Tony is a meat-and-two-veg man; organic veg, that is.
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|Played by:||Colin Skipp|
|Born:||16 February 1951|
|Status:||Married to Pat Archer|
|Lives at:||Bridge Farm|
Forming one half of the successful Bridge Farm partnership, with wife Pat shoring up the other side, he's never knowingly caught being cheerful.
He graduated from agricultural college with a distinction, but he prefers plodding to proaction. The fact that Pat proposed to him should have warned him who was going to wear the trousers.
My back's killing me, but I've got to press on with the leeks.Tony Archer
- Likes - His classic MG Midget, Pat's roast dinners
- Dislikes - Garlic, moving with the times
- Highs - Securing the freehold on Bridge Farm
- Lows - Discovering son John lying dead in a ditch under his tractor, ageeing to sell off the cows
Colin was awarded a scholarship to RADA and on graduation acted in several repertory companies (Century Theatre; Manchester; Plymouth; Wolverhampton; Frinton; Kidderminster; Guernsey; Sheffield).
BBC Producer Tony Cornish saw him in Birmingham and cast him in two TV plays, as Cliff in Look Back in Anger and as Geoff in A Taste of Honey. He was also in three TV series, as Ivan the trainer in United; Pitt in Rainbow City; and The Newcomers.
Colin also acted in several radio plays and it was in one of these, A Tale of Two Men, that he played a sixteen year old schoolboy. The writers and producer of The Archers heard this performance and asked Colin to audition for the part of young Tony.
Away from The Archers Colin directs stage plays. He has directed the premieres of three original plays: Shakespeare Country by Peter Whelan; Meet Aunt Mildred by Don Carroll; and Immortal Beloved by Francis Wise. He has directed in theatres in Manchester, Bolton, St Annes (where he directed for Bill Kenwright’s repertory company) and Guernsey, where he met his wife, actress Lisa Davies.
He directed a play based on the career of Julie Andrews, The Sound of Julie, in which Julie herself was played by Colin’s daughter, well-known West End actress Nova Skipp.
When Nova presented Colin with his first granddaughter, Melody Grace, Colin was absolutely smitten and delighted. Nova and her husband live only a ten minute walk from Colin and his wife Lisa in Surrey.
Other career highlights
Playing the King himself was a tremendous challengeColin Skipp
I think the biggest highlight of my career was being cast by the LCC Shakespeare tour of ‘King Lear’. Playing the King himself was a tremendous challenge, particularly as I was only in my twenties. But then of course youth has the strength and confidence (or rather ignorance?) the part demands.
Meeting each character for the first time is always memorable – but saying goodbye to them when they leave the series can be extremely sad. When Tony’s son John was killed in a tractor accident I was so sorry that the actor, Sam Barriscale, wanted to leave in this way. When I acted in the final scene I was aware of how it would be received by the listeners and found the experience very emotional.
Tony’s marriage to Pat is enjoyable. As time goes by I feel extremely lucky to have Pat Gallimore, a brilliant actress, as my radio wife.
Colin on Tony
I always feel that Tony is the opposite of myself, brawny rather than brainy. We both have the same sense of humour though, very childish, schoolboy-ish. Tony is very kind; I’d very much like him as a best friend.
- Actor - Laurence Olivier – I saw him on stage several times and was invited to the opening of the National Theatre (at the Old Vic) where he directed Hamlet. Later I saw his acting here in Uncle Vanya and Othello. Every time he performed I was totally in awe and thrilled.
- Book - Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck – it has a basic humanitarian message inside a good narrative story.
- Film - Citizen Kane – Orson Welles’ first film which set the standard for any dramatic film I saw afterwards. Lust for Life – Biopic of artist Vincent van Gogh. To my mind the greatest “living of a part” by a film star Kirk Douglas.
- February 2012: Tony has a heart attack Duration: 01:00
- February 2012: Tom and Tony disagree about produce Duration: 00:58
- Tony can't be happy that Helen is pregnant (May 2010) Duration: 00:52
- Helen feels Tony is against her (Dec 2010) Duration: 01:00
- Tony meets his new grandson Henry (Jan 2011) Duration: 00:51
- Tony discovers John after the accident (Feb 1998) Duration: 00:59
List of current characters and actors
- Abbie Tucker
- Adam Macy Played by Andrew Wincott
- Alan Franks Played by John Telfer
- Alice Carter Played by Hollie Chapman
- Alistair Lloyd Played by Michael Lumsden
- Amy Franks Played by Jennifer Daley
- Andrew Eagleton Played by John Flitcroft
- Annabelle Schrivener Played by Julia Hills
- Anthea Jennings Played by Joanna Brookes
- Becky Holden Silent character
- Ben Archer Played by Thomas Lester
- Bert Fry Played by Eric Allan
- Bert Horrobin Played by Martyn Read
- Bethany Tucker
- Brenda Tucker Played by Amy Shindler
- Brian Aldridge Played by Charles Collingwood
- Caroline Sterling Played by Sara Coward
- Celia Redwood Played by Anita Dobson
- Charlie Morgan Played by Ben Caplan
- Christine Barford Played by Lesley Saweard
- Christopher Carter Played by Will Sanderson-Thwaite
- Clarrie Grundy Played by Heather Bell
- Clive Horrobin Played by Alex Jones
- Coriander Snell Played by Alexandra Lilley
- Dan Hebden Lloyd Played by Will Howard
- Darrell Makepeace Played by Dan Hagley
- David Archer Played by Timothy Bentinck
- Debbie Aldridge Played by Tamsin Greig
- Derek Fletcher Silent character
- Donna Horrobin Played by Alison Belbin
- Ed Grundy Played by Barry Farrimond
- Eddie Grundy Played by Trevor Harrison
- Edgar Titcombe Silent character
- Elizabeth Pargetter Played by Alison Dowling
- Ellen Rogers Played by Rosemary Leach
- Elona Makepeace Played by Eri Shuka
- Emma Grundy Played by Emerald O'Hanrahan
- Fallon Rogers Played by Joanna Van Kampen
- Freda Fry Silent character
- Freddie Pargetter Played by Jack Firth
- George Grundy Played by Rui Thacker
- Grace Morgan Played by Jenny Johns
- Graham Ryder Played by Malcolm McKee
- Hayley Tucker Played by Lorraine Coady
- Hazel Woolley Played by Annette Badland
- Heather Pritchard Played by Joyce Gibbs
- Helen Archer Played by Louiza Patikas
- Henry Archer