Anthony Daniels is an English film actor and a renowned mime artist. He was born on February 21, 1946 in Salisbury, Wiltshire in England. He studied at Giggleswick School and later took a law course, but dropped it out to join the amateur dramatics.
He then attended Rose Bruford College. He left school in 1974 and worked at BBC Radio. Daniels has also worked at the National Theatre of Great Britain in the Young Vic theatre. He was later invited to meet the popular filmmaker,
George Lucas, who penned and directed the epic space opera film,
Star Wars in 1977.
Initially, he turned down the invitation to meet the director, but his agent advised him to meet Lucas. Daniels was not a fan of a sci-fi film; the only science fiction film he watched in a theatre was Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey. But he felt dissatisfaction with the film and demanded for a refund of his money. In an interview in 2011, he already watched the film for longer than 10-minutes and considered it a masterpiece.
He also stated that he enjoyed watching post-apocalyptic films like Mad Max (1979). Daniels speaks French fluently and has been a member of BBC’s Radio Drama Company. He rose to fame after bagging the role of C-3PO in all the original Star Wars feature films. His body and voice were used as the golden droid. In the Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace, Daniels sports a Spandex costume in order to make his body turned into different circuits and wires during the editing of the film.
He then reprised his role in several promotional works like hosting The Making of Star Wars, The Science of Star Wars, and Star Wars Connections, and many more. He voiced his character C-3PO in the radio serial of Star Wars based on the original trilogy. He also voiced C-3PO in the animated television series, Droids, Star Wars: Clone Wars, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star Wars Rebels, and in the Star Wars Forces of Destiny.
He also voiced for the Christmas-themed album ‘titled Christmas in the Stars; several Walt Disney’s theme park attractions, the Raiders of the Lost Jedi Temple of Doom: A Fan Film of Epic Proportions; Star Tours and Star Tours: The Adventures Continue; and many more. Daniels also narrated and voiced all the characters in the audio books, Star wars: Dark Force Rising (1992) and Star Wars: The Last Command (1993).
He was the one controlling the puppet for the 2002 Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones; however, those scenes were cut and Daniels was the one in costume for Droid’s first appearance in the film. He also worked on the vocal tracks of the film and in Star wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (2005). He was the only film actor who acted in the eight original Star Wars films, Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008), and related TV series. He also hosted the Star Wars: In Concert tour in North America.
He made cameo roles as a humanoid in two of Star Wars feature films. His role as Lieutenant Dannyl Faytonni was named after him. The character made appearances in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones and Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. He reprised his role as C-3PO in Star Wars: The Force Awakens that started filming in 2014 and was released in 2015.
In 2017, he appeared in Star Wars: The Last Jedi and he is set to appear in the 2019 Star Wars Episode IX. Daniels was also seen in a cameo role in the first stand-alone film of the Star Wars Anthology series, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story in 2016. His voice was used as the Legolas in the 1978 animated high fantasy film, The Lord of the Rings.
He made appearances in several dramas of the British television, most popularly in his recurring role in the police procedural TV drama series, Prime Suspect and in the spoof horror film, I Bought a Vampire Motorcycle. Besides films, Daniels is also an adjunct professor at ETC’s Carnegie Mellon University.