Anthony Jackson (actor)

Anthony Thomas Jackson (18 February 1944 26 November 2006) was an English actor, who reached his widest audiences as founder of the eponymous ghost hiring agency in the long-running BBC children's comedy series Rentaghost.

Anthony Jackson
Anthony Thomas Jackson

(1944-02-18)18 February 1944
Birmingham, England
Died26 November 2006(2006-11-26) (aged 62)
London, England

Jackson began his career with the Birmingham Repertory. He studied at Rose Bruford College and in 1965 joined the Radio Drama Company by winning the Carlton Hobbs Bursary.[1] Later he played at the Mermaid Theatre and the Nottingham Playhouse.


Jackson played the part of The Tale Bearer (a narrator not included in the original story) in the 1968 BBC Radio dramatisation of J. R. R. Tolkien's The Hobbit.

Jackson also provided a large number of voices in the animated children's series Ivor the Engine[2][3] and went on to have roles in many long-running British television series. He also appeared in the sitcoms Bless This House, All Our Saturdays, Mind Your Language, Citizen Smith, Dynasty, The Detectives, Lovejoy, Softly, Softly, Barlow at Large and Only Fools and Horses. In his final years, he appeared in The Bill, Casualty, Footballers' Wives, Walker Texas Ranger and Doctors.


Jackson also did voiceovers for animation including the TV series The Dreamstone, Budgie the Little Helicopter, Shakespeare: The Animated Tales, Watership Down, The World of Peter Rabbit and Friends and Testament: The Bible in Animation and the film A Monkey's Tale.

He also did voices in live-action shows and films including The Storyteller, Labyrinth and A.D.A.M.

He found a niche in The Godot Company,[4] and became one of its principal members.


Jackson died in London on 26 November 2006,[5] having been ill during rehearsals of Waiting for Godot whilst the company was touring in Ireland.

Film and television roles

1970Softly, SoftlyCorry
1971Bless This HouseTrevor Lewis
1972Love Thy NeighbourMalcolm (episode The TUC Conference)
1973All Our SaturdaysFrank Bosomworth
1975Ivor the EngineDai Station, Evans the Song, Mr Dinwiddy and othersVoice
1976RentaghostFred Mumford
1977You're Only Young TwiceBenny
1978Mind Your LanguageMr Jarvis
1980Citizen SmithItalian Waiter
1982Only Fools and HorsesSpanish police officer
1986LovejoyBrian - Car Mechanic
1986LabyrinthThe Four Guards / GoblinVoice
1986‘’Eastenders’’Carpet Salesman
1989A Monkey's TaleAdditional Voices(English version, voice)
1990The DreamstoneNug, Mr. BlossomVoice
1994Budgie the Little HelicopterKen, DonVoice
1994The Tale of Pigling BlandThe PolicemanVoice
1996The DetectivesFirst Copper
2001Watership DownKeeharr, Cowslip, Additional Voices(Series 3 only)


  1. Carlton Hobbs Bursary winners at, accessed 23 January 2018
  2. "British actor Anthony Jackson dead at 62". The Big Cartoon Forum. 2006-12-10. Archived from the original on 2012-07-14. Retrieved 2009-10-30.
  3. DeMott, Rick (December 18, 2006). "Ivor the Engine Actor Dies". Animation World Network. Retrieved 2010-01-28.
  4. "The Godot Company".
  5. "Anthony Jackson - News Obituaries". The Independent. 2006-12-09. Retrieved 2009-10-30.
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