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Full Name  Anthony Osoba
Occupation  Actor

Name  Tony Osoba
Role  Actor
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  15 March 1947 (age 76) (1947-03-15) Maryhill, Glasgow, Scotland
Spouse(s)  Sally Wignall (m. 1989)
TV shows  Dempsey and Makepeace, Porridge, The Demon Headmaster, The Cleopatras, Making News
Similar People  Sam Kelly, Peter Vaughan, Ronald Lacey, Christopher Biggins, Ian La Frenais

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Tony Osoba (born 15 March 1947) is a Scottish actor best known for his role as Jim 'Jock' McClaren in the popular 1970s British sitcom Porridge, and appeared in its sequel Going Straight. Osoba was the first black Scottish actor to appear on primetime television when he appeared in the series.


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Early life

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Born in Maryhill, Glasgow, Scotland, he had an early ambition to design cars but when he realised that the employment opportunities in that field were limited he decided to become an actor after his Highers and trained at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. He then joined a theatre company in Richmond, toured abroad and was a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company.


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His other television roles include Det. Sgt. Charles 'Chas' Jarvis in Dempsey and Makepeace (1984-6) and Peter Ingram in Coronation Street (1990). He has also appeared in Space: 1999 (1976), The Professionals (1978), Charles Endell Esq (1979), Minder (1980), The Flame Trees of Thika (1981), Bergerac (1983), Between the Lines (1994) and Dinotopia (2002) as well as three appearances in Doctor Who in the stories "Destiny of the Daleks" (1979), "Dragonfire" (1987) and "Kill the Moon" (2014). His film career includes roles in Pure as a Lily (1976), the film version of Porridge (1979), Game for Vultures (1979), and Who Dares Wins (1982).

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In 2005, Osoba starred as the Kralahome in a UK touring production of The King and I. Recent credits include the 2007 film Tanner, as Superintendent Smith in Hollyoaks and Charlie Dokes in The Bill. In 2011 Osoba made a brief appearance in an episode of The Shadow Line.

Osoba has also appeared in one radio series, Space Force (1984–85), as Loderick Sincere.

Partial filmography

  • Pure as a Lily (1976) - Othello
  • "The Professionals-Stakeout" (1978) - Aggressive man at bowling alley.
  • Game for Vultures (1979) - Daniel Batten
  • Porridge (1979) - McClaren
  • Who Dares Wins (1982) - Terrorist
  • Tanner (2007) - Archie Richmond
  • Planetfall (2014) - A.I. Computer
  • References

    Tony Osoba Wikipedia