The Man Behind the Master: The Biography of Anthony Ainley

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By:Karen Louise Hollis
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Note:Also available as an audio reading. Biography of Anthony Ainley, best known of course for playing the Doctor's arch-enemy The Master between 1981 and 1989.

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Edition: UK (hardback)
Released:  May 2015
Publisher:  Fantom Films
Format: hardback
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Although known to an audience of millions the world over for his portrayal of The Doctor's arch nemesis The Master in Doctor Who during the 1980′s, Anthony Ainley had a prolific career which encompassed starring roles in Spyders Web and It's Dark Outside, as well as appearances in renowned dramas such as The Pallisers, Elizabeth R, Nicholas Nickleby, Upstairs, Downstairs, and cult films including Blood On Satan's Claw and The Land That Time Forgot.

But the dramas in Anthony's real life were far more fascinating than any of the many parts he played on screen. Born the illegitimate son of actor Henry Ainley, and taken into care at the Actors' Orphanage at the age of four, the hidden story behind one of Doctor Who's most enigmatic characters is brought to life by author Karen Louise Hollis.

Using exhaustive interviews with friends and colleagues from every aspect of Anthony's life, including his best friend from school, fellow children from the Actors' Orphanage, cricketing friends, colleagues, and those who remained close to him until his death in 2004, this book aims to uncover the real Anthony Ainley — The Man Behind The Master.

Karen Louise Hollis was born in Lincoln in 1969. As the daughter of two journalists, she has always written from a young age. She first had a poem published at the age of ten and since then has continued to write both fact and fiction, including books on gymnastics and motherhood, plus two collections of poetry, one of short stories and over 1000 reviews and articles for websites.

She has five children and a granddaughter, and lives in Leicestershire with her partner Les and their youngest son. She has had a variety of books published, including Un-Conventional in 2010 and Thoughts of a New Old Mum in 2013. The Man Behind The Master is her first biography.

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Released:  March 2019
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