Richard Briers Biography (1934-)

Born January 14, 1934, in Merton, Surrey, England; son of Joseph Benjamin andMorna Phyllis (maiden name, Richardson) Briers; married Anne Davies, 1958; children: Lucy (an actress).

Nationality
British
Gender
Male
Occupation
Actor
Birth Details
January 14, 1934
Merton, Surrey, England

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • Film Appearances
  • Popeye, Girl at Sea, Associated British, 1958
  • Colburne, Bottoms Up, Associated British, 1960
  • Mrs. Binster, Murder, She Said (also known as Meet Miss Marple), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1961
  • Jameison, A Matter of Who, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1961
  • Eustace Hignett, The Girl on the Boat, Knightsbridge, 1962
  • (Uncredited) Meteorological official, The V.I.P.s (also known as International Hotel), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1963
  • Medical student, Doctor in Distress, 1963
  • Husband, A Home of Your Own, 1964
  • Tomkins, The Bargee, Associated British/Warner Bros., 1964
  • Flight lieutenant Timothy Webb, Fathom, 1967
  • It's Your Move, 1969
  • Nigel Hadfield, All the Way Up, Granada/Anglo Amalgamated, 1970
  • Miles Gannet, Rentadick, Virgin, 1972
  • Voice, Great, 1975
  • Voice of Fiver, Watership Down (also known as Richard Adams' Watership Down; animated), Avco-Embassy, 1978
  • Ted Washbrook, A Chorus of Disapproval, South Gate Embassy, 1988
  • Bardolph, Henry V, Samuel Goldwyn, 1989
  • Lord Morton (Peter's father), Peter's Friends, 1992
  • Nikita, Swan Song, 1992
  • Seigneur Leonato, governor of Messina, Much Ado about Nothing, 1993
  • Grandfather, Frankenstein (also known as Mary Shelley's Frankenstein), 1994
  • Old Arthur/George, Skallagrigg, 1994
  • Henry Wakefield (Claudius, the Ghost, and the Player King), In the Bleak Midwinter (also known as A Midwinter's Tale), 1995
  • Polonius, Hamlet (also known as William Shakespeare's Hamlet), Columbia/Sony Pictures Entertainment, 1996
  • Bishop, Spice World, Sony Pictures Entertainment, 1997
  • Nathaniel, Love's Labour's Lost (also known as Peines d'amour perdues), Miramax, 2000
  • Unconditional Love, New Line Cinema, 2001
  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Roger Thursby, Brothers in Law, 1962
  • George Starling, Marriage Lines, 1963
  • Charles Jackson, Birds on the Wing, 1971
  • Narrator, Roobarb and Custard, 1974
  • Tom Good, The Good Life (also known as Good Neighbors), BBC, 1975, then PBS, 1980
  • Narrator, Noah and Nelly on the Skylark, 1976
  • Ralph, The Other One, 1977
  • Travis Kent, Goodbye, Mr. Kent, 1982
  • Martin Bryce, Ever Decreasing Circles, BBC1, 1984
  • Reverend Philip Lambe, All in Good Faith, 1985
  • Mr. Bean, ITV, 1990
  • Godfrey Spry, If You See God, Tell Him, 1993
  • Tony, Down to Earth, 1994
  • Voice of Captain Broom, Watership Down, 1999
  • Hector Nathan MacDonald, Monarch of the Glen, 2000
  • Movies
  • The husband, It's Your Move, 1982
  • The rector, The Aerorome, BBC, 1983
  • Colonel Caplan, Minder: An Officer and a Car Salesman, 1988
  • Dr. Corbitt, The Student Prince, 1997
  • Himself, Funny Women, 1998
  • Miniseries
  • Narrator, Geoff Hamilton: A Man and His Garden, 1998
  • Himself, Laughter in the House: The Story of British Sitcom, 1999
  • Specials
  • Murder Club (also known as Armchair Theatre: Murder Club),1961
  • Reg, The Norman Conquests: Table Manners, Thames, then PBS, 1978
  • Reg, The Norman Conquests: Round and Round the Garden, Thames, then PBS, 1978
  • Reg, Sarah's husband, The Norman Conquests: Living Together, 1978
  • Voice of Rat, Mole's Christmas, The Disney Channel, 1995
