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Date Of BirthFebruary 20, 1954
FactAppearing 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]

Anthony Head was born on February 20, 1954, in Camden Town, London, England. His father, Seafield Laurence Stewart Murray Head, was a documentary filmmaker and one-time actor, and his mother, Helen Shingler, was an actress. He has a younger sister, actress and singer Murray Head. Head was educated at Ashdown House School in Forest Row, East Sussex, and then at Westminster School in London. He later attended the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art in London.

Head began his acting career in the 1970s with appearances on British television series such as “The New Avengers” and “Rumpole of the Bailey.” He made his film debut with a small role in the 1976 film “Assault on Precinct 13.” In the 1980s, he had supporting roles in films such as “Ghandi” (1982), “The Bounty” (1984), and “A View to a Kill” (1985).

Head’s breakthrough role came in the early 1990s when he was cast as Rupert Giles, the librarian and Watcher on the television series “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.” He appeared on the show for all seven seasons and also reprised the role for the spin-off series “Angel.”

In recent years, Head has had roles on the television series “Merlin” (2008-2012), “Warehouse 13” (2014-2015), and “Once Upon a Time” (2017-2018). He has also appeared in films such as “Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief” (2010) and “The Iron Lady” (2011).

Head is married to Sarah Fisher, with whom he has two daughters. He was previously married to actress Jennifer Ehle from 1999 to 2004.

Head has a net worth of $5 million.

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Full NameAnthony Head
Date Of BirthFebruary 20, 1954
Height1.85 m
ProfessionVoice Actor, Singer
EducationLondon Academy of Music and Dramatic Art


ChildrenEmily Head, Daisy Head
ParentsHelen Shingler, Seafield Laurence Stewart Murray Head
SiblingsMurray Head
PartnerSarah Fisher, Sarah Fisher


MoviesPercy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, Repo! The Genetic Opera, The Iron Lady, Imagine Me & You, The Inbetweeners Movie, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, A Street Cat Named Bob, Flying Home, Despite the Falling Snow, Persuasion, The Magic Door, The Fat Slags, I'll Be There, Scoop, And Starring Pancho Vill...
TV ShowsBuffy the Vampire Slayer, Merlin, Dominion, Little Britain, Dancing on the Edge, True Horror, Manchild, VR.5, Enemy at the Door, Heroes Unmasked, Doctor Who Confidential, Secret Army, Free Agents, Merlin: Secrets and Magic, The Invisibles, Sold, Sensitive Skin, Buffy the Animated Series, Love in a C...

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1'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...'
2I 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.
3We 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]


1James Marsters based the accent of his character Spike on Head's real-life accent.
2Although 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.
3Playing "Jeff Golding" in Simon Gray's play "Otherwise Engaged" in England. [September 2005]
4Appearing 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]
5Attending Collectormania 7 at Milton Keynes And... attending the UK premiere of Kingdom of Heaven (2005) in London. [May 2005]
6Was 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.
7Musical 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.
8Grew up in Hampton, and attended the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts.
9Divides his time between homes in Los Angeles and England.
10Father of Daisy Head and Emily Head.
11A 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).
12Named #5 of the Top Ten Sexiest Men of the Buffy / Angel universe in a fan poll by the Buffy the Vampire Slayer fanzine (2004).
13On 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.
14After 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.
15Once 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".
16His 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).
17Sang in the musical episode Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Once More, with Feeling (2001).
18Appeared, 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".
19His mother, Helen Shingler, played Madame Maigret in the original BBC series of Maigret (1959).
20Younger brother of Murray Head.




