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Anthony Stephens was born in 1953 and brought up in London, England, of Irish parents. He was educated at Catholic primary and grammar schools before going to Walbrook College, Westminster to complete his tertiary education.
As a teenager, he trained as an actor in the workshops at Oval House Theatre, Kennington alongside a more famous contemporary student, Pierce Brosnan.
Anthonys’ acting career took an experimental direction and he joined the “Treteaux Libres de Geneve” touring theatre company which was based in Geneva Switzerland and financed by the Beatle, John Lennon. In the company Anthony performed many roles on stage, but the most memorable productions were “Quo Vadis” and “Requiem for Romeo and Juliet”.
In parallel with acting, Anthony developed interests in creative writing, photography, music, politics and computing. He wrote his first novel “The mewing of mice pups” when he was twenty one, but the novel was never published. At that time, he was also photographing many performance artists in their live works around Europe, most notably “Keith and Marie”, “Joseph Beuys” and “Reindeer Werk”. The first volume of poetry that he had published was “Still Living”.
In his early twenties, Anthony arranged gigs for pop music bands which charted at the time and have since developed a cult following, notably “The Passions”, “The Raincoats” and “The Distributors”.
In 1978 Anthony moved to Paris, France and worked as a computer consultant designing computer networks for blue chip companies around Europe (notably IBM, Honeywell-Bull, Phillips, HSA,NATO.). By 1980 Anthony was married to a French woman and they had two daughters in that marriage.
For an extremely brief period, Anthony took to the stage once more and played the lead role in “Play it Again Sam” by Woody Allen which toured in Belgium and Luxembourg. Then Anthony was head hunted by the Walt Disney organisation and he returned to London to set up Disney’s Buena Vista European operations for film, home video and theatrical across 12 european territories.
After Disney, Anthony was recruited to turn the London Stock Exchange into an electronic market, after which he specialised in connecting investment banks to the trading markets (Merril Lynch, Dresdner Kleinwort, UBS, RBS and Nat West).
In 2006 Anthony stood for election in London, but failed to gain a seat. Subsequently he wrote a fictionalised account of the elections and political process and this was published as a novel “A.P.E stands for election” by Metropolis Media Publishing.
In 2009 Anthony was accepted into the Society of Authors in London and he began writing his first action thriller novel “Amesha Spenta – The nun who killed God”.