Celebrity Birthday of the Day – February 20

Anthony Stewart Head was educated at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, and started his career on the stage in a production of Godspell. This led to his landing roles in BBC television series, with one of his earliest being in the series Enemy at the Door. In the 1980s he sang with the band Red Box and also appeared in numerous commercials for Nescafe Gold Blend. He played Frank N Furter in the early 90s West End revival of The Rocky Horror Show with Craig Ferguson as Brad Majors. The acclaim he received for his stage roles led to Head making the transition to American television with a role on the short-lived show VR 5, and in 1997 he landed the role that he’s best known for now: as Rupert Giles on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, a role he held until the series ended in 2003. Following the end of Buffy, Head has appeared on episodes of Doctor Who, Hotel Babylon, and voiced the leader of MI6 in the video game Destroy All Humans 2. After seeing Head’s talent for song in the musical episode of Buffy, director Darren Lynn Bousman tapped him to play the repo man in the 21st century rock opera Repo! The Genetic Opera. Most recently, Head played a regular role on the BBC drama series Merlin, playing King Uther Pendragon. He turns 58 today.

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