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Overview (4)

Born in Camden, London, England, UK
Birth NameAnthony Stewart Head
Nickname Tony
Height 6' 1" (1.85 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Anthony Stewart Head was born on February 20, 1954 in Camden Town, north London, England. He grew up in Hampton, near Richmond upon Thames in London. He's the youngest son of his parents, Seafield Head (a documentary filmmaker) and Helen Shingler (an actress). He is the younger brother of musical actor Murray Head who originated the role of Judas on the original album of 'Jesus Christ Superstar'. His long term partner is former theatre administrator Sarah Fisher who he met when he was 28, and they are the parents of actresses Emily Head and Daisy Head. Besides acting, Head takes after his brother in being an accomplished singer, and they have appeared in many of the same productions, although never at the same time. In 1983, he was in a band named "Two Way". The band released a 45 single with three songs, produced by Richard Dodd and Ron Roker. Head's other skills are: horse riding, swimming, scuba diving, piano, guitar and stage fighting.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Lucille

Spouse (1)

Sarah Fisher (1982 - present) (2 children)

Trade Mark (2)

The role of Giles in Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
Estuary English Accent.

Trivia (20)

Younger brother of Murray Head.
His mother, Helen Shingler, played Madame Maigret in the original BBC series of Maigret (1959).
Appeared, with Sharon Maughan, in a series of popular "Nescafe Gold Blend" coffee adverts in the UK in the 1980s. The adverts were re-edited for broadcast in the U.S. where the coffee is known as "Taster's Choice".
Sang in the musical episode Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Once More, with Feeling (2001).
His own home in Somerset, which he shares with Sarah, Daisy and Emily, was used for the filming of some episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997).
Once played "Dr. Frank N Furter" in a London stage production of "The Rocky Horror Show". He met his partner, Sarah Fisher, at the National Theatre in England. He was performing in "Danton's Death".
After his musical performance in Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Once More, with Feeling (2001), he teamed up with artist George Sarah to create the album "Music for Elevators", which was released on February 5th 2002.
On August 1 2004, after the May 11 2004 incident in which 9 people were killed and more than 40 were injured in an explosion at ICL Plastics in Glasgow, Scotland, he was the headliner at a science fiction convention to raise money for the Grovepark Memorial Fund (for victims and their families). He met fans at the Thistle Hotel. With him were Paul Darrow and Michael Sheard.
Named #5 of the Top Ten Sexiest Men of the Buffy / Angel universe in a fan poll by the Buffy the Vampire Slayer fanzine (2004).
A huge fan of Doctor Who (1963), and auditioned for the role of the Eighth Doctor in the TV movie, Doctor Who (1996). He later appeared as a villain in Doctor Who: School Reunion (2006) and Doctor Who: The Infinite Quest (2007).
Father of Daisy Head and Emily Head.
Divides his time between homes in Los Angeles and England.
Grew up in Hampton, and attended the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts.
Musical talent was showcased early on in his career when, for two Christmas seasons, he appeared as Joseph in Joseph and His Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat at the Everyman Theatre in Cheltenham in the late 1970s.
Was originally cast in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007), as a ghost of one of Sweeney Todd's victims. This character would have sung "The Ballad of Sweeney Todd", its reprises, and the "Epilogue". These songs were recorded, but eventually cut before filming began, as director Tim Burton felt that the songs were too theatrical for the film.
Attending Collectormania 7 at Milton Keynes And... attending the UK premiere of Kingdom of Heaven (2005) in London. [May 2005]
Appearing at the Savoy Theatre London as Captain Hook in Peter Pan and The Pirate King in The Pirates of Penzance, in rep from 15th December 2003 to 20th March 2004. [December 2003]
Playing "Jeff Golding" in Simon Gray's play "Otherwise Engaged" in England. [September 2005]
Although he played Giles with an upper-class British accent, his real accent is much more North London. He got to use it in the episode 'Band Candy' when Giles reverted to his teenage self.
James Marsters based the accent of his character Spike on Head's real-life accent.

