Who is The Boys actor Antony Starr and why was he arrested?

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Antony Starr plays Homelander in the Amazon Prime superhero series The Boys alongside Karl Urban and Erin Moriarty

Antony Starr is best known for playing the corrupt to evil superhero Homelander on the Amazon Prime series The Boys.

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But the actor also has several other film and television credits to his name, and several other projects in the pipeline.

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The actor was also the subject of controversy prior to the release of The Boys season 3 when he was arrested in Spain.

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Antony Starr is a lead actor in The Boys

Who is Antony Starr?

Antony Starr was born in Wellington, New Zealand in 1975 and began acting professionally when he was 20 years old.

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He is known Down Under for his dual role as twins Jethro and Van West in the New Zealand comedy crime series Outrageous Fortune which ran from 2005-2010.

He played the lead role of ex-con Lucas Hood in the American action series Banshee and Garrett Hawthorne in the mystery series American Gothic.

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In 2019, he took on the role of Homelander, the leader of a corrupt group of superheroes, in the comic book adaptation The Boys.

Homelander is a manic-narcissistic, insecure super-creature who blackmails, tortures, and kills to get what he wants.

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His film career includes starring roles as John Drean in New Zealand drama After the Waterfall and as Jeremy King in Australian mystery drama Wish You Were Here.

He is also slated to star in the upcoming horror film Cobweb and an untitled Guy Ritchie film in which he will star alongside Jake Gyllenhaal.

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Anthony Starr as Homelander in The Boys (Credit: Prime Video)

Why was Antony Starr arrested?

Starr was arrested on March 2, 2022 in Alicante, Spain, after he was drunk and assaulted a 21-year-old chef in a pub.

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It was reported that Starr hit the cook twice, resulting in his being taken to the hospital where he was given four stitches.

Starr had been in Spain filming the Guy Ritchie film when the altercation took place.

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He received a 12-month suspended sentence (all sentences under 2 years are automatically suspended in Spain unless the offender has a criminal record) for the crime of assault and had to pay the equivalent of £4,400 in damages to avoid jail time.

Speaking about the incident later that year, Starr said: “I put myself in a negative situation and reacted poorly and the way forward was very clear.

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“It was really easy to take responsibility for what I do and then really learn from it and move forward.”

The chef, Bathuel Araujo, told police he was hit twice by Starr before a glass was smashed in his face.

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Starr doesn’t need to serve time in jail as long as he doesn’t re-offend during his suspended sentence in Spain.

When is The Boys on Amazon?

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Season 3 of The Boys is currently airing on Amazon Prime Video, with new episodes being released every week.

There are eight episodes in Season 3, and Episode 5 will be available on Amazon Prime on June 17th.

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All seasons one and two are now also available on Prime.

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