Richard has spent 15 years working with students and doctors in most of the teaching hospitals throughout Britain, as a professional medical role-player. He has been the subject of a BBC radio documentary about simulated patient work. He has just finished a three year tour playing Lance Corporal Jones in Dad’s Army, Le Clerc in ‘Allo ‘Allo and Blanco in Porridge. Richard can currently be seen in Sam Taylor-Wood’s film of John Lennon, The Nowhere Boy.
He was born and educated in Liverpool where he first studied art and design at the College of Art with fellow student and friend John Lennon. After a career in publishing, advertising and higher education, Richard joined Victoria Theatre, Stoke as a professional actor in 1975.
Recent TV credits include: Grandad Gadney in Lilies; Mr.Wesson in Eastenders; Reg Smith in Doctors; Doug Palmer in Mersey Beat; David Jones in Holby City; and Mr. Small in Stephen Poliakoff’s Perfect Strangers.
Theatre work includes: Henry Hobson in Hobson’s Choice; Maurice in Disney’s Beauty & The Beast; Dr. Manette in A Tale of Two Cities; Archie Prest in Miss Roach’s War.
Richard has recorded over 500 radio plays for the BBC, the latest being Charles Dickens in Penny Gaffes & Angel Places, and Zhigalov in The Wedding by Anton Chekov. To the delight of his grandchildren, Richard has created voices for many cartoon characters including Dreamstone, Paddington Bear, The Adventures of Mole, The Snow Queen, Santa’s Last Christmas, Astro Farm, Bimbles Bucket, and most recently Pong Wiffy with French and Saunders.
He directed Sir Courtly Nice at the Young Vic and Swan Theatre, Stratford; Condos at the Edinburgh Festival; and was Resident Director of Sunset Boulevard at the Adelphi Theatre, London.