Tony Haygarth

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Tony Haygarth
Born Anthony Haygarth
(1945-02-04) 4 February 1945 (age 69)
Liverpool, Lancashire, England, UK
Nationality British
Occupation Actor
Years active 1971–present

Anthony "Tony" Haygarth (born 4 February 1945) is an English television, film and theatre actor.

Life and career[edit]

After leaving Marlborough College Liverpool, Haygarth worked unsuccessfully in 1963 as a lifeguard in Torquay, and also tried escapology, equally unsuccessfully.[1] Other jobs included psychiatric nursing and he was an amateur actor before turning professional and appearing in repertory theatre, followed by the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre.

Haygarth made his film debut in the comedy film Percy, and since then he has played many roles in police and historical dramas, as well as situation comedies. He is normally cast as a solid, reliable character with a down-to-earth attitude. In 1979 played Milo Renfield in Dracula opposite Frank Langella, Donald Pleasence and Laurence Olivier.

Haygarth played the title role in Kinvig (1981), a science-fiction comedy series produced by London Weekend Television, the swindling but loveable Sanchez in Farrington of the F.O. (1986–87) and in 2005 appeared in the television adaptation of Under the Greenwood Tree. He also played leading character Vic Snow in the ITV series Where the Heart Is from 1997 to 2002.

His work in theatre includes The Tempest and Twelve Angry Men (1996), for both of which he was nominated for Laurence Olivier Theatre Awards for Best Actor in a Supporting Role; he is also the author of several plays. He won the Clarence Derwent Award for Simpatico (1995). His first play, "The Lie", dealt with the death of Shakespeare's rival Christopher Marlowe.[2]

His films include Chicken Run (2000) as the voice of Mr Tweedy and Fakers (2007); from May to August 2008 he played Alfred Doolittle in the Old Vic's Production of Pygmalion.[3] In November 2008 he joined the cast of Emmerdale as Mick Naylor. In 2010 he appeared in the London production of Little Voice, as "Mr Boo".[4]

Other interests[edit]

Haygarth is also a scholar of Shakespeare's Dark Lady, an unidentified character in the Sonnets.[5] He has analysed a Nicholas Hilliard portrait, Mistress Holland, concluding that it is in fact of Emilia Lanier, a candidate for the identity of The Dark Lady.[6] His play Dark Meaning Mouse features Emilia, Shakespeare and Simon Forman.

He is married to Carol Haygarth and they have 2 daughters, Katie and Becky.

Selected filmography[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Early career[dead link]
  2. ^ Morley, Sheridan. (2001-09-26) The Lie. International Herald Tribune. Retrieved on 2011-07-30.
  3. ^ "Pygmalion". Retrieved 2008-06-09. 
  4. ^ "Little Voice | Cast & Creative – Tony Haygarth". www.littlevoicewestend.com. Retrieved 2010-03-10. 
  5. ^ The Dark Lady. Peterbassano.com. Retrieved on 2011-07-30.
  6. ^ Simon Tait, Unmasked- the identity of shakespeares Dark Lady, ''The Independent'', 7 December 2003. Independent.co.uk (2003-12-07). Retrieved on 2011-07-30.

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