Tony Forsyth

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Tony Forsyth
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Tony Forsyth (born Liverpool, Lancashire) is a former English theatre and film actor of the 1980s-90s, noted for his troubled teen portrayals and scouse accent.

Liverpool City and Metropolitan borough in England

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Lancashire County of England

Lancashire is a ceremonial county in North West England. The administrative centre is Preston. The county has a population of 1,449,300 and an area of 1,189 square miles (3,080 km2). People from Lancashire are known as Lancastrians.

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Forsyth is best known for his role playing rent-boy "Michael" in the 1988 British film The Fruit Machine , a/k/a Wonderland (USA). He first appeared on television in the BBC's John Lennon: A Journey in the Life and Channel 4's Brookside before being cast in The Fruit Machine, writer Frank Clarke's follow-up to Letter to Brezhnev .

Cinema of the United Kingdom

The United Kingdom has had a significant film industry for over a century. While film production reached an all-time high in 1936, the "golden age" of British cinema is usually thought to have occurred in the 1940s, during which the directors David Lean, Michael Powell, and Carol Reed produced their most highly acclaimed work. Many British actors have achieved worldwide fame and critical success, such as Maggie Smith, Roger Moore, Michael Caine, Sean Connery, Daniel Day-Lewis, Gary Oldman, and Kate Winslet. Some of the films with the largest ever box office returns have been made in the United Kingdom, including the third and fourth highest-grossing film series, with the former having been made largely with funding from Hollywood.

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<i>Letter to Brezhnev</i> 1985 film by Chris Bernard

Letter to Brezhnev is a 1985 British romantic comedy film about working class life in contemporary Liverpool. It was written by Frank Clarke and directed by Chris Bernard. It starred Alexandra Pigg, Margi Clarke, Alfred Molina, Peter Firth and Tracy Marshak-Nash. Letter To Brezhnev presents Margaret Thatcher's high-unemployment Liverpool as a depressed and tough city, fallen on hard times.

Other film roles include Hard Days Hard Nights as Alan in a story loosely based on the Beatles trip to Hamburg before they hit the big time, The Tall Guy as Berkoff Actor and Derek Jarman's Edward II in which he played Captive Policeman. Other TV appearances include a guest spot in ITV's drama series Heartbeat as Ian Clayton and playing opposite Selina Cadell in Screenplay broadcast on BBC 2 in 1992.

The Beatles English rock band

The Beatles were an English rock band formed in Liverpool in 1960. With members John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr, they became regarded as the foremost and most influential music band in history. Rooted in skiffle, beat and 1950s rock and roll, the group were integral to pop music's evolution into an art form and to the development of the counterculture of the 1960s. They often incorporated classical elements, older pop forms and unconventional recording techniques in innovative ways, and later experimented with several musical styles ranging from pop ballads and Indian music to psychedelia and hard rock. As the members continued to draw influences from a variety of cultural sources, their musical and lyrical sophistication grew, and they were seen as an embodiment of the era's sociocultural movements.

Hamburg City in Germany

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<i>The Tall Guy</i> 1989 film by Mel Smith

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Several other film roles were completed, along with a stage career.



Billy Casper in Kes, Chiron in Titus Andronicus, Dave in Pocket Dream, The Moon in Blood Wedding, Malcolm in Macbeth, Young Scrooge/Ghost of Christmas Future in A Christmas Carol.

John in Shelter, Neil in Boystalk (Royal National Studio).

Claudio in Much Ado About Nothing (Oxford Stage Company Tour to Malaysia and Japan).

Headlong is a British touring theatre company noted for making bold, innovative productions with some of the UK’s finest artists.

Tsarina in A Patriot For Me.

In 1998,played Red Rutter, "the Dribbler", of Todchester Rovers in "Shooting Stars" written by Basil Thomas at the Chester Gateway.

In 2000, national tour of "Naked Flame".

In 2002, played Jambo in "Naked Flame 2 - Fire Down Under!" in national tour.


Recent activity

In recent years, TV appearances have been added to Forsyth's accomplishments and in 1999 spent time directing at the Greenwich Theatre in London. More recently, Forsyth has been working as a casting director. [ citation needed ]

Greenwich Theatre theatre in Greenwich, London, England

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London Capital of the United Kingdom

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Select filmography

See the complete Tony Forsyth filmography at IMDB
1988 The Fruit Machine Michael
1989 Hard Days, Hard Nights Alan
1989 The Tall Guy Berkoff Actor
1991 Edward II Captive Policeman

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