Following the surprise success
of my initial fansite for Derren Nesbitt, which has so far attracted over 20,000 hits
in the short time it has been running, I now turn my attention to another worthy unsung hero of both stage and screen.
Therefore I present for your enjoyment, the distinguished Royal Shakespearian Company actor - Anthony Higgins.
I chose Anthony for three reasons.
is that quite simply he is a brilliant classically trained actor whom I have been a big fan of for a long time,
since his early appearances in Hammer films and his stand-out turn in 'Young Sherlock Holmes'.
second is that his talents should be deserving of a lot more attention & recognition, so I hope to do him
The final reason is that I met him at last at a signing convention and he proved
to be a true gentleman and answered my questions with a lot of enthusiasm and real charm.
Apologies for being 'off air' for a short while.
As you can see I have been freshening up
Ready for some
great new updates!
|Vampire Circus arrives on Blu-ray!
Those with multi-region Blu-ray and DVD players can avail themselves
with a brand new release of 'Vampire Circus'.
This new Blu-ray/DVD combo edition can be
purchased from Amazon.com.
Unfortunately the Blu-ray is regionally coded 'A', meaning the majority of us
will have to wait for a UK 'B' version instead!
'Zen' the new BBC detective series
has just been released on DVD.
It contains all three recently screened episodes, featuring Anthony in
a somewhat sinister role as the Head of The Ministry.
Watch this space for details on who is offering
the best price and Blu-ray availability.
'Malice in Wonderland' is now available
to buy on DVD for only £4.03 from Amazon.
For a really good and uncut
version of 'Vampire Circus', try and pick up the now rare Hammer Vampire Boxset. It also
contains 'Countess Dracula' and 'Twins of Evil'.
Apparently you can now purchase an uncut R2 DVD of 'Flavia', for just
under £5.00 from such online suppliers as Play and Amazon. Incredible really, considering the strong subject material. Hopefully
the U.K. version will match its U.S. counterpart (above), which contained a nice restored anamorphic widescreen print
and special features, including a recent interview with Flavia (Florinda Balkan) herself.
Though deserving of a much better treatment (and print), you can now own 'Young
Sherlock Holmes' on DVD. It is currently available on both U.S. & U.K. formats. Buy one now and
hope that one day they will finally get around to releasing a worthy special edition.
For as little as £4.99 from Play, it is now the perfect opportunity to purchase
one of Anthony's recent performances, in the excellent BBC series 'Heroes and Villains'.
He appears in the Napoleon episode as 'Dugommier'.
These two Lynda La Plante DVDs featuring appearances by Anthony,
can both be purchased for only £1 each from Poundland stores.
This section allows fans to post any comments or
questions that other readers or film buffs can answer or shed further light on.
I'll start the ball rolling by asking; - out of the many questions I put to Anthony, the only one
I didn't ask him was, 'what prompted him to change his name from Corlan to Higgins?' Does anyone
Roger Schofield writes: Having
recently watched Anthony on the Lewis programme on ITV, it brought me back to my childhood. I was at School with
him and he was a fan of Hiawatha, enjoying reading the poem aloud. Perhaps
he can remember the Junior School in his home town. I am pleased he has done so well for
Annie writes: Hey, I've been checking
out your Anthony Higgins website, love it. Just thought I'd drop you a line. There's actually not a lot of websites
online that splash much info about him, other than yours and a Russian fansite I've been going on. Still many things I
wonder about him. I only have a small collection of his movies but definitely looking into more. Nice to see you had
the opportunity to meet him.
Yvonne Lowe (nee Higgins) writes: I think
you will find that Anthony Higgins has always been "Higgins", I am wondering where the "Corlan" surname
has come from? The reason I say this, is because I am certain he is my late father's cousin,
and therefore my cousin (my former maiden name is Yvonne Higgins). My late father's name was
Patrick Joseph Higgins from Douglas in Cork. I believe that Anthony's father was my Grandfather's (Timothy Higgins),
brother. I believe Anthony's parents moved to England from Ireland. My Father married an
English woman (my mother), and moved to London. My father lost track of Anthony many years ago, although I do understand
that my parents travelled back from Ireland to England on the Innisfallen from Cork to Swansea - together one year when
I was about 2/3 (I am now 56 !!!), and Anthony was also very young. Not that I can remember it myself! My
Dad's sister, (Marget Collins), used to send us newspaper cuttings about Anthony - particularly with regard to the Draughtsman's
Contract and everyone was very proud of him and his achievements and I was very jealous because I also wanted to be an actress
and begged my father to send me to a stage school. My father was always talking about him and how he was a member of the RSC.
Although I have personally never met Anthony (apart from coming back to England on the Irish Ferry!) I am intrigued to know where this Corlan name has come from, as I have never heard this before? ps: If I have got any of the above details wrong - it is because my Dad
has been dead for over 30 years and he is the one that would have known the exact details. (I would not want Anthony to think that I was fabricating anything that related to him or his family!)
Keep emailing me with your kind comments, questions and requests. If Anthony or any
of his family or friends visit this site, they will see that his work is very much appreciated by his many fans.
|'Mr Neville' in The Draughtsman's Contract
|'Professor Moriarty' (post credits) in Young Sherlock Holmes
|'Johann Strauss' in Strauss Dynasty.
|His most recent film role as 'Rex' in Malice in Wonderland
|'Count Ludwig' in the Marple episode 'The Secret of Chimneys'.
|Original movie poster for 'Vampire Circus'.
|His most recent on-screen performance in the TV series 'Zen'.
|Another German, this time from 'Tales of the Unexpected'.
Links to Other Sites
Derren Nesbitt (Companion Site)