Anthony Jackson (actor)

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Anthony Jackson
Born Anthony Thomas Jackson
(1944-02-18)18 February 1944
Birmingham, England
Died 26 November 2006(2006-11-26) (aged 62)
London, England

Anthony Thomas Jackson (18 February 1944 – 26 November 2006) was an English actor, who reached his widest audiences as founder of the eponymous ghost hiring agency in the long-running BBC children's comedy series Rentaghost. Jackson began his career with the Birmingham Repertory. He studied at Rose Bruford College and won the BBC Radio Drama Award at the age of 21. Later he joined the BBC Repertory and played at the Mermaid Theatre and the Nottingham Playhouse.


Jackson played the part of The Tale Bearer (a narrator not included in the original story) in the 1968 BBC Radio dramatisation of J. R. R. Tolkien's The Hobbit.

Jackson also provided a large number of voices in the animated children's series Ivor the Engine[1][2] and went on to have roles in many long-running British television series. He also appeared in the sitcoms Bless This House, All Our Saturdays, Mind Your Language, Citizen Smith, Dynasty, The Detectives, Lovejoy, Softly, Softly, Barlow at Large and Only Fools and Horses. In his final years, he appeared in The Bill, Casualty, Footballers' Wives, Walker Texas Ranger and Doctors.


Jackson also did voiceovers for children's animated television shows including The Dreamstone, Budgie the Little Helicopter, The Adventures of Paddington Bear, Shakespeare: The Animated Tales, Watership Down, Preston Pig, The World of Peter Rabbit and Friends, Testament: The Bible in Animation, Zombie Hotel, The Wind in the Willows (Cosgrove Hall version) and The Baskervilles.

He also did voices in live-action shows and films including The Storyteller, Labyrinth and A.D.A.M.

He found a niche in The Godot Company,[3] and became one of its principal members.


He died suddenly in London on 26 November 2006,[4] having been taken ill during rehearsals of Waiting for Godot whilst the company was touring in Ireland.

Television roles[edit]

Year Title Role
1970 Softly, Softly Corry
1971 Bless This House Trevor Lewis
1973 All Our Saturdays Frank Bosomworth
1975 Ivor the Engine Dai Station, Evans the Song, Mr Dinwiddy and others
1976 Rentaghost Fred Mumford
1977 You're Only Young Twice Benny
1978 Mind Your Language Mr Jarvis
1980 Citizen Smith Italian Waiter
1981 Dynasty Bartender
1982 Only Fools and Horses Spanish police officer
1986 Lovejoy Brian - Car Mechanic
1990 The Dreamstone Nug, Mr. Blossom (voice)
1994 The Tale of Pigling Bland The Policeman
1996 The Detectives First Copper
1997 Backup Talbot
2001 Watership Down Keeharr, Cowslip, Additional Voices (Series 3 only)


  1. ^ "British actor Anthony Jackson dead at 62". The Big Cartoon Forum. 2006-12-10. Retrieved 2009-10-30. 
  2. ^ DeMott, Rick (December 18, 2006). "Ivor the Engine Actor Dies". Animation World Network. Retrieved 2010-01-28. 
  3. ^ "The Godot Company". 
  4. ^ "Anthony Jackson - News Obituaries". The Independent. 2006-12-09. Retrieved 2009-10-30. 

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