“Colin Skipp (8 August 1939 – 19 November 2019) was a British actor, best known for playing Tony Archer in the BBC radio series The Archers for 46 years.
Skipp won a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, and studied alongside actor Charles Collingwood, who plays Brian Aldridge in The Archers.
Skipp had played the character of Tony Archer for 46 years (1967–2013), on the date of his retirement, making him the seventh longest continuously serving radio soap actor. He decided to retire after having several heart attacks and major heart surgery. The role was taken over in January 2014 by the actor David Troughton.
In 2004, he directed the stage play The Sound of Julie at the Charles Cryer Theatre, Carshalton, a dramatisation of the life of actress Julie Andrews. Skipp’s daughter, Nova, was in the title role.
On 21 November 2019, the BBC’s social media accounts for The Archers announced that Skipp had died. He was 80 years old. His former co-star Pat Gallimore, who plays Tony’s wife Pat, called him “a good friend and generous colleague”, and said “Colin was a very fine actor who brought truth and integrity to the role of Tony.” “
“Arts Richmond is pleased to announce its brand-new radio drama competition dedicated to the memory of local actor, Colin Skipp, known to his many fans as Tony Archer.
Colin Skipp performed the role in BBC Radio 4 soap The Archers, and was a much loved character for 46 years. His widow, Lisa, and daughter, Nova, are very pleased with this initiative and hope to make this competition an annual event.
Local residents, groups and students are urged to submit their 15 minute radio dramas by Wednesday 30 June 2021. Each entry will be read by an experienced local reader and four will be selected for final judgement.
Simon Nelson, BBC Writersroom‘s London Development Executive, has kindly agreed to arrange for professional feedback for each of the four finalists’ scripts. The four finalists will then submit their recorded dramas to the Arts Richmond panel for final adjudication by an industry professional.
The organisers are hoping that many Richmond upon Thames residents and students will take part in this unique competition which could earn them the Colin Skipp Radio Drama Cup and a £100 cash prize.
The final four recorded scripts will be aired on the Arts Richmond YouTube channel and the cup awarded by Lisa and Nova Skipp on Sunday 7 November 2021 at 3pm.”