As an actor, Anthony has worked across stage and screen since he graduated from the Central School of Speech and Drama in 2010. On stage, he formed part of the National Theatre company during their 50th anniversary programme, and originated the lead role in Colin Teevan’s The Kingdom in the West End. Screen credits have included Fair City, Penny Dreadful and Hellboy. Anthony currently plays DS Jordan MacDonald in Harry Wild (Acorn TV & AMC+), starring Jane Seymour and has just finished filming series 2 and 3 which will hit screens in the autumn.
In 2022, Anthony completed his PhD at the University of Exeter investigating Cotqueans: Queer Domesticity in eighteenth-century England. He is currently an Honorary Fellow at the University of Exeter. During his PhD, he contributed to the research that informed the National Trust’s Interim Report on the Connections between Colonialism and Properties now in the Care of the National Trust, Including Links with Historic Slavery, which was published in September 2020. He has appeared numerous times in BBC History (discussing ‘accuracy’ in period drama, and the history of same-sex marriage) and The Guardian (discussing period drama). His academic article on cotqueans is forthcoming with Gender & History, and he will soon contribute a chapter focussing on queer families to a new history of the early modern family (Cambridge University Press, 2024).
As a broadcaster, Anthony will soon co-host an exciting new history podcast, which will be available from October 2023. He has also delivered talks and seminars for The National Trust, The National Trust for Scotland, The British Society for Eighteenth Century Studies, Sorbonne University, and Shibden Hall (The Anne Lister Society). He is engaged to speak at Kensington Palace on the queer nature of court life in autumn 2023, and will deliver the annual Pride keynote at Kilkenny Castle, in June 2023 for the Office of Public Works, Ireland.