Skipp had played the character of Tony Archer for 46 years (1967–2013), on the date of his retirement, making him the seventh longest continuously serving radio soap actor. He decided to retire after having several heart attacks and major heart surgery. The role was taken over in January 2014 by the actor David Troughton.
In 2004, he directed the stage play The Sound of Julie at the Charles Cryer Theatre, Carshalton, a dramatisation of the life of actress Julie Andrews. Skipp's daughter, Nova, was in the title role.
On 21 November 2019, the BBC's social media accounts for The Archers announced that Skipp had died, he was 80 years old. His former co-star Pat Gallimore, who plays Tony's wife Pat, called him "a good friend and generous colleague", and said "Colin was a very fine actor who brought truth and integrity to the role of Tony."
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- Paul Bentley (2014-01-03). "Archers veteran takes final bow: Actor Colin Skipp is to hang up his muddy wellies in Ambridge". Dailymail. Retrieved 2014-01-19.
- Gareth Foreman (2004-06-10). "In the footsteps of Mary Poppins". This is Local London.
- @BBCTheArchers (21 November 2019). "We are sad to learn of the death of our friend Colin Skipp, who played Tony Archer for over forty years from 1967-2013. He will be greatly missed" (Tweet). Retrieved 21 November 2019 – via Twitter.
- "Patricia Gallimore and Colin Skipp discuss the characters Pat and Tony Archer". BBC Radio 4. 2011-01-19.
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