Tony Roper (actor)

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Tony Roper
Born Tony Roper
(1941-08-19) 19 August 1941 (age 75)
Glasgow, Scotland
Spouse(s) Isobel[1]

Tony Roper (born 19 August 1941) is a Scottish actor, comedian, playwright and writer.

His first major starring role was in Scotch and Wry. He wrote the comedy-drama The Steamie in 1988, for which he won a BAFTA.[2] He achieved even greater fame in The Naked Video and in the spin-off series Rab C. Nesbitt, in which he played Rab's partner-in-crime, Jamesie Cotter. He also starred in the short-lived 1999 sitcom All Along the Watchtower. Tony also had a small part as the postman in the longer version of the 1973 cult film, The Wicker Man.

In theatre, he played Tom Weals in Miles Tredinnick's farce It's Now or Never! at the Queen's Theatre, Hornchurch in 1994. Also starred other stage plays such as "Willie Rough" by Bill Bryden, "The Red Runner" by Billy Connolly, and various other plays by Alyn Aykbourne, Shaw and Shakespeare.

In the 1980s, he co-founded the charity football team Dukla Pumpherston. Other football-related work included regular appearances on the television and stage versions of the satirical series Only An Excuse? during the 1990s alongside Jonathan Watson.

Roper has also written Paddies, a conceptual sequel to The Steamie set in Glasgow's "Paddies Market", and two novels based on Rikki Fulton's character Rev. I. M. Jolly. In 2004-2005 he co-wrote and starred as Rikki Fulton in Rikki and Me, a play about the comedy actor Rikki Fulton, which is available on DVD, and appeared as Merv in the 2005 Scottish film, On a Clear Day.

Other Activities[edit]

Roper is a lifelong supporter of Celtic F.C. He presented the club' s VHS/DVD The Treble in celebration of Celtic's 2000–01 treble-winning season, and Hoops we did it again in 2001–02. In 2008, he wrote and directed the hit play The Celts in Seville which played at the Pavilion Theatre (Glasgow) in 2008 and 2014.[3][4]

Personal life[edit]

Roper and his wife Isobel live in Glasgow.[5]

In April 2013, Roper received treatment for prostate cancer.[6] He was given the all-clear.[1]

His autobiography I'll No Tell You Again was published in 2014. The foreword was written by his friend, Billy Connolly.[7]



  1. ^ a b "Legendary Scots actor Tony Roper: I only faced up to cancer after rocket from wife". Daily Record. Retrieved 25 November 2016. 
  2. ^ "In conversation: Tony Roper". Mearns Leader. Retrieved 13 December 2016. 
  3. ^ McGuire, Joe (2 April 2012). "Tony Roper: Even Rangers fans will enjoy Celts in Seville.. because Celtic get beat". Daily Record. Retrieved 3 December 2016. 
  4. ^ Barrie, Douglas (19 March 2014). "The Celts in Seville cast remember 2003 ahead of show's return". STV Glasgow. Retrieved 3 December 2016. 
  5. ^ "Panto star Tony Roper got the gig because Rab C frontman Gregor Fisher reckons he’s ugly". Scottish Sun. Retrieved 13 December 2016. 
  6. ^ "Cancer op for Rab C star Tony Roper". Evening Times. Retrieved 25 November 2016. 
  7. ^ "Scotland Tonight: Spotlight on the career of comic actor Tony Roper". STV. Retrieved 25 November 2016. 

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