Free Agents2009TV SeriesStephen Caudwell
Free Agents2009TV MovieStephen Caudwell
Repo! The Genetic Opera2008Nathan Repo Man (as Anthony Stewart Head)
The Invisibles2008TV SeriesMaurice Riley
Freezing2008TV SeriesLindsay Posner
Sold2007TV SeriesMr. Colubrine
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street2007Man in street - greets Todd after competition (uncredited)
Amelia and Michael2007ShortMichael
Sensitive Skin2007TV SeriesTom Paine
Doctor Who: The Infinite Quest2007TV MovieBaltazar (voice)
Persuasion2007TV MovieSir Walter Elliot
The Magic Door2007VideoGeorge
Little Britain2003-2006TV SeriesThe Prime Minister
Little Britain: Live2006VideoPrime Minister
The Rocky Horror Tribute Show2006VideoFrank - 1990 Cast
Destroy All Humans! 22006Video GameReginald Ponsonby-Smythe (voice, as Anthony Stewart Head)
Him and Us2006TV MovieMax Flash
The Children's Party at the Palace2006TV SpecialCaptain Hook (Peter Pan)
Doctor Who2006TV SeriesMr. Finch
Hotel Babylon2006TV SeriesMr. Machin
Rose and Maloney2005TV SeriesDr. David Terry
Imagine Me & You2005Ned
Framing Frankie2005Dennis Folley
My Family2003-2005TV SeriesAnthony Head / Richard Harper
M.I.T.: Murder Investigation Team2005TV SeriesStewart Masters
Monarch of the Glen2004TV SeriesChester Grant
Fat Slags2004Victor
New Tricks2004TV SeriesSir Tim
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Animated Series2004TV MovieRupert Giles (voice)
Reversals2003TV MovieMr. Andrew Barton
And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself2003TV MovieWilliam Benton (as Anthony Stewart Head)
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Chaos Bleeds2003Video GameRupert Giles (voice, as Anthony Stewart Head)
I'll Be There2003Sam Gervasi (as Anthony Stewart Head)
Buffy the Vampire Slayer1996-2003TV SeriesRupert Giles
Manchild2002-2003TV SeriesJames
Fillmore!2002TV SeriesProfessor Third
Buffy the Vampire Slayer2002Video GameRupert Giles (voice, as Anthony Stewart Head)
MI-52002TV SeriesPeter Salter
Doctor Who: Death Comes to Time2002TV Mini-SeriesValentine
Silent Witness2001TV SeriesHenry Hutton
Best Actress2000TV MovieColin Truemans (as Anthony Stewart Head)
Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place1999TV SeriesDr. Staretski
Jonathan Creek1997TV SeriesAdam Klaus
VR.51995-1997TV SeriesOliver Sampson
Roger Roger1996TV MovieJimmy Price
NYPD Blue1995TV SeriesNigel Gibson
Ghostbusters of East Finchley1995TV SeriesTerry
The Trial of Lord Lucan1994TV MovieDominic Elwes
Royce1994TV MoviePitlock
Highlander1993TV SeriesAllan Rothwood
The Detectives1993TV SeriesSimon
Woof Again! Why Me?1992Video
Woof!1991TV SeriesB J Bentley Bentley
Hard Cases1989TV SeriesDC 'Spider' Webb
La collina del diavolo1988TV MovieMichael Toyle
The Zero Option1988Bruce Michaelis
Les Girls1988TV SeriesVince
The Comic Strip Presents...1984-1988TV SeriesRecording Studio Engineer / Ricki
Rockliffe's Babies1988TV SeriesChris Patterson
Pulaski: The TV Detective1987TV SeriesDudley Fielding
A Prayer for the Dying1987Rupert
Boon1987TV SeriesRichard Rathbone
Howards' Way1985TV SeriesPhil Norton
C.A.T.S. Eyes1985TV SeriesJames Sinden
Celebrity Playhouse1981TV SeriesWilfred Kirby
BBC2 Playhouse1981TV SeriesChief Hook
Bergerac1981TV SeriesBill
Lady Chatterley's Lover1981Anton
Love in a Cold Climate1980TV Mini-SeriesTony Kroesig
Secret Army1979TV SeriesHanslick
The Mallens1979TV SeriesWeir
Jackanory Playhouse1979TV SeriesSpare
Accident1978TV SeriesSimon Lovell
Lillie1978TV Mini-SeriesWilliam Le Breton
Enemy at the Door1978TV SeriesClive Martel
Still Star-Crossed2017TV Series filmingLord Capulet
A Street Cat Named Bob2016Jack Bowen
Guilt2016TV SeriesJames / James Lahue
Drunk History: UK2016TV SeriesAdmiral Horatio Nelson Alexander Graham Bell
The Brother2016/IJack
Despite the Falling Snow2016Old Misha
Dominion2014-2015TV SeriesDavid Whele
Rocky Horror Show Live2015Narrator
Yonderland2015TV SeriesNigel
You, Me & Them2013-2015TV SeriesEd Walker
Galavant2015TV SeriesGalavant's Father
Warehouse 132013-2014TV SeriesParacelsus
Flying Home2014Colin's Father
Death of a Farmer2014John
Reel Life2013ShortLorenzo
NTSF:SD:SUV2013TV SeriesCorningham
Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters2013Chiron (as Anthony Stewart Head)
Underdogs2013Flash (English version, voice)
Dancing on the Edge2013TV Mini-SeriesDonaldson
The Selection2013TV MovieKing Clarkson
Free Agents2011-2012TV SeriesStephen
Merlin2008-2012TV SeriesUther Pendragon Uther
The Iron Lady2011Geoffrey Howe
Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance2011Benedict
The Great Ghost Rescue2011Prime Minister
The Inbetweeners Movie2011Will's Dad
Children in Need2009-2010TV SeriesUther Pendragon
Flip's Twisted World2010Video GameNarrator (voice)


