The Unofficial website for Tony Robinson
|Biography for Tony|
Tony was born on August the 15th, 1946 in Hackney, East London.
Tony did various television appearances before getting his big break in landing the part of Baldrick in Blackadder.
|His first professional appearance was at the age of thirteen in the original version of the stage musical "Oliver!" This was followed by a number of shows, films and TV appearances as a child actor. After training at the Central School of Speech and Drama, he spent several years in rep, and worked for two years as a theatre director, before moving on to the Chichester Festival Theatre, the RSC and the National Theatre. It was around this time that he made his first notable television appearance as the cerebral palsied Ernie Roberts in Horizon's award-winning documentary "Joey".
He has had lead roles in numerous television series including Channel 4's cult sketch show "Who Dares Wins" and ITV's sit-com "My Wonderful Life".
As a writer of children's television programmes he has won two Royal Television Society awards, a BAFTA and the International Prix Jeunesse. His childrens work includes thirty episodes of Central TV's "Fat Tulip's Garden", a thirteen-part BBC series based on Homer's Iliad and Odyssey called "Odysseus the Greatest Hero of Them All", and twenty six episodes of his Old Testament series "Blood and Honey".
His three most recent books for adults are "The Worst Jobs in History", "Archaeology is Rubbish A Beginner's Guide", co-written with Professor Mick Aston, and 'In Search of British Heroes'. He has also written eighteen children's books, including "Tony Robinson's Kings and Queens", and in 2005 The Worst Childrens Jobs in History.
He has made many TV documentaries on such subjects as The Peasants Revolt, the Roman Emperors, Macbeth and Robin Hood, and most recently three programmes on the place of myth in the twenty first century. Two of these The Real Da Vinci Code and The Doomsday Code have now been transmitted, the third will be shown in 2007.
Thirteen new episodes of "Time Team", three Time Team documentaries and a live four-day televised dig are to be made in 2007, along with six episodes of his new Channel Four series set in the British Museum called Codex.
He has toured his one-man stage show "Tony Robinson's Cunning Night Out extensively over the last three years, including a series of sell-out performances at this years Edinburgh Festival. A further tour is planned for 2007.
He is putting the entire works of Terry Pratchett onto audiotape. 41 titles have so far been completed.
From 1996 2000 he was Vice-President of British Actors Equity and is currently President of the Young Archaeology Club. From 2000 04 he was a member of the National Executive Committee of the Labour Party. He has been awarded Honorary Doctorates by Exeter University, Oxford Brookes, and the Open University, and Honorary MAs by Bristol University and the University of East London.