Gardner onstage at 100 Club, 2010
10 January 1964 |
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, starring in a number of TV commercials, including that for the Renault Megane. He reached prominence 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 the Channel 4 series Fresh Meat.
Between 2012–2016 he played John in four series of the critically acclaimed romantic drama series Last Tango In Halifax. The programme attracted impressive ratings for BBC One, with the third series posting an average of 7.8 million viewers.
Between 2013–2015 he appeared as Lieutenant Colonel Phillip Smith in three series of the wartime comedy Bluestone 42, about a British bomb disposal detachment in Afghanistan during Operation Herrick. He appeared as Dan Miller MP in the BBC political comedy The Thick of It. He was a main character of the music video "Giant peach" by Wolf Alice. He featured in a 2016 Tracey Ullman sketch parodying German chancellor Angela Merkel.
|2016||Tracey Ullman's Show||Various|
|2014||Law & Order: UK||Douglas Stone||episode: Repeat to Fade|
|2013||The Escape Artist||Trevor Harris||TV-Mini Series|
|2013||Big Bad World||Dr. Tim||season 1, episode 6|
|2013–2015||Bluestone 42||Lieutenant Colonel Smith|
|2012–2015||Last Tango in Halifax||John||Series regular|
|2012||Cockneys vs Zombies||Clive|
|2012||New Tricks||Lucas Graves||episode: Old School Ties|
|2011–2016||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||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|
|1999–2006||My Parents Are Aliens||Brian Johnson||Writer and Cast Member|
|1997||Armstrong and Miller||Writer|
|1995||You Bet!||Sherlock Holmes||Series 8, show 6|
- "Last Tango In Halifax series four delay as Sally Wainwright pens 'final' run". Daily Express. 8 January 2016.
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