Rocky Horror Show Live2015performer: "Eddie's Teddy", "The Time Warp Encore Reprise"
Galavant2015TV Series performer - 1 episode
Repo! The Genetic Opera2008performer: "Shilo Wakes", "Legal Assassin", "Thankless Job", "Inoppurtune Telephone Call", "Who Ordered Pizza?", "Night Surgeon", "Everyone's a Composer", "Come Back!", "What Chance Has a 17 Year Old Girl?", "Nathan Discovers Rotti's Plan", "Tonight We are Betrayed", "At the Opera Tonight", "Let the Monster Rise", "Sawman's Lament", "The Man Who Made You Sick", "Shilo Turns Against Rotti", "I Didn't Know I'd Love You So Much"
Buffy the Vampire Slayer2000-2001TV Series performer - 4 episodes
Rocky Horror 25: Anniversary Special2000TV Movie performer: "Planet, Schmanet, Janet"


How to Get a Council House2013-2015TV Series documentaryNarrator
Doctor Who Live: The Afterparty2013TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)
This Morning2004-2013TV SeriesHimself
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson2011TV SeriesHimself - Guest
In Love with Shakespeare2011TV MovieHimself
The Iron Lady: Meet the Politicians2011Video documentary shortHimself / Geoffrey Howe
Saturday Kitchen2010TV SeriesHimself
Breakfast2005-2010TV SeriesHimself
GMTV2006-2010TV SeriesHimself
Doctor Who Confidential2006-2010TV Series documentaryHimself - Narrator / Himself
Merlin: Secrets & Magic2009TV Series documentaryHimself
Points West2006-2009TV SeriesHimself
The Paul O'Grady Show2006-2009TV SeriesHimself
When Boris Met Dave2009TV Movie documentaryHimself - Narrator (voice)
Something for the Weekend2009TV SeriesHimself
Richard & Judy2003-2009TV SeriesHimself
Cinema 32009TV SeriesHimself
Heroes Unmasked2007-2008TV Series documentaryHimself - Narrator
Comedy Connections2008TV Series documentaryHimself
Britain's Closest Encounters2008TV Series documentaryHimself - Narrator
50 Ways to Leave Your TV Lover2008TV Movie documentaryHimself
50 Greatest TV Endings2008TV Movie documentaryHimself
The One Show2008TV SeriesHimself
All Star Mr & Mrs2008TV SeriesHimself
Friday Night with Jonathan Ross2008TV SeriesHimself
NRJ 12: Scream Awards2007TV SpecialHimself
Scream Awards 20072007TV SpecialHimself
Animal Rescue Live2007TV SeriesHimself
'Little Britain' Down Under2007TV Movie documentaryHimself
Totally Doctor Who2007TV Mini-Series documentaryBaltazar
The Friday Night Project2007TV SeriesHimself
Perfect Night In2007TV Series documentaryHimself
Loose Women2007TV SeriesHimself
Comic Relief 2007: The Big One2007TV SpecialVarious
Brit Awards 20072007TV SpecialHimself
True Asian Horror: Part One2007TV Movie documentaryNarrator (voice)
True Asian Horror: Part Two2007TV Movie documentaryNarrator (voice)
