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Daniels, Anthony

Anthony Daniels

Anthony Daniels (born Anthony Ward) was born on February 21, 1946 in Salisbury, Wiltshire, England. Even though the interest in drama came very early, the acting call came relatively late to Daniels.  His parents made sure that he did not waste his time, and urged him to pursue a career in law, that in itself turned him away from his real desire to be an actor.  At the age of 24 he finally made the transition to the was his growing frustration and a bequest which made drama school a reality.  He trained for three years at drama college, at the end of that training an inspiring voice coach helped Daniels to win the BBC Radio Drama Award.  It gave him a six-month contract and a priceless union ticket.  From the BBC he moved to out-of-town theater.

When his contract ended he added his name to the unemployment register.  Two hours later he was called to join Britain's National Theater, the Young Vic Company.  The next eighteen months were taken up with touring Shakespeare productions in Europe and appearing at the theater's home base in London.  It was while he was playing Guildenstern in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead in London's West End when he received a call from George Lucas...

Daniels went to meet Lucas at his office and was impressed by a conceptual painting, of C-3PO and R2-D2,  by Ralph McQuarrie hanging on the office wall.  After that meeting he was sent a script.  He met Lucas again and agreed to take the part.

Immediately he was taken to Elstree Studios and went through a rather unpleasant start, having a body cast made.  Something Daniels recalls as being, " extremely unlovely experience".

Daniels started to gain an active interest in special effects.  He now enjoys a secondary career in the exhibition and conference industry, where he has worked as producer/creative designer on The Westminster Experience, The Guinness Taste Sensation, Singapore's Volcanoland, Dubai's Encounter Zone, and The London Dungeon.

Daniel's writes many articles about his Star Wars experiences especially in his 'New Improved Wonder Column' in the Star Wars Insider.  He regularly contributes to Star Wars Titan magazine.  His first comic book for Dark Horse, The Protocol Offensive, is a further, darker adventure of his golden alter ego.  Recently his writing skill as well as his peculiarly detailed knowledge of the character's personality were harnessed when C-3PO was chosen to host the Monopoly Star Wars CD ROM.

Star Wars: Episode VIII~2017 - C-3PO
Star Wars: The Force Awakens~2015 - voice of C-3PO
The Lego Movie~2014 - voice of C-3PO
Conjure~2006 - cameo (directed by Star Wars artist Matt Busch!)
Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith~2005 - C-3PO/Captain Dannl Faytonni (seen at Opera House)
Characters of Star Wars~2004 - Himself
Empire of Dreams: The Story of the Star Wars Trilogy~2004 (V longer version) - Himself
Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones~2002 - C-3PO/Lieutenant Dannl Faytonni (in Night Club)
Stars of Star Wars: Interviews with the Cast, The~1999 (V) - Himself
Unauthorized Star Wars Story, The~1999 (V) - Himself
Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace~1999 - C-3PO
Star Wars: Droids - The Pirates and the Prince~1997 (V) - C-3PO
Special Effects: Anything Can Happen~1996 - C-3PO
I Bought a Vampire Motorcycle~1990 - Priest
Star Tours~1987 - (voice) (uncredited) C-3PO (attraction queue area)
From Star Wars to Jedi: The Making of a Saga~1985 - as C-3PO
Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi~1983 - C-3PO
Return of the Ewok~1982 (V short) - C-3PO
Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back~1980 - C-3PO
Lord of the Rings, The~1978 - Legolas
Legolas and Gimli
Star Wars~1977 - C-3PO

