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Tony Osoba was born in Glasgow and when the time came, his two strongest desires for a career were to be a motor car designer or an actor – he finally chose actor and subsequently studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Drama for three years. He immediately moved to London and has worked ever since as a professional actor in a career spanning over forty years (apart from two brief early stints – one as a mini cab driver for three weeks and one as stage manager/announcer in a West End strip club for a couple of months!).
The bulk of his work has been in television but he has also worked extensively in theatre, radio and some feature films in addition to doing presenting and voice overs.
Tony has played a widely ranging variety of roles, from the comic to the seriously dramatic, from Shakespeare to contemporary drama, from stage musicals to television ‘soaps’.
Some of the roles that have made him a familiar face to television audiences were Jock McLaren in three series of the Ronnie Barker BBC sitcom PORRIDGE, Det. Sgt. Chas Jarvis in three series of DEMPSEY & MAKEPEACE, an extended run as Peter Ingram in CORONATION STREET, Mr. Smith in the final series of THE DEMON HEADMASTER and Omar Fayazz in FAMILY AFFAIRS.
In well over 200 television appearances, Tony has been a regular in other series such as Freddie in MAKING NEWS, Ahmed in FLAME TREES OF THIKA, Marvin in FRAN’S PEOPLE, Commander Branko in DINOTOPIA, David Byrne in GRUEY TWOEY, Colonel Flores in A DANCE TO THE MUSIC OF TIME and has guested in many, many other shows including MERSEYBEAT, DOCTOR WHO, BERGERAC, DOCTORS, HOLBY CITY, THE CLEOPATRAS, TAGGART, BRIDGEMAN, CASUALTY, BUGS, ARABIAN NIGHTS, BETWEEN THE LINES, RESNICK and WAKING THE DEAD, with recent appearances as Superintendent Smith in HOLLYOAKS, THE BILL and THE SHADOW LINE.