Being a good hair stylist means being a good listener, too. The talk in the hairdressing chair can lead to a strong and lasting connection between client and stylist, and we’re proud to say we’ve made a lot of firm friends who we love hearing from when they return to see us. In fact we’re constantly bowled over by the fascinating and talented Bathonians who come to sit under our scissors. Here’s where you get to listen in on our exclusive chat!
Welcome to the TOWNHOUSE hotseat…..International star of stage, screen and TV, musician and all-round Bath superlegend … our very own Anthony Head!
Where are you at the moment?
Cape Town, on the set of Dominion. A number of us are staying in apartments overlooking the waterfront. It’s an amazing place to be.
What are you doing there?
Shooting a second season of Dominion – a show for NBC/Universal. It’s set in a post apocalyptic world where the archangels have decided to exterminate mankind. The brief sounds a little bizarre, but it’s turned out to be quite a fascinating series – hence being picked up for a second season.
Do you have any exciting plans for 2015?
This season, we’re shooting thirteen episodes and will not finish until July 10th. It will be very interesting to see Cape Town and film here during their winter. After that, the only other possible plan is a play at the Trafalgar Studios in London, starting in September. We can never plan anything like holidays, as a family, because you never know where or when the next job will come up – makes for an interesting and often exciting life, while a lot of people would probably hate the randomness of it all.
Tell us about the album you released in 2014
It’s called Staring At The Sun, and I made it in response to fans asking for a completely acoustic album. I think they just wanted me to play guitar, but I figured that might be a little limiting for a whole CD, so I made it our aim to record with acoustic instruments. There are 10 songs – 6 original, 4 covers and some surprising arrangements. We recorded it at Riverside Studios in Bath and all the musicians are local to this area – including my daughters, who sang backing vocals on two of the tracks.
We recently shot a video for Behind Blue Eyes which you can see at: youtu.be/KXcqc5BNLuU
Tell us about You, Me and Them
You, Me and Them begins airing on UK Gold on April 8th. Eve Myles and I star as a couple with a thirty something age-gap between us. We are the normality in the equation – it’s everyone else who has a problem. This is the second season – the scripts are funnier and the show has really grown from the last series.
What is your favourite acting role so far and why?
Frank ‘n’ Furter in Rocky Horror gave me my first taste of giving myself over completely to a role – for the 70 or so minutes I was on stage, I completely inhabited him, or maybe he inhabited me.
A friend who came to see the show with Sarah, turned to her and said, “When does Tony come onstage?”
Sarah pointed at me and replied, “That’s him.”
Our friend’s mouth dropped open, and she said, “Oh, but he’s normally such a nice man…”
I also loved playing Rupert Cadell in Keith Baxter’s production of Rope. Written by Patrick Hamilton, Rope is often called a melodrama because of the intense nature of the plot. However, the lead character of Rupert, a First World War poet, has a wonderful, melancholic arc through the play and the most fabulous soliloquy about London at night, half way through. I was lucky enough to play him at Chichester Festival Theatre, on tour and at Wyndhams Theatre, in the West End.
Quick Fire Questions
What’s the silliest hairstyle you’ve ever had?
In the eighties I had a rat’s tail – embarrassing that I kept it for so long.
Whose hair do you envy the most?
I’m happy with my own, really, although I coveted Dennis Miller’s, recently, when I discovered he was a year older than me.
Gel, wax or neither?
Depends on the length and what’s required – it obviously varies from role to role, but probably gel.
What’s the weirdest costume you’ve ever had to wear?
Probably Frank from Rocky Horror, but I did get to re-design the costume with Sue Blane, to give him a completely new look. That and the thong from Little Britain.
Who is the most evil character you’ve ever played?
Mr. Finch in Doctor Who, although Consul David Whele in Dominion is pretty unpleasant.
Who would you like to sing a duet with?
I’d love the opportunity to sing with Bonnie Raitt.
What current musical group would you like to join?
I had the opportunity to sing with a blues band called the Bad Apples recently – loved it. I was supposed to appear live with them at the Albert Hall, but my filming schedule changes at the last minute and I had to cancel.
What was the last music album you bought?
Fat Freddy’s Drop – Blackbird, and I just discovered Rickie Lee Jones, 1989 album, Flying Cowboys.
What was the first music you ever bought, with your own money?
Simon and Garfunkel – Bookends.
Is there one place in the world you really, really want to visit but haven’t yet got round to it?
What dish do you cook best?
What object best represents your personality?
I want to say a vase, but I’m not sure why.
A frying pan as a birthday present for Sarah, early-ish in our relationship.
If you could have witnessed one event in history?
I think I’d to have there when it all began – beginning of time, the universe and everything. Just to know.
The five most important things in life?
Beside the actual treasures of my life – Sarah, Em and Daisy, our animals and our wonderful home, I would say the ability to laugh, the ability to cry, the ability to change, the ability to see the other person’s point of view and the ability to be compassionate.
Beach holiday or adventure holiday?
Suit or jeans?
Elvis or Johnny Cash?
Red sauce or brown sauce?
Superman or Batman?
Ebook or paper book?
Dance party or dinner party?
Tennis match or rugby match?
Picasso or Monet?
Dracula or Frankenstein?
Frank n Furter!