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Antony James Royle

Date of Birth:


Place of Birth:

Manchester, England





Marital Status:

Married to Saskia Royle


Saskia Royle (wife)
Lewis Royle (son)
Unknown Royle (son/daughter)
Jim Royle (father)
Barbara Royle (mother)
Denise Best (sister)
Mr Royle (paternal grandfather) †
Mrs Royle (paternal grandmother) †
Mr Speakman (maternal grandfather) †
Norma Speakman (maternal grandmother) †
Unknown father-in-law
Unknown mother-in-law
David Best (brother-in-law)
David Best (nephew)
Norma Best (niece)

First Appearance:

Bills, Bills, Bills

Last Appearance:

Joe's Crackers

Portrayed By:

Ralf Little

Antony James Royle is the son of Jim and Barbara Royle. He is married to Saskia Royle, with whom he has a child. He also has a son, Lewis Royle, from his previous relationship with Emma Kavanagh. Denise Best is his sister, and through her, he has a nephew, David Best and a niece, Norma Best. He is the brother-in-law of David Best, the grandson of Norma Speakman and the son-in-law of his wife's parents.


Antony is the usually laid-back, apparently lazy-arse son of Barbara and Jim, who make him do everything from making the tea to answering the door. Jim calls him a lazy git while he sits there and Antony makes the tea. When Antony leaves home, Jim expects Barbara to do all of Antony's "chores."

Anthony is applied as a dumb "doesn't-know-nothing" childish teenager, although he gets angry when he is made to do things once he has just sat down, and argues, demanding why Denise doesn't have to do anything.

But during "The Queen of Sheba" it turns out that Antony has a job interview in Milton Keynes. He turns out to be wealthy in "Joe's Crackers" when he buys Jim a Sky HD Box and Barbara a Dyson Ball Vacum Cleaner. He tries to start a band during Series 2; they soon split, then reunite, make a tape, and head back to London with it.


He appears in shaggy clothes during Series 1 and dyes his hair blonde during Series 2 but dyes it back. He wears more formal suits in the specials when he has a big job.


During Series 2 Anthony has a girlfriend called Emma. The couple have a child in 2001, Lewis, but split up soon afterwards. He then has a girlfriend called Saskia during "The Golden Egg Cup" and proposes to her during "Joe's Crackers" while she is heavily pregnant.


  • In Bills, Bills, Bills, Anthony is said to be 15 years old. This would mean that he was born in 1982 or 1983.