Actor Tony Selby dies aged 83

Monday 6th September 2021, 5:44pm

  • Tony Selby has died at the age of 83
  • The actor worked on television from its earliest days, including a number of landmark comedies
  • He is best remembered for ITV sitcom Get Some In!
Get Some In!. Cpl. Percy Marsh (Tony Selby). Copyright: Thames Television.

Actor Tony Selby has died. He was 83.

Across a long career, he is perhaps best remembered for his starring role as Corporal Percy Marsh in Esmonde & Larbey's national service comedy Get Some In!, which ran from 1975 to 1978 on ITV.

He would later reunite with the writers, and fellow Get Some In! actor Karl Howman for two series of sueprnatural-themed sitcom Mulberry in the early 1990s.

His agent said today: "It is with great sadness we announce that the actor Tony Selby passed away peacefully in London yesterday.

"In a career spanning 70 years in theatre, film and TV, Tony was highly respected and loved by family, friends and colleagues. His renowned sense of humour will be missed by us all."

Howman responded to the news on Twitter this evening, saying: "So sad, RIP Tony and God Bless x"

Born in Lambeth on 26th February 1938, Selby trained at the prestigious Italia Conti stage school. He began working in television as early as 1951, with film roles following soon after.

With other work including appearances in Z Cars, Doctor Who, Crown Court, The Bill and EastEnders, his comedy credits include a recurring guest role in Jasper Carrott sitcom The Detectives; appearing in Hancock's Half Hour; and Eric Sykes comedy If You Go Down in the Woods Today.

He also appeared in Lovejoy; Minder; An Alligator Named Daisy; starred alongside Dick Emery in Jack Of Diamonds; programmes as diverse as Bless This House, The Good Life, My Family, Duty Free and Cilla's Comedy Six, and feature in Spike Milligan movie Adolf Hitler: My Part In His Downfall.

Tony Selby is survived by his wife Gina Sellers, whom he married in 1986.


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