Anthony Stewart Head

Anthony Stewart Head


2/20/1954, Camden Town, London, England, UK

Birth Name

Anthony Stewart Head



Also Known As

Anthony Head, Tony Head
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Anthony Stewart Head was born on February 20th 1954 in Camden,(UK). His mother is actress Helen Shingler, and his father is Seafield Head, a producer and the founder of "Verity Films". His elder brother, Murray, is also an actor. His life companion is Sarah Fisher. Sarah and Anthony…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • In 2008, Anthony joined the protests against the building of a Chapel over a graveyard at St John the Baptist Church in Burley. One of the graves which would be impacted is that of his own grandmother, Peggy.

    • Anthony has provided the narration for the show Heroes Unmasked for the UK. Heroes Unmasked tells you about the background information and stories about the characters from the NBC breakout hit show Heroes.

    • Anthony was in a total of 121 episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. This is the sixth highest number of appearances in the Whedonverse.

    • Anthony Head does a lot of charity work, notably for the "Royal United Hospital Bath's Forever Friends Appeal", of which he is vice president. He is also heavily involved in animal welfare and a patron of "The Gambia Horse and Donkey Trust", "Thoroughbred Rehabilitation Centre", "Safe Haven for Donkeys in the Holy Land" and "China Bear Rescue Support Group". Other charity areas Anthony actively supports include health (cancer, AIDS, mental health), hunger and children's care.

    • Anthony provided the narration for Visitor Centre's informational video An Introduction to HorseWorld. HorseWorld is a registered charity located near Bristol, caring for horses, ponies and donkeys in need.

    • Anthony auditioned for the role of The Doctor in Doctor Who: The Movie (aka Doctor Who: The Enemy Within), but the part went to Paul McGann instead.

    • Anthony appeared as the voice of Ponsonby in the PS2 and XBox video game Destroy All Humans 2. He also voiced the character Giles in both Buffy video games; Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Chaos Bleeds.

    • Anthony played an alter ego of his character Giles in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode Band Candy. The alter ego was based on Anthony's own personality and history as a rebellious rocker.

    • He recently appeared as Captain Hook in "Children's Party at the Palace", a live pantomine performed at Buckingham Palace for the Queen's 80th birthday celebrations.

    • Anthony is a vegetarian.

    • From December of 2003 to March of 2004, Anthony played two roles on stage at the Savoy Theatre in London. He played Captain Hook in Peter Pan and The Pirate King in The Pirates of Penzance.

    • Anthony often plays guitar and sings when he appears at conventions. One of the songs he often covers is "Every Breath You Take" by The Police. As a nod to his role on Buffy the Vampire Slayer he often calls this song "The Watcher's Song."

    • In 2004, the Buffy the Vampire Slayer magazine named Anthony #5 in the list of the Top Ten Sexiest Men of the Buffy/Angel universe. This ranking was based on the results of a fan poll by the magazine.

    • In 1983, Anthony was in a band named "Two Way." They released three songs.

    • Anthony and his life-partner Sarah Fisher have two daughters. Emily Rose (born 1989) and Daisy May (born 1991).

    • Anthony wears an earring in his left ear, something very out of synch with his character "Giles" from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. In close shots, however, the hole is quite visible and on a couple of occasions the earring itself has been accidentally left in for a scene or two.

    • Anthony is left handed.

    • Anthony has had a long stage career, and is well known for playing the outrageous transvestite character "Frank N. Furter" in a stage version of The Rocky Horror Picture Show in London.

    • Some of the scenes in the final season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer which take place in England, were actually filmed in Anthony's Somerset home.

    • After positive fan reaction to his musical performances on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Anthony released an album with George Sarah called "Music For Elevators" in February, 2002.

    • Anthony and his life-partner Sarah run the Tilley Farm centre for TTEAM and TTOUCH in Bath, UK. The centre is named for its use of the Tellington TTouch Equine Awareness Method to train horses and companion animals (cats and dogs).

    • In September of 2005, Anthony began a run playing Jeff Golding in the Simon Gray play Otherwise Engaged in London's West End.

    • Anthony Stewart Head's mother was the actress Helen Shingler.

