Tony Holland

Last updated 09 January 2020

Tony Holland (1940-2007)
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Anthony John Holland

Born: Thursday 18th January 1940
Died: Wednesday 28th November 2007 (age: 67)


Tony Holland was an English television screenwriter best known as a writer and co-creator of the BBC soap opera EastEnders.

Holland began his career as an actor, appearing in the 1966 Doctor Who serial The Savages 

Other roles included  Message for Posterity, a serial for The Wednesday Play in 1967. That same year, a play he developed, The Isle is Full of Noises, was taken up by the BBC and produced by Thirty-Minute Theatre.

He landed a job on Z-Cars as a writer and script editor in 1970. It was here that he met producer and director, Julia Smith and started a long and successful working relationship.

In 1983 the BBC approached Holland and Smith to produce a new soap opera for BBC One to rival the long established ITV favorites. Thus, EastEnders was born.