Tony Gardner

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For the makeup and special effects designer, see Tony Gardner (designer). For the former Labour MP for Rushcliffe, see Antony Gardner.
Tony Gardner
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Gardner onstage at 100 Club, 2010
Born (1964-01-10) 10 January 1964 (age 50)
Ashton-under-Lyne, Lancashire, England, UK

Tony Gardner (born 10 January 1964) is an English actor and doctor. He qualified as a doctor at Guy's Hospital in 1987, then as a General Practitioner in 1993. He combined medicine and comedy during the 1990s as half of the award-winning comedy duo Struck Off and Die with Phil Hammond.

He eventually left medicine to become an actor and is best known for playing Brian Johnson in CITV's My Parents are Aliens (episodes of which he also wrote) and Michael, the café owner in Jack Dee's BBC sitcom Lead Balloon. In 2009-10 he starred in three plays directed by Sir Peter Hall. In 2011 he played Professor Tony Shales in Channel 4 series Fresh Meat. He is currently appearing as Lieutenant Colonel Phillip Smith in Bluestone 42, after appearing as Dan Miller MP in the BBC political comedy The Thick of It.


Year Title Role Notes
2014 Law & Order: UK Douglas Stone episode: Repeat to Fade
2013 The Escape Artist (TV series) Trevor Harris TV-Mini Series
2013 Big Bad World (TV series) Dr. Tim season 1, episode 6
2013-2014 Bluestone 42 Lieutenant Colonel Smith
2012-2013 Last Tango in Halifax John Series regular
2012 Cockneys vs Zombies Clive
2012 New Tricks Lucas Graves episode: Old School Ties
2012 Gates Aiden
2011-2013 Fresh Meat Professor Tony Shales 13 episodes
2010 M.I. High Prime Minister episode: Vote Skul
2009 May Contain Nuts Philip Russell TV Movie
2009 Moving Wallpaper George season 2, episode 4
2008 Love Soup Matthew episode: Ragged Claws
2007 Jekyll David season 1, episode 4
2007 Dumped Narrator Voice
2007 His Master's Voice
2006 Bremner, Bird and Fortune
2006-2011 Lead Balloon Michael Series regular
2005-2012 The Thick of It Dan Miller
2004 The Lenny Henry Show
2001 So What Now? Dan episode: Swinger
2001 Lenny Henry in Pieces
2001 The Armando Iannucci Shows
2000-2006 Absolute Power (series)
1999-2006 My Parents are Aliens Writer
1997 Sunnyside Farm
1997 Grown Ups
1997 Armstrong and Miller Writer
1995 Now What? Writer
1994 Joking Apart

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