Tony Selby is dead. Selby was an 83-year-old actor from Lambeth, London.
After training at the Italia Conti Stage School, he went on to appear in many
television programmes and films between 1965 and 2012, when he appeared in the
zombie comedy film Cockneys vs Zombies. Selby died in London on September 5,
A statement from Lizanne Crowther Management said: “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 humor will be missed by us all.”
Selby played conman Sabalom Glitz in Doctor Who from 1986 to 1987 and appeared
as Susan Harper’s long-lost father Arthur in the BBC comedy My Family.
Selby also appeared on the big screen in films such as 1965’s The Early Bird and Alfie,
starring Michael Caine, as well as Press For Time, Poor Cow, Witchfinder General,
Before Winter Comes, In Search Of Gregory, Villain and Nobody Ordered Love.
Musical director Barry Robinson shared a touching tribute to his “dear mate” on
“So sad to get the call that my dear mate & wonderful “proper” old school character
actor Tony Selby passed away,” he wrote.
Fans have also taken to the social media platform to pay their respects to the star.
One wrote: “Tony Selby leaves behind a strong legacy. The character of Glitz was a
wonderful Robert Holmes creation and Tony Selby gives him the needed rebellious
recklessness, untrustworthy criminal antics but also comedy and charm.”
Another added: “Just absolutely devastating, shocking news. gone too soon. rest in
peace tony Selby, you will be missed.”