->''"I'm fortunate because people can't put a label on me, which I embrace wholeheartedly."''

Anthony Stewart Head (born February 20, 1954) is a British actor best known as his role as Rupert Giles in ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', and more recently as King Uther in ''Series/{{Merlin}}''. He also had a short role as Will's terrible dad in ''Film/TheInBetweeners''.

He also has released several albums (''Music for Elevators'' in 2002, and ''Staring At The Sun'' in 2014), played Nathan in the RockOpera ''Film/RepoTheGeneticOpera'' and served up glorious sides of [[LargeHam ham]] as the [[EvilIsHammy evil guardian]] Mr Gently Benevolent in [[Creator/TheBBC Radio 4]]'s ''Radio/BleakExpectations''. He also played Michael the Prime Minister in sketch show ''Series/LittleBritain'' ("It's [[LampshadeHanging not the real prime minister]] of course, it's just [[ActorAllusion that bloke from Buffy]]"), and appeared in the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "School Reunion" as [[MonsterOfTheWeek that episode's villain]], Mr. Lucas Finch. In ''AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho'', he played LargeHam Grayvorn in the Excelis story arc. He [[RuleOfThree once again]] played a ''Series/DoctorWho'' villain as the voice of Space Pirate Balthasar in ''[[Recap/DoctorWho2007TDWASTheInfiniteQuest The Infinite Quest]].'' He occasionally turns up in ''Radio/CabinPressure'' as [[Creator/RogerAllam Douglas]]'s old friend Herc Shipwright. More recently, he played the MadScientist Paracelsus in ''Series/{{Warehouse 13}}'', obsessed with immortality. Before he was famous he was also in an episode of ''Series/{{Highlander}}'', sadly not as an Immortal, however.

Long before he was Giles, he was most recognisable for being half of an insufferably smug WillTheyOrWontThey couple flirting over instant coffee in commercials for Nescafé and its [[TransAtlanticEquivalent American equivalent]] Taster's Choice.

Oh, and he played Dr. Frank-N-Furter in some performances of ''Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow''.

He has a brother who is a veteran of musicals on the West End, named Murray Head. Murray is better known for his performances in the original ''Jesus Christ Superstar'' and his biggest chart hit, "One Night in Bangkok" (from a far less successful musical called ''Theatre/{{Chess}}'').

He has been with his partner Sarah Fisher since 1984, and they have two daughters, Daisy and Emily, who like him are actors.

* ActorInspiredElement: James Marsters based Spike's London accent off Anthony's real voice. The character was at first written with a Texan accent. The inspiration is clear when he uses his natural accent to portray "Ripper" Giles in the episode "Band Candy."
* TheCastShowOff: He shows off his singing talents many times in ''Buffy'', before the MusicalEpisode even. He performs "Behind Blue Eyes" at the Bronze in 'Where The Wild Things Are' and sings his exposition in 'Restless'. Also subverted as his appearance in the Season 7 premiere was supposed to show off his horse riding skills, but he refused to gallop without a helmet which the crew worried would make him unrecognizable at a distance, so he simply has the horse walk.
* CastingGag: After playing the Prime Minister in ''Series/LittleBritain'' he got to play an actual former chancellor Geoffrey Howe in ''Film/TheIronLady''.
* DeletedRole: Was cast in the film version of ''Film/SweeneyTodd'' playing a ghost who sings "The Ballad of Sweeny Todd", its reprises and "Epilogue". The songs were recorded but deleted, as Tim Burton felt they were too theatrical for a film.
* FakeAmerican: For ''Dominion'', marking the first time he had done an American accent for a major production.
* TheOtherDarrin: He replaces Pierce Brosnan as Chiron for ''Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters''.
* PlayingAgainstType: ''{{Series/Merlin 2008}}'' was this at the time. Fans were still used to seeing him as Giles, so it was a big change to play a ruthless tyrant like Uther.
* PromotedFanboy: A fan of ''Series/DoctorWho'', he later appeared in two episodes.
* RealLifeWritesThePlot: He was PutOnABus in ''Buffy'''s sixth season to spend more time with his family.