Tony Anholt

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Tony Anholt
Born Anthony Anholt
(1941-01-19)19 January 1941
Died 26 July 2002(2002-07-26) (aged 61)
London, England
Occupation Actor
Years active 1965–2002
Spouse(s) Sheila Willet (1964–1986) (divorced)
Tracey Childs (1990–1998; divorced)

Anthony "Tony" Anholt (19 January 1941 – 26 July 2002) was a British television actor, known for his role as Charles Frere in the successful BBC drama series Howards' Way (1985–90). In 1974 he was cast as Mark Colebrook, a crooked social worker in Contact Breaker the 12th episode of the first series of the hard-hitting police drama, The Sweeney.[1]

His other appearances include Gerry Anderson's Space: 1999 (1976–77) playing the role of Security Chief Tony Verdeschi in the second season, and The Protectors (1972–74) as Paul Buchet.[2][3] His only credited film role was as an FBI agent in Fear Is the Key in 1972; he also made appearances in the 1984 miniseries The Last Days of Pompeii and as small time crook Abdul, in the Only Fools and Horses episode To Hull and Back.[2]


Anholt was born in Singapore to an Anglo-Dutch family. They moved to Australia before the end of the Second World War, then to South Africa for a brief time, eventually settling in the United Kingdom, where Anholt was educated at Cranleigh School in south Surrey. His father had been taken prisoner by the Japanese, was forced to work on the Burma Railway, and died when his son was three. His mother remarried five years later.[2][3]

Anholt married and divorced twice. His first marriage was to Sheila Willet in 1964; they had a son, Christien, who is also an actor. Anholt and Willet divorced in 1986. His second marriage was to actress Tracey Childs, his co-star in Howards' Way. They married in 1990, and divorced eight years later.[2][3]

Anholt was originally a continuity announcer for the BBC World Service.[3] His last filmed acting work was for Canadian television productions; he appeared in small roles in several episodes of Lexx and also guest-starred in his son Christien's series, Relic Hunter.[citation needed]

Tony Anholt died in London of a brain tumour in 2002, aged 61.[3]


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  2. ^ a b c d "Tony Anholt obiturary". The Independent. 30 July 2002. Retrieved 13 August 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Barker, Dennis (1 August 2002). "Obituary: Tony Anholt". The Guardian. Retrieved 13 August 2012. 

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