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Anthony Stewert Head as Rupert Giles
Ethan: "How did Ripper inspire such good-ness?"
Buffy: "Because he's Giles." -The Dark Age

Born a Watcher prodigy, Rupert Giles took over Buffy's Slayer training and mentoring when Buffy moved to Sunnydale after her former Watcher, Merrick, had been killed. After attending Oxford University, Giles dreamed of being a fighter pilot or a grocer. Unfortunately, he was forced into the family business of Slayer nurturing. Even after he tried to radically break away from his destiny by becoming the demon summoning Ripper, his intelligence (and the Watchers Council) eventually sent him down the straight road.
When he first moved to Sunnydale, Giles was the Sunnydale High Librarian whose sole purpose was to train and guide the recently relocated Buffy in the Slayer ways. His relationship with Buff eventually became a lot deeper then the typical teacher/student relationship between a Watcher and a Slayer. As a matter of fact, it could be insinuated that Giles is actually Buffy's stand-in father figure. You see, her real father lives in LA and she rarely sees him any more.

Regrettably, the Watchers Council canned Giles because he informed Buffy that he had to revoke her powers temporarily so that she could participate in her 18th birthday ritual. The Council, not amused, sent in a new Watcher named Wesley Wyndam-Price to take active Watcher duty for Buffy. However, Giles remains in Sunnydale and continues to aid our hero with his vast knowledge.
Not a man of many peers, Giles has dated only a few women in Sunnydale including Sunnydale High's computer teacher Jenny Calendar and his former girlfriend from England, Olivia.

After quite a long period of being unemployed, Giles took up singing at the Expresso Pump and then bought the Magic Box.
It seems as if the loss of Buffy has affected Giles in a way that it would if she was his real daughter. Shocking everyone in the gang, he is returning to England to work things out and handing over the Magic Box to Anya.

Anthony Stewart Head has had a successful acting career in England for many years. Head was a regular cast member on the science fiction television series "VR.5." He also guest starred in the series "Highlander" and the police drama "NYPD Blue." He has also stared in "Royce" and movies "A Prayer for the Dying," "Devil's Hill" and "Lady Chatterley's Lover."

He has performed in several BBC Productions, including "Secret Army," "Accident," "Bergerac," "The Grudge Fight," "Howard's Way" and "Pulaski." Head also starred in the British television productions "Enemy at the Door" and "Love in a Cold Climate."

He was born in Camdentown, England, and grew up in Hampton. He attended the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts, and got his first show business break playing Jesus in "Godspell" in the West End. He went on to star in a number of theater productions, including "The Rocky Horror Show," "Julius Caesar," "The Heiress," "Chess," Peter Shaffer's "Yonadab" at the Royal National Theatre, and "Rope."

Anthony's favourite food is pizza, TV shows are Friends and ER and colour is blue.

Anthony Stewert Head divides his time between home in Los Angeles and England.

"In my years as a watcher I've buried too many people. Some I knew, most I didn't. Jenny is the first one I've loved."

Cordelia: "What?"
Giles: "I'm sorry... your hair..."
Cordelia: "There's something wrong with my hair! Omigod!" (leaves the room)
Giles: "Xander was right. It worked like a charm." -The Puppet Show

Buffy: "It's not noise. It's music."
Giles: "I know music. Music has notes. This is noise."
Buffy: "I'm aerobicizing. I must have a beat."
Giles: "Wonderful. You work on your muscle tone while my brains dribble out my ears. -The Dark Age

Xander: "See, this is a school, and we have students and they check out books and they learn things."
Giles: "I was beginning to suspect that was just a myth." -Never Kill a Boy on the First Date

Giles: "Ms Calendar, I'm sure that your computer-science class is fascinating but I happen to believe that one can function in modern society without being a slave to the idiot box.
Jenny: "That's TV. The idiot box is the TV. This is a good box."
Giles: "Well I still prefer a good book." -I Robot, You Jane

Giles: Do you know, I don't ever recall seeing you here (in the library) before."
Cordelia; "Oh, no. I have a life." -Out of Mind, Out of Sight




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