Emmerdale’s Tony Audenshaw is known to millions as the lovable Bob Hope, but he also has a very interesting life away from the ITV soap opera – including as the frontman of a band.
Tony began playing Bob Hope in Emmerdale in 2000 with the actor appearing in over 2,500 episodes. Bob was introduced as a hosiery salesman and lover of Viv Windsor – played by Deena Payne.
The characters later married, although co-star Deena was initially not too fond of Tony playing the role. Speaking to our colleagues at The Mirror, Tony previously said: “I’m aware that Deena didn’t think I was right for the role at first. But we clicked very early on and built a great working relationship.
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Viv was killed off in 2011 and over the years Bob’s character has been involved in a number of great storylines and romances.
Away from Emmerdale, Tony is a passionate musician and works incredibly hard for charity.
Scroll below and find out more about the actor’s life.
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rock ‘n’ roll star
Tony Audenshaw is the head of a group called White Van Man which tours and gives many concerts.
In 2010, the band teamed up with famous opera singer Sean Ruane for an unofficial song about English football to try and inspire the squad at that year’s World Cup.
The song titled Viva Englandia didn’t really have the desired effect with the side crashing at the start – although the song could hardly be blamed for the side’s poor performance.
Tony isn’t the only Emmerdale star in a band. We recently brought you details of Olvia Bromley, who plays Dawn Taylor on the ITV soap opera, ahead of the Damsen band.
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Emmerdale’s second character
Like many of his co-stars, Tony Audenshaw had a role in Emmerdale as a completely different character before becoming fan favorite Bob Hope.
In 1996 Tony appeared in Emmerdale as Acky – being credited as Antony Audenshaw. Acky was a security guard in Frank Tate’s career and appeared in scenes on The Woolpack – many years before Tony’s character Bob pulled pints there.
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Before becoming a mainstay of Emmerdale, Tony Audenshaw had a role in Ken Loach’s 1993 film Raining Stones alongside Ricky Tomlinson and Bruce Jones. Of course, the latter will be known to Corrie fans as the rogue Les Battersby.
Other TV shows Tony had roles in before the soap opera included Heartbeat, Prime Suspect and Brookside.
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Dedicated Charitable Fundraising
Tony Audenshaw has completed ten London Marathons. In 2010, he broke the Guinness World Record for the fastest time set by a runner dressed as a baby, when he completed the London Marathon in 3 hours and 13 minutes.
Her dedication has helped raise thousands of pounds for good causes. The star is also a regular host of the Marathon Talk podcast.
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