Dr Tony Gardner became a Patron of Careif in 2006. Tony is an English actor and doctor. He trained with Professor Kamaldeep Bhui (Careif’s Co-Founder) qualified as a doctor at Guy’s Hospital in 1987, then as a General Practitioner in 1993. He combined medicine and comedy during the 1990s as half of the award-winning comedy duo Struck or Die, with Dr Phil Hammond. He eventually left medicine to become an actor and is best known for his role in My Parents are Aliens, (episodes of which he also wrote) and Michael, the café owner in Jack Dee’s BBC sitcom Lead Balloon. In 2009-10 he starred in three plays directed by Sir Peter Hall. In 2011 he played Professor Tony Shales in Channel 4 series Fresh Meat, also played Lieutenant Colonel Phillip Smith in Bluestone 42, after appearing as Dan Miller MP in the BBC political comedy The Thick of It.