Anthony Quinlan was born in Salford, Manchester, on October 16, 1984. He abandoned his A Levels to pursue an acting career, getting his first job, in 2005, playing barman Gilly Roach in Hollyoaks. He left the show six years later, and was earning a living driving a van when he was offered the role of Pete Barton in Emmerdale in December 2013. Anthony has also starred in the drama, Paper and Plastic (2013).