Personal Quotes (18)

We used to hang out at Joss's place Sunday nights and do Shakespeare readings. I got to do my Richard III recently. Then we'd have a few tequilas, sit around the piano and sing. I talked to Joss years ago about doing a Buffy musical, and then finally in the summer he sat down and wrote "Once More, With Feeling," episode seven of season six. He's taken the inaccessible area of musicals - why does everybody keep singing? - and turned it to his advantage. It's the answer to "Hush, season four's spellbinding silent episode where nobody could talk. We all sing about the things we're thinking; musicals are about expressing those emotions that you can't talk about. It works a real treat. [January 9, 2002]
I think Giles likes Buffy, but she annoys him. The mere fact that she doesn't want the job that he's offering her -- she frustrates him. She represents everything he doesn't understand. Ultimately he becomes extremely fond of her. People have said, What is it? A father/daughter relationship? And it's not quite. There's nothing like it on TV. It's difficult to pigeonhole. He becomes extremely fond of her and gets into all sorts of terrible trouble because of it. ... Xander is complete anathema to him. A great annoyance because he never seems to take anything seriously. Cordelia is ... Who knows where she's coming from? Willow he respects greatly, but it's all a confusion to him. He's never really sure of anybody or anything. The only thing he is sure about is what he's supposed to do.
'Don't fall back on the parachute (my safety net). Go outside the zone of confidence and find out what's on the other side.'

Anthony Head's answer to the question 'In a nutshell, my philosophy is this...'
I have a very open mind. I believe that there's a spirit world. I believe that there's a lot of stuff out there that we don't know about, don't want to understand, and sometimes we don't want to understand it.
We all sing about the things we're thinking; musicals are about expressing those emotions that you can't talk about. It works a real treat.
One bit of advice someone gave me - which I haven't yet tried - is that if you go to an area where you might pick up a tummy bug, you should seek out the local probiotic yogurt. Eating it will introduce you to the local gut flora, apparently.
Somerset has a wonderful wildness about it - it hasn't been tamed. This is farming country, and there's a realness here - I love it.
Well, it wasn't a holiday, but I had expected to do some sightseeing when I went to Haiti to film a series called 'True Horror' for Discovery. Before I arrived, our film crew were kidnapped and held at knifepoint.
I've always resisted the idea of becoming a David Hasselhoff, and I hope I'm still resisting it.
All through childhood, I dressed up. My Christmas present was always a new dressing-up outfit, that my mother - who was a brilliant seamstress - would make herself. At playgroup the woman who ran it took my parents aside one day and said, we love it when Anthony comes in dressing-up clothes, but it would be really nice to meet Anthony himself one day - he gets absolutely immersed in whatever character he's dressed up as.
When I was filming Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997) in America, for a couple of weeks beforehand we would always fit in a family holiday in California.
My father [Seafield Laurence Stewart Murray Head] was a documentary film director and producer, and my mother [Helen Shingler] was an actress. People think that must have made it easier for me to become an actor, but actually, that's nonsense. My mother said, well, if you must, and my father said I needed to have a second string to my bow, so if I didn't succeed at acting, I'd have something else I could do. Bless his heart, he was fairly controlling.
I've been to Australia a couple of times, but never to the north or the center. I would love to see Ayers Rock.
After I got the part of Rupert Giles in Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997), I lived in Los Angeles for five years, while my partner Sarah and the girls - Daisy was four and Emily was six - stayed in England. I'd try to go home to them every three or four weeks. The production team would work dates around me, and every time I got the chance to have six days clear, I'd get on a plane. Anything less than six days was disruptive - I'd have to leave as soon as they were getting used to having me around. I'd hit the ground running, take over from Sarah, take the girls to school and do as much as I could before I had to go back. I spent quite a lot of money on air fares, but we made it work.
My relationship with my brother [the actor Murray Head] didn't start well. My parents brought me home from hospital on his birthday, 13 days after my own birth. I'd had to stay in hospital because I got whooping cough. Needless to say, I didn't go down that well with my brother. I was not the best birthday present.
I can't put into words how much I missed my family when I was in LA. Even now, I feel emotional about it. It was a real test. I owe an enormous amount to Sarah. She knew I'd always wanted to work in America and when I got the chance, she said, go for it, I'll hold the fort here. In hindsight, it gave us all a wealth of opportunity, Buffy ran for seven seasons and I had the best time of my life. There were moments, though, when I thought I was insane and I would really struggle. I'd put the song Highway, Highway by Stephen Allen Davis on in my car, and just sit there and weep.
When I called my parents to tell them about my new job as Giles, I told them Buffy was brilliant, but at the same time it was really funny. My dad said, ah, the problem with comedy is that all your best bits will end up on the cutting-room floor. He was trying to shield me from disappointment. But you can't protect your children in that way. You simply end up becoming a disappointment yourself. Instead, all you can do is encourage them and be there to support them if their choices don't go the right way.
Acting was there in the very essence of the way we lived. When my brother was quite young, my mother would go off doing films and acting in the theatre, but by the time I was born, she was at home much more and would do more TV. We'd talk a lot about acting and when we watched drama on TV, we'd analyze it deeply afterwards as a family, ad nauseum. Consequently, I got a real mindset about "real acting" and not going over the top.

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