Tony Slattery

Tony Slattery


11/5/1959, Stonebridge, London, England, UK

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Anthony Declan James Slattery was born on November 9, 1959, in Northern London to working class Irish immigrants. He is the youngest of five (Marlene, and the triplets, Christopher, Michael and Stephen). After completing his schooling at Gunnersbury Boy's Grammar School in West London, Tony won a scholarship…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Tony presented Speak for Yourself - A Guide to making Effective Presentations ... a video produced by the BBC to help improve presenting styles.

    • In the early 1990s, Tony contributed to the observation round of UK game show The Krypton Factor, with a role in the regular weekly skit Dead Ringer.

    • Tony has a black belt in Judo, awarded when he was 17.

    • Tony appeared in Stars in their Eyes, where he impersonated Paul Heaton, lead singer of The Housemartins.

    • Tony took part in the 50th Anniversary Celebrations of the English Stage Company by appearing with many other celebrations in a charity performance of The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

    • Tony Slattery took part in Stephen Fry's award-wining documentary, The Secret Life of the Manic Depressive, talking about his own experiences.

    • Tony has an MA from Cambridge in Modern and Mediaeval languages.

    • In 1998, Tony was voted by students as Rector for the University of Dundee.

  • Quotes

    • (explaining why, in 2000, he chose to put the words "Tony Slattery says sorry to all the people he's neglected to cherish" up in Piccadilly Circus))
      Tony: I'll never wipe the slate clean after all the terrible things I did during the bad times, but it's a start.

    • (on why suicide wasn't the answer to his problems)
      Tony: It's not courageous to take your own life, it's cowardly. I didn't want to leave those I love - who had shown me so much kindness - grieving. So, that morning about a year ago, I made the decision to live. I wanted to go on, to achieve something. Also I was broke. I wondered what I'd been doing, there had been so much waste. It is so easy to hate yourself. Now I'm learning to love. It's tricky, but I'm getting there.

    • (at a sale of "Spitting Image" puppets in 2001, Tony had an ulterior motive for wanting to buy his own puppet)
      Tony: My passport is up for renewal soon, and I will try to use a picture of the puppet for my passport photo.

    • (on his breakdown in 1996 at the age of 36)
      Tony: There was a lot of stuff in the bank of emotional darkness, and, eventually, when I did make a withdrawal, I took it all out at once. I didn't just make a withdrawal as normal people do: every couple of weeks, they go to the hole in the wall and they take out their dose of pain and disappointment and rage and anger and betrayal and bitterness. I didn't make any withdrawal at all, until one day I went to the bank and emptied my entire vault.

    • (on his debut as Edward II)
      Tony: I played the title role and when they inserted the red-hot poker into me on the first night they got it wrong and set fire to my pants. The curtain came down but not before the audience saw one of the executioners trying to blow the flames out.