    • Anthony made a reported $50,000 per episode on Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

    • Anthony's brother is Murray Head, an actor best know for singing the song One Night in Bangkok for the musical Chess.

    • Anthony is 6' 1" tall.

    • Anthony has spoken at length with Buffy the Vampire Slayer creator Joss Whedon about doing a spin-off series based around his character, Rupert Giles. The series will be called Ripper and will be set in England, most likely to be broadcast in the UK first and then in the US at a later date.
      So far, they have not been able to coordinate free time enough to do the series, but they both still bring it up often in interviews and both say that that they want it to happen eventually.

    • Anthony Head's was first known in Britain for a series of advertisements for "Nescafe Gold Blend" instant coffee, which involved next door neighbors popping round to each other's houses to borrow some coffee. Seen in sequence, the ads tell the story of a budding romance between the two neighbors, and many viewers were as caught up by their story as by anything else on TV.

      The ads were identical in the United States, but here Nescafe calls the coffee "Taster's Choice."

  • Quotes

    • Anthony: (Explaining why he is credited as 'AND Anthony Stewart Head as Giles' in the opening credits of Buffy the Vampire Slayer) If you don't get the position up front, it's supposed to be the next best thing. If you don't want to go for second billing you have the "AND... AS." The bottom line was she's Buffy so she was up front, so my agent at the time got me the AND, and very pleased I was too, except that people don't seem to know about it.

    • Anthony: (when asked if he would take roles involving nudity) No one would be interested. In fact, I've only been asked to do love scenes at a time when it's not quite as interesting as it might have been once. I seem to be taking my clothes off much more of late, which is not necessarily a good thing. One was definitely for comedy, maybe both were. But no, nobody's asked me to do porn.

    • Anthony Head: (in the BBC Online Chat on January 9th, 2003) I love doing online chats because you get questions from fans - specific questions - and they are by and large more searching than your average journalist's questions, because there's no pitch or angle.

    • Anthony Head: (in the BBC Online Chat on January 9th, 2003, on the question if he had ever read Buffy and Giles fan fiction) I did actually read some fairly purple... I thought, "My God". It was very flattering. That's all I could say really. I thought, "Good grief". But perhaps there's similar stuff about Captain Picard. They coupled me with Willow once, which I found a bit disturbing. I think it's good. It encourages people to write. Somewhere down the line they may use that to propel them to something else.

    • Anthony Stewart Head: 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.

    • Anthony Stewart Head: There is a warmth and generosity about Giles. If I met him in person I think that is what I would be attracted to. In terms of what I enjoy about playing him - the social ineptitude, and the intellect is great fun too as I don't have one!

    • Anthony Stewart Head: I've always resisted the idea of becoming a David Hasselhoff, and I hope I'm still resisting it.

    • Anthony Stewart Head: I think Giles' journey has been fascinating. I think that's what made it such a joy to play. The character was never static; you never knew what his deal was. And you still don't know what his deal is. The conflicts I was given to play are not soapy, they're not silly things or huge story arcs.

    • Anthony Stewart Head: 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.

  • Love him.

    I only started watching Merlin because of him and yeah, thanks for that Tony ;)
  • An amazing talent.

    Most of us probably know Tony Head from his role as Giles in Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Considering the depth of the character and the amazing way Tony portrayed him, am not surprised. The man is very versatile, able to do comedy and drama with the same intensity. In his role as Giles he was absolutely convincing as the rather silly authority figure and as the sorcerer with a past. My personal favorites are the unemployed Giles from season 4 and the season 5 finale where he showed he's not exactly a nice man.

    Beyond Buffy, he's done great work in larger parts (Manchild) and smaller (season one of Jonathan Creek). He also played a Doctor Who villain perfectly, the chilling adult aspects of the series once again underlined with his performance. Tony is especially memorable as the Prime Minister in Little Britain, the amorous target of his aide Sebastian. Watching him evade Sebastian's tries are absolutely hilarious, whether he's dusting in a black leather harness (!) or having Sebastian sing Beautiful to him. I hope they haven't buried the watcher series completely, Tony Head deserves more work. The man is a wonderful actor as well as a complete hottie.moreless