Antony Holland

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Antony Holland
Born (1920-03-28) 28 March 1920 (age 95)
Tiverton, Devon, England
Occupation actor, playwright, director

Antony Holland CM (born 28 March 1920) is an English actor, playwright, and theatre director. Currently he lives on Gabriola Island, British Columbia, Canada.[1]


Holland completed his drama training at the Labour Stage in London. Shortly after, he was called into His Majesty's Armed Forces as a signalman at the onset of the Second World War.[1] While training at the coastal town of South Shields, he put on a play in a local abandoned theatre. Holland continued to mount productions in his spare time throughout the course of the war. He was granted the officers' lounge for rehearsals and cast approximately 100 men in a wide variety of roles, including parts that required playing women. His plays continued through the North African Campaign, crossed the desert, and made it to Cairo where he would mount productions at the Khedivial Opera House.[1] So successful were his plays that the military requisitioned stage materials for more elaborate productions. Holland was transferred into military intelligence where he served out the remainder of the war.[1]

In 1946, Laurence Olivier founded the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School where Holland was vice principal for nearly a decade. Holland moved to Vancouver in 1957 and remains in British Columbia today. In 1965, he founded a theatre arts program at the King Edward Campus of Vancouver Community College. The school relocated to Langara College and formally took on the name of Studio 58. Holland retired as artistic director in 1985, and returned to professional acting, directing, and writing. Shortly after moving to Gabriola Island, he established a new theatre company at the Gabriola Theatre Centre.[1][2]

Select credits[edit]


  • The recipient of three Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards and numerous nominations.[4]
  • The recipient of four separate Lifetime Achievement Awards.
  • Elected into the BC Entertainment Hall of Fame.[5]
  • The Antony Holland Scholarship at Langara College was made in his honour.[6]
  • Member of the Order of Canada.[7]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Antony Holland on acting". The Vancouver Province. June 16, 2006. Retrieved 2009-11-24. 
  2. ^ Bruce Mason (May 28, 2007). "Holland nominated for Jessie Award for Best Lead Actor". The Gabriola Sounder. Archived from the original on 14 December 2009. Retrieved 2009-11-24. 
  3. ^ "Studio 58/Langara College presents The Merchant of Venice". The Georgia Strait. November 2008. Retrieved 2009-11-24. 
  4. ^ "Our 2009-2010 Third Street Theatre Series". Presentation House Theatre. 2009. Retrieved 2009-11-24. 
  5. ^ "Antony Holland Presents Shakespeare". Eco Films. 2005. Retrieved 2009-11-24. 
  6. ^ "Archived News". Studio 58 at Langara College. 2009. Retrieved 2009-11-24. 
  7. ^ "Order of Canada Appointments". June 30, 2014. Retrieved July 1, 2014. 

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