The still (by Alex Jefferis) is from an upcoming short film called 'Ella' by Dan Gitsham.
On aging, Tony says:
"I quite enjoy the lines on my face. Injecting yourself with poison is not a good idea. Where does it go? It's got to go somewhere. I don't like the saggy bit under my chin, though. I don't think it's worth having surgery for, but if it gets worse..."
(From 'This much I know', The Guardian, 2010.)
On growing up in Hampton, Middlesex:
"My friends and I would play hide-and-seek in the graveyard, although we had this rather arduous ritual whereby, if you touched a gravestone, you had to spit on your fingers and turn round three times, which made play quite difficult. "
(From 'Time and Place', The Times, 2008.)
On childhood and a fear of puppets:
"There were moments in my life that I wanted to revisit. I have always felt that there were vast swaths of my childhood that have vanished, leaving me with little lily-pads of memory. I had eight sessions with a hypnotherapist who was trained in regression. It was fascinating. I was able to go back to particular moments, such as a fear of puppets, and I found a different set of emotions from what I had thought all these years. "
(From 'Not just anybody', The Times, 2006)
And finally, to compensate for the rather gruesome start of this birthday post, here's a blood-free Tony for you.