I used to live in his brother's house in North London. Athony's father was the great Edwardian star, Henry Ainley and his brother was a wonderful teacher called Richard Ainley. And Anthony was often at the house and played table tennis with Richard's children. He was very good with them. And though I saw him a lot he always seemed mysterious to me. After he killed me in the series I used to see him occasionally at conventions and he hardly ever talked about work. His big passion in life was cricket. Also I remember he never used public transport. He was a very good driver of cars and ****.
I have often been killed in other parts and have never really minded. I recall a rather good death scene when I played Rasputin. And when the real thing comes I hope to be convincing. Poor Anthony, he wasn't old, you know, and I think he was batting away right to the end when he was bowled out well short of his century. Ah, well.
Happy New Year from Tom