  • The Honorable Galahad Threepwood, Heavy Weather, PBS, 1995
  • Sir Charles Fairley, A Respectable Trade, PBS, 1998
  • The Prince of Hearts, PBS, 1998
  • Himself, The Nearly Complete and Utter History of Everything, 1999
  • Episodic
  • Narrator, "Snow White 2," The Goodies, 1981
  • Chief caretaker, "Paradise Towers," Doctor Who, 1987
  • "The Verger," Tales of the Unexpected, 1988
  • Raymond Doncaster, "Never Judge a Book by Its Cover," Lovejoy, 1993
  • Himself, Clive Anderson Talks Back, 1995
  • Sir Clixby Bream, "Death Is Now My Neighbour," Inspector Morse, PBS, 1998
  • Reverend Stephen Wentworth, "Death's Shadow," Midsomer Murders, Arts and Entertainment, 1999
  • Stage Appearances
  • (London debut) Joseph Field, Gilt and Ginger-Bread, Duke of York's Theatre, London, 1958
  • Bill, "Special Providence," Double Yorke, St. Martin's Theatre, London, 1960
  • Christian Martin, It's in the Bag, Duke of York's Theatre,1960
  • Bartholomeus II, The Shepherd's Chameleon, and Detective, Victims of Duty (double-bill), Arts Theatre, London, 1960
  • James Whinby, "The Form," and the Tramp, "A Slight Ache," Three (triple-bill), Arts Theatre, then Criterion, London, 1961
  • David Madison, Miss Pell Is Missing, Criterion, 1962
  • Lieutenant William Hargreaves, Hamp, Edinburgh Festival, Lyceum, 1964
  • Roland Maule, Present Laughter, Queen's Theatre, London, 1965
  • Mortimer Brewster, Arsenic and Old Lace, Vaudeville Theatre, London, 1966
  • Greg, Relatively Speaking, Duke of York's Theatre, London, 1967
  • William Falder, Justice, St. Martin's Theatre, 1968
  • Moon, The Real Inspector Hound, Criterion, 1968
  • Bois d'Enghein, Cat among the Pigeons, Prince of Wales Theatre, London, 1969
  • Five roles, The Two of Us, Garrick Theatre, 1970
  • Title role, Butley, Criterion Theatre, 1972
  • Sidney Hopcroft, Absurd Person Singular, Criterion, 1973
  • Colin, Absent Friends, Garrick Theatre, 1975
  • Colin, Middle-Age-Spread, Lyric Theatre, London, 1979
  • Captain Bluntschli, Arms and the Man, Lyric Theatre, 1981
  • John Smith, Run for Your Wife, Shaftesbury Theatre, London, 1983
  • John Bailey, Why Me?, Strand Theatre, London, 1985
  • Lord Foppington, The Relapse, Chichester Festival Theatre, Chichester, England, 1986
  • Malvolio, Twelfth Night, Renaissance Theatre Company, Riverside Studio Theatre, London, 1987-88
  • Title role, King Lear, Renaissance Theatre Company, Mark Taper Forum, Los Angeles, 1990, then Dominion Theatre, London, 1990
  • Bottom, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Renaissance Theatre Company, Mark Taper Forum, 1990, then Dominion Theatre, 1990
  • The old man, The Chairs, John Golden Theatre, New York City, 1998
  • Also appeared as the Dame, Babes in the Wood.
  • Major Tours
  • Blisworth, Something about a Sailor, U.K. cities, 1957
  • Joseph Field, Gilt and Ginger-Bread, U.K. cities, 1958
  • Gerald Popkiss, Rookery Nook, U.K. cities, 1964
  • Richard, Richard III, U.K. cities, 1972
  • Title role, King Lear, Renaissance Theatre Company, internationalcities, 1990
  • Bottom, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Renaissance Theatre Company, international cities, 1990
  • Radio Appearances
  • Appeared as Roger Thursby, Brothers in Law; and George Starling, Marriage Lines.
  • RECORDINGS
  • Taped Readings
  • (With others) Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats, Penguin Audiobooks, 1997

Further Reference

SIDELIGHTS

  • Favorite roles: January 23, 1990. Sidney Hopcroft in Absurd Person Singular and the title role in Butley.
OTHER SOURCES
    Periodicals
    • Hollywood Reporter,
    • Sunday Times July 29, 1990. (London),

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