Star Wars: Detours~2016 - voice of C-3PO
Star Wars: Underworld~201? - C-3PO
Lego Star Wars: Droid Tales~2015 - voice of C-3PO:
     Gambit on Geonosis
     Flight of the Falcon
     Mission to Mos Eisley
     Crisis on Coruscant
     Exit from Endor
The New Yoda Chronicles: Clash of the Skywalkers~2014 - voice of C-3PO
Star Wars Rebels~2014 - voice of C-3PO in Droids in Distress
The New Yoda Chronicles: Raid on Coruscant~2014 - voice of C-3PO
The New Yoda Chronicles: Race for the Holocrons~2014 - voice of C-3PO
The New Yoda Chronicles: Escape from the Jedi Temple~2014 - voice of C-3PO
The New Yoda Chronicles: Menace of the Sith~2013 - voice of C-3PO
Lego Star Wars: The Yoda Chronicles - The Phantom Clone~2013 - voice of C-3PO
Dirigible Days~2012-2013 - Narrator:
     What Has Sunk May Rise
     Hierophant Unbound
     Grasping at the Shadow
     Strange Cargo
     Adventure Is Inescapable
Lego Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Out~2012 - voice of C-3PO
Star Wars: The Clone Wars~2008-2011 - voice of C-3PO (11 episodes)
Lego Star Wars: The Padawan Menace~2011 - voice of C-3PO
Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode III~2010 - voice of C-3PO
Help! I'm No Bigger Than a Bug~2008 - voice of MAL
Doctors~2006 - Justin Watts in Abuse of Power
Star Wars: Feel the Force~2005 - Himself
Animal Icons: Star Wars Creatures~2005 - Narrator
Jeopardy!~2005 - Himself/C-3PO 6/22/05
Science of Star Wars, The~2005 - Host 5/16-18/05
Tigerenten Club~2005 - Himself/C-3PO 5/14/05
Star Wars: Clone Wars~2004-2005 - voice of C-3PO in Chapters 15,16, 21, and 23
Ghosts of Albion: Embers~2004 - (voice) Lord Nelson
This Morning~2004 - Himself 9/22/04
GMTV~2004 - Himself 9/17/04
Ghosts of Albion: Embers~2004 - voice of Lord Nelson
Holby City~2004 - Colonel Donald Humphries in In the Line of Fire
Ghosts of Albion:Legacy~2003 - voice of Lord Nelson
Ultimate Sci-Fi top 10~2004 - Himself
Empire of Dreams: The Story of the Star Wars Trilogy~2004 - Himself
Star Wars: Clone Wars~2003 - voice of C-3PO
Star Wars: Connections~2002 - C-3PO
Urban Gothic~2001 - Mr. Tidyman in Serotonin Wild
SF:UK~2001 - Himself in No More Heroes
Big Breakfast, The~1992 - Himself  3/13/01
R2-D2: Beneath the Dome~2001 - Himself (uncredited)
Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased) (My Partner the Ghost)~2000 - Walton in The Best Years of Your Death
Famous Five, The~1997 - Prof Dobson in Five on a Secret Trail
Martin~1995 - Dontae in Bachelor Party
Prime Suspect 4: Inner Circles~1995 - Pathologist
Prime Suspect 4: The Lost Child~1995 - Pathologist
Young Indiana Jones and the Attack of the Hawkmen~1995 - Francois
World of Eddie Weary, The~1990 - Bruce
Dramarama~1989 - Mr. Cane in In the PInk
Singles~1989 - Jeremy in Sons and Lovers
Square Deal~1988 - Julian in 1.3, 2.3, 2.7
Three Up, Two Down~1987 - Rupert Fairfax in Mirror Mirror on the Wall
Star Wars: The Great Heep~1986 - voice of C-3PO
Droids~1985 - voice of C-3PO (13 episodes)
The Edison Twins~1985 - Miles Janus in Star-Crossed Lovers
Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady~1984 - Kenneth (7 episodes)
Donald Duck's 50th Birthday~1984 - C-3PO
Sesame Street~1980 - C-3PO (4 episodes)
Muppet Show, The~1980 - playing C-3PO in The Stars of Star Wars
Turning Year Tales~1979 - John in Dear, Harriet
Star Wars Holiday Special, The~1978  - C-3PO

A Life at Stake~1978 - ? in So, Who's Sick?
The Making of Star Wars~1977 - Himself/C3PO (Thanks to DarthCharlie32 for this credit!)
Donny and Marie~1977 - C-3PO in 3.1
Dinah~1977 - Himself/guest 9/9/77 (see Actor Connections - TV)
Centre Play for Christmas~1976 - Glendenning in William Wilson
Forget-Me-Not Lane~1975 - Youth
She Stoops to Conquer~1971 - Older Man

TV Commercials
Star Wars Underoos~1980 - C-3PO
Vaccination PSA~1977-1978 - C-3PO

TV Producer
Dirigible Days~2012-2013 - Narrator:
     What Has Sunk May Rise
     Hierophant Unbound
     Grasping at the Shadow
     Adventure is Inescapable

Dangerous Corner~1981 - (Ambassadors Theatre, Westminster, England, UK)
P.S. Your Cat is Dead~1978 -  (Baxter Theatre, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa)
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead~1976 - Rosencrantz (West End, London, UK)
Much Ado About Nothing
The Boyfriend
The Streets of London

Live Performances (Exhibition producer/creator)
Bahrain's Magic Island
Dubai's Encounter Zone
The Guinness Taste Sensation
The London Dungeon
The Westminster Experience
Singapore's Volcanoland

TalkSPORT: Mike Mendoza~2005 - Himself
Christian O'Connell Breakfast Show~2004 - Christmas Nativity Play - C3PO (one of the "two wise droids")
Star Wars: Return of the Jedi Radio Drama~1996 - C3PO
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back Radio Drama~1983 - C3PO
Star Wars: A New Hope Radio Drama~1983 - C3PO

Writer Books/Comic Books
Protocol Offensive, The (Dark Horse)~1997 (with Ryder Windham)

Writer Other Media
Star Wars Monopoly (CD ROM)~1996

Audio Books
Vlad the Drac
Vlad the Drac Returns
Vlad Superstar
Star Wars
The Empire Strikes Back
Christmas in the Stars
Dark Force Rising
The Last Command

Audio Plays
Space 1889 - Captain Carter

Theme Parks
Disney's Star Tours: The Adventures Continue~2011 - voice of C-3PO
Disney's Star Tours~1987 - voice of C-3PO

Video Games
Monopoly Star Wars~1997 (voice) - C-3PO

Awards, Honors, and Nominations
Carlton Hobbs BBC Radio Award:
Rec'd 1974

Social Media
Official Site:
Anthony Daniels

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