The British Comedy Awards 2006 Live2006TV SpecialHimself
The National Television Awards2006TV Movie documentaryHimself - Presenter
Blue Peter2006TV SeriesHimself
The Sharon Osbourne Show2006TV SeriesHimself
Only Fools on Horses2006TV SeriesHimself
1 Leicester Square2006TV SeriesHimself
The Bigger Picture2006TV SeriesHimself
Wogan Now & Then2006TV SeriesHimself
Morning Glory2006TV SeriesHimself
'Little Britain' Night2005TV MovieHimself
Today with Des and Mel2004-2005TV SeriesHimself
T42005TV SeriesHimself
Little Documentary2005Video documentary shortHimself
Best Ever Ads2005TV Movie documentaryHimself
Rove Live2005TV SeriesHimself
The British Comedy Awards 20042004TV SpecialHimself (uncredited)
True Horror with Anthony Head2004TV Series documentaryHimself - Presenter
'Buffy': Season 7 Overview2004Video documentary shortHimself
Tracy Beaker Parties with Pudsey2004TV MovieHimself (Part 3)
Horsetails2004TV Series documentaryHimself
Jack Dee Live at the Apollo2004TV SeriesHimself - Audience Member
From Bard to Verse2004TV SeriesHimself
The 100 Greatest Musicals2003TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Terry and Gaby Show2003TV Series
Talking to Animals2003TV Series documentaryHimself / Narrator (voice)
Loose Lips2003TV Series documentaryHimself
'Buffy': Season 4 Overview2003Video documentary shortHimself
Biography2003TV Series documentaryHimself
V Graham Norton2002TV SeriesHimself
Hollywood Squares2001-2002TV SeriesHimself
SM:TV Live2001TV SeriesHimself
Rocky Horror 25: Anniversary Special2000TV MovieHimself (as Anthony Stewart Head)

Archive Footage

The Science of Doctor Who2012TV Movie documentaryMr. Finch (uncredited)
The Iron Lady: From Script to Screen2011Video documentary shortGeoffrey Howe (uncredited)
The Iron Lady: John Campbell on Thatcher2011Video documentary shortHimself / Geoffrey Howe (uncredited)
Great TV Mistakes2010TV Movie documentaryRupert Giles (uncredited)
Merlin: Secrets & Magic2009TV Series documentaryUther Pendragon
The Comedy Map of Britain2008TV Series documentaryThe Prime Minister
New Heroes of Comedy2008TV Series documentaryThe Prime Minister
Comedy Connections2007TV Series documentaryThe Prime Minister
The 100 Greatest TV Ads2000TV SpecialGold Blend Man


Won Awards

2016Golden StatuettePrague Independent Film FestivalBest Supporting ActorDespite the Falling Snow (2016)

Nominated Awards

2007Golden NymphMonte-Carlo TV FestivalTelevision Films - Best Performance by an ActorPersuasion (2007)
2001Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest Supporting Actor on TelevisionBuffy the Vampire Slayer (1997)

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