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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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Known For

Doctor Who The Master / Tremas / Portreeve / Kalid / Sir Gilles Estram
(1981-1989)
Nicholas Nickleby Sir Mulberry Hawk
(1977)
Lillie Lord Carrington
(1978)
The Pallisers Rev. Emilius
(1974)

Filmography

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 1997 Doctor Who: Destiny of the Doctors (Video Game)
The Master
 1981-1989 Doctor Who (TV Series)
The Master / Tremas / Portreeve / ...
- Survival: Part Three (1989) ... The Master
- Survival: Part Two (1989) ... The Master
- Survival: Part One (1989) ... The Master
- The Trial of a Time Lord: Part Fourteen (1986) ... The Master
- The Trial of a Time Lord: Part Thirteen (1986) ... The Master
 1985 Who Cares?: Doctor in Distress (Video short)
The Master
 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
 1978 Lillie (TV Mini Series)
Lord Carrington
- Going on the Stage (1978) ... Lord Carrington
- The Sailor Prince (1978) ... Lord Carrington
 1978 The Devil's Crown (TV Series)
Pope Innocent III
- Tainted King (1978) ... Pope Innocent III
 1977 Target (TV Series)
Alexander Trist
- Carve Up (1977) ... Alexander Trist
 1977 Secret Army (TV Series)
Johnson
- Lisa - Codename Yvette (1977) ... Johnson
 1977 Jubilee (TV Series)
Antony Gerard
- Plain Jane (1977) ... Antony Gerard
 1977 Nicholas Nickleby (TV Mini Series)
Sir Mulberry Hawk
- Episode #1.5 (1977) ... Sir Mulberry Hawk
- Episode #1.4 (1977) ... Sir Mulberry Hawk
- Episode #1.3 (1977) ... Sir Mulberry Hawk
- Episode #1.2 (1977) ... Sir Mulberry Hawk
 1976 Within These Walls (TV Series)
James Buckingham
- Visitors (1976) ... James Buckingham
 1976 The Fortune Hunters (TV Movie)
Leslie Symington
 1976 The Flight of the Heron (TV Series)
Lord George Murray
- Episode #1.4 (1976) ... Lord George Murray
 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 Upstairs, Downstairs (TV Series)
Lord Charles Gilmour
- What the Footman Saw (1973) ... Lord Charles Gilmour
- The Bolter (1973) ... Lord Charles Gilmour
- A Change of Scene (1973) ... Lord Charles Gilmour
 1973 Orson Welles' Great Mysteries (TV Series)
Lafarge
- The Ingenious Reporter (1973) ... Lafarge
 1973 Warship (TV Series)
Phillip Tashing
- A Standing and Jumping War (1973) ... Phillip Tashing
 1972 The Adventurer (TV Series)
Kerston
- The Bradley Way (1972) ... Kerston
 1972 BBC Play of the Month (TV Series)
Ferdinand Gadd
- Trelawny of the Wells (1972) ... Ferdinand Gadd
 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 Series)
Sir William Courtney
- The Man Who Never Was (1972) ... Sir William Courtney
 1971 Brett (TV Series)
Gerard Delamore
- The Trump Card (1971) ... Gerard Delamore
- Never Squeeze a Cherrystone (1971) ... Gerard Delamore
 1971 Out of the Unknown (TV Series)
Frank Bowers-One
- Welcome Home (1971) ... Frank Bowers-One
 1971 The Blood on Satan's Claw
Reverend Fallowfield
 1971 Elizabeth R (TV Mini Series)
Henry Sidney
- The Marriage Game (1971) ... Henry Sidney
 1971/I In the Devil's Garden
Mr. Bartell
 1971 Play for Today (TV Series)
Surgeon
- The Rainbirds (1971) ... Surgeon
 1971 Doomwatch (TV Series)
Senior House Officer
- No Room for Error (1971) ... Senior House Officer
 1970 Biography (TV Series)
Trelawny
- Byron (1970) ... Trelawny
 1970 Hassan (TV Movie)
Ishak
 1969 Who-Dun-It (TV Series)
Paul Verrier
- The Fall of a Goddess (1969) ... Paul Verrier
 1969 Department S (TV Series)
Supervisor
- A Ticket to Nowhere (1969) ... Supervisor
 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 The Avengers (TV Series)
Edward Sunley
- Noon Doomsday (1968) ... Edward Sunley
 1968 Joanna
Bruce
 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 Naked Evil
Dick Alderson
 1965 It's Dark Outside (TV Series)
Det. Sgt. Hunter / Detective Sergeant Hunter / Det.-Sgt. Hunter
- The Prevalence of Liars (1965) ... Det. Sgt. Hunter
- A Slight Case of Matrimony (1965) ... Detective Sergeant 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) ... Detective Sergeant Hunter
 1942 Somewhere in France
Boy (uncredited)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Provided a commentary for the Doctor Who DVD "The Keeper of Traken". See more »

Publicity Listings:

2 Interviews | 2 Articles | See more »

Alternate Names:

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

Height:

5' 9½" (1.77 m)

Parents:

Ainley, Henry | Holmes, Clarice
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Did You Know?

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.

Trivia:

After Roger Delgado, Peter Pratt and Geoffrey Beevers, he was the fourth actor to play the Master, the Doctor's greatest enemy, in Doctor Who (1963). He played the role from the 1981 serial "The Keeper of Traken" to the 1989 serial "Survival". He is the longest running Master. He was succeeded in the role by Gordon Tipple, Eric Roberts, Sir Derek Jacobi and John Simm. See more »

Trademark:

Smooth, aristocratic villains

Nickname:

Tony

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