Hunter
- The Prevalence of Liars (1965) ... Det. Sgt. Hunter
- A Slight Case of Matrimony (1965) ... Det. Sgt. Hunter
- Arrangement in Black and White (1965) ... Det.-Sgt. Hunter
- Specimens Walk on Their Hind Legs, Too (1965) ... Det. Sgt. Hunter
- The Guilty World of Hosea Pitt (1965) ... Det. Sgt. Hunter
 1942 The Foreman Went to France
Boy (uncredited)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

He acted in John Galsworthy's play, "Justice", at the St. Martin's Theatre in London, England with Eric Portman, Richard Briers and Barbara Murray in the cast. Anthony Sharp was the director. See more »

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2 Interviews | 2 Articles | See more »

Alternate Names:

Tony Holmes | James Stoker | Leon Ny Taiy | Neil Toynay

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Personal Quote:

I once sat next to a girl in a play and had to say 'Would you like some tea?', and I said it and she broke rehearsal and said 'My God you're evil!'. I guess it's something I have.


Just as his Doctor Who character "The Master" would use anagrams to conceal his identity, Ainley would be credited with an anagram of his own name to hide the fact that a character he was playing in certain episodes was The Master in Disguise. Most notably, this led to his credit in "Castrovalva" episode 3 being "Neil Toynay" (Tony Ainley). See more »


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