After Life’s Anti has stolen the show in recent years (Picture: Netflix/@antilly_the_wonder_hound)
After Life fans have taken to the brilliant cast of the Netflix show in recent years, but it’s Tony Johnson’s (Ricky Gervais) dog Brandy who they’ve really fallen in love with.
The third and final season dropped on the streaming service this week, marking the end of fans’ time with widow Tony, who struggled to navigate his grief following the loss of his wife Lisa (Kerry Godliman).
With Tony nearly giving up hope and starting out the series with severe depression, he was gradually supported by his colleagues at the Tambury Gazette but it was someone else who ultimately saved him – his dog Brandy.
But wanting to know just how the hound got involved with the series in the first place, Metro.co.uk decided to catch up with her owner.
Ashley Foster of Stunt Dogs and Animals looks after Brandy – real name Anti – from day-to-day, as well as accompanying her on all her jobs.
He revealed fans will soon get to see Anti elsewhere, as she’s had a very busy filming schedule in recent months.
Anti stars as Brandy, who helps Tony through his initial struggles with grief (Picture: Netflix)
Ashley told us: ‘She’s got loads of stuff coming up, she’s going to be in the new Dungeons and Dragons – we went to Northern Ireland film that last summer.
‘She’s also in Sherwood, that’s coming out soon, as a police dog and she’s just been in Landscapers and Ragdoll, again as a police dog.
‘She does a lot of police and sniffer dog work, Midsomer Murders and everything like that!’
Ricky and Anti had loads of fun on set (Picture: Instagram/antilly_the_wonder_hound)
He went on to share how Anti was cast in the series, after Ricky handpicked her himself.
Ashley revealed: ’Anti’s done a lot of work on loads of other films and TV shows before she did After Life, so when we got an email from Ricky Gervais saying he liked the look of Anti for this new Netflix show he’s doing, we arranged a meet and greet on Hampstead Heath.
‘We basically got down there met him and he walked around and we showed him all the things that she can do.
Anti was treated like a Queen the whole way through (Picture: Instagram/antilly_the_wonder_hound)
‘She goes to a mark she does all these tricks, she can take an eyeline and, he picked her there and then!’
He went on to explain how directors can get in touch directly if they spot the perfect pooch as they have profiles of all their wonderful stunt dogs on their website.
‘Ricky’s great. I mean, he loves dogs and the show was written with the dog as a main character, which is not that common in our line of work.
A lot of Anti’s work is sort of in the background, she plays police dogs, she plays army dogs and it’s not …read more
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