Anthony Ainley

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Anthony Ainley
Master Ainley.jpg
Ainley as the Master in the Doctor Who serial Logopolis
Born (1932-08-20)20 August 1932
Stanmore, Middlesex, England
Died 3 May 2004(2004-05-03) (aged 71)
Harrow, London, England
Occupation Actor
Years active 1942-1997
Known for The Master
in Doctor Who (1981–1989)
Parent(s) Henry Ainley, Clarice Holmes
Relatives Richard Ainley (half-brother)

Anthony Ainley (20 August 1932 – 3 May 2004) was an English actor best known for his work on British television and particularly for his role as the Master in Doctor Who. He was the fourth actor to play the role of the Master, and the first actor to portray the Master as a recurring role after the death of Roger Delgado in 1973.

Early life[edit]

Ainley was born in Stanmore, Middlesex the son of the actor Henry Ainley on 20 August 1932 although his birth was not registered until January 1938 at around the time that he was admitted to the actors' orphanage. The birth certificates of Anthony and his brother Timothy identify their mother as Clarice Holmes and it is under this surname that they are recorded in the Official Register. Although no father is named on the birth certificates Timothy's marriage certificate identifies Henry Ainley as his father.His half-brother, Richard Ainley, was also an actor. He was subsequently educated at Cranleigh School. His first job was as an insurance clerk which was followed by a period at RADA.[1]

Career[edit]

Early[edit]

Ainley's swarthy appearance tended to get him parts as villains, though an early regular role on British television was as Det. Sgt Hunter, sidekick to William Mervyn's Chief Inspector Rose in the second series of It's Dark Outside in 1966. Other notable roles include a subaltern in the 1969 film version of Oh! What a Lovely War,[2] Dietz in the 1975 film version of The Land That Time Forgot,[3] Reverend Fallowfield in the Tigon film The Blood on Satan's Claw (1971),[4] Henry Sidney in Elizabeth R (1971),[5] Clive Hawksworth in Spyder's Web (1972),[6] Rev. Emilius in the BBC's adaptation of The Pallisers (1974),[7] Johnson in the first episode of the BBC programme Secret Army (1977), and Sunley in The Avengers episode "Noon Doomsday" (1968). He was also one of the Hong Kong policemen who discover James Bond's supposed corpse in the opening sequence of You Only Live Twice (1967).

Ainley played the role of the wealthy young peer Lord Charles Gilmour in the ITV series Upstairs, Downstairs (1973).[8]

Doctor Who[edit]

Reportedly, it was his performance as Rev. Emilius (in The Pallisers) that led to him being offered the role of the Master by John Nathan-Turner, who had worked on The Pallisers seven years before becoming producer of Doctor Who.[9] Ainley first portrayed the Master in the 1981 serial The Keeper of Traken and appeared in almost every season up until the cancellation of the original series in 1989, including its final serial, Survival.[10] He later reprised the role for the 1997 BBC computer game Destiny of the Doctors.

Ainley's great love of the role is often cited in documentaries and DVD commentaries. Script Editor Eric Saward claimed that he introduced himself over the phone by saying "This is the Master" and then would laugh. In the commentary and documentary for The Mark of the Rani, both Colin Baker and Kate O'Mara say that "He only ever wanted to play the Master". Colin Baker remarked that he could afford this luxury because he had built up a private income by the mid-1980s and had inherited a considerable sum of money from his father.

Personal life[edit]

Ainley remained unmarried throughout his life. He joked on the DVD commentary for The Keeper of Traken (which was recorded shortly before his death) that he didn't like the three rings of marriage: the engagement ring, the wedding ring and the bickering.

Ainley was a keen sportsman. Initially he was a rugby player, he played at fly half for the Old Cranleighans, Richmond and Middlesex.[11] Later he turned his attentions to cricket - even abruptly citing Sophie Aldred (who played Ace) as his friend once he learned that she played the game. He appeared on many occasions for the Stage and London Theatres C.C. mainly as an opening batsman.[12]

Death[edit]

Ainley died at the age of 71 on 3 May 2004. The Times ' obituary for him listed his cause of death as cancer. Ainley was known to be very private, and remained out of the public eye for most of his life after Doctor Who ended in 1989. It is for this reason that many believed reports of his death were a hoax.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1942 The Foreman Went to France Boy uncredited
1966 Naked Evil Dick Alderson
1967 You Only Live Twice Hong Kong Policeman #2 uncredited
1968 Inspector Clouseau Bomber LeBec
Joanna Bruce
1969 Oh! What a Lovely War 3rd Aide
1971 The Blood on Satan's Claw Reverend Fallowfield
Assault Mr. Bartell
1975 The Land That Time Forgot Dietz

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1965 It's Dark Outside Det. Sgt. Hunter 5 Episodes
1967 The Golden Age Uncredited 1 Episode: A Divided Country
Champion House Leslie Molesworth 1 Episode: The Second Freedom
1968 The Avengers Edward Sunley 1 Episode: Noon-Doomsday
The Champions Landing party lookout #1 1 Episode: The Dark Island
1969 Who-Dun-It Paul Verrier 1 Episode: The Fall of a Goddess
1970 Department S Supervisor 1 Episode: A Ticket to Nowhere
Biography Trelawny 1 Episode: Byron
1971 Doomwatch Senior House Officer 1 Episode: No Room for Error
Play for Today Surgeon 1 Episode: The Rainbirds
Elizabeth R Henry Sidney 1 Episode: The Marriage Game
Out of the Unknown Frank Bowers-One 1 Episode: Welcome Home
Brett Gerard Delamore 2 Episodes
Hassan Ishak TV Movie
1972 The Adventurer Kerston 1 Episode: The Bradley Way
The Shadow of the Tower Sir William Courtney 1 Episode: The Man Who Never Was
Clouds of Witness Dennis Cathcart 1 Episode
Spyder's Web Clive Hawksworth 13 Episodes
BBC Play of the Month Ferdinand Gadd 1 Episode: Trelawny of the Wells
1973 Warship Phillip Tashing 1 Episode: A Standing and Jumping War
Great Mysteries Lafarge 1 Episode: The Ingenious Reporter
Upstairs, Downstairs Lord Charles Gilmour 3 Episodes
1974 The Pallisers Rev. Emilius 7 Episodes
1975 Anne of Avonlea Stephen Irving 1 Episode
1976 The Flight of the Heron Lord George Murray 1 Episode
The Fortune Hunters Leslie Symington TV Movie
Within These Walls James Buckingham 1 Episode: Visitors
1977 Nicholas Nickleby Sir Mulberry Hawk 4 Episodes
Secret Army Johnson 1 Episode: Lisa - Codename Yvette
Target Alexander Trist 1 Episode: Carve Up
1978 The Devil's Crown Pope Innocent III 1 Episode: Tainted King
Lillie Lord Carrington 2 Episodes
1980 Mackenzie Richard Wilcox 3 Episodes
1981-1989 Doctor Who The Master
Tremas
The Portreeve
Kalid
Sir Gilles Estram
31 Episodes
4 Episodes
2 Episodes
1 Episode
1 Episode
1983 The Boy Who Won the Pools Mr. Simmons 2 Episodes

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