|The "real" Tony chatting to me by the pool side|
But Tony was more than familiar with the hit series as he had originally auditioned for the part of Mick Garvey 5 years ago - which ended up going to Steve Pemberton ... "and rightly so" he added. Then last year he told me his agent called him in the middle of rehearsals for a play he was in and said that they were looking for someone to play the part of Kenneth. "I dashed across London in my lunch break, all hot and sweaty, did the audition and didn't even wait to hear their response as I was in such a rush to get back" he laughed- naturally he was delighted when he got the news that he was indeed to be in the show. Kenneth in the series now has his own hair salon attached to the Solana Hotel.
|Quick change and now in character as Kenneth|
Following that offers flooded in - and extremely varied too ! From playing Reese Witherspoon's lover in "Vanity Fair" to "Grawp"- the giant half brother of Hagrid played by Robbie Coltrane in Harry Potter and the Order of the Pheonix. I mentioned this to my son who googled it and said that he didn't recognize him - fortunately hardly suprising as he had had hours worth of prosthetic make up applied!
He has worked with Julie Walters on 4 occasions - the first time (2001) she played the part of his mother in the film "My beautiful Son" then more recently (2010) in "Mo" - the film portraying the life of Mo Mowlam. Other notable parts include Aaron's defence lawyer in Emmerdale (he got him off the murder charge) and in "Monroe" with James Nesbitt and Sarah Parish.
|Filming in the Old Town in his skimpy hotpants!|
While on set I also spoke with other members of the cast amongst which were Steve Pemberton and Tim Healy .... check back to see what they said.