Knowledge Identifier: +Ian_Richardson
Category: Movies & TV
Born in 1934.
Countries: United Kingdom (68%), United States (15%), (9%)
Linked to: Royal Shakespeare Company, George Heriot's School, Tynecastle High School, University of Stirling
After a period at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre he appeared with the Royal Shakespeare Company , of which he was a founding member, from 1960 to 1975
Ronald Lacey - Lacey performed on British television throughout the 1960s and 1970s, with roles spanning from a part in Kenneth Clark's "Civilisation" television series, as the gravedigger, in a re-enactment of the gravedigger scene from "Hamlet", with Ian Richardson as Hamlet and Patrick Stewart as Horatio, to a guest shot as the "Strange Young Man" on The Avengers episode "The Joker," to a memorable turn as Harris in the sitcom "Porridge", with the latter finally landing him in the role for which his unusual physical characteris
He had earlier played Sherlock Holmes in two 1980s television versions of "The Hound of the Baskervilles" and "The Sign of Four"
He appeared on Broadway in 1981 in the original production of Edward Albee's play "Lolita", an adaptation of Vladimir Nabokov's book, but this is not regarded as having been a success
In 1987, he played a variation on this role, when he portrayed the Bishop of Motopo in the non-musical telefilm "Monsignor Quixote", based on Graham Greene's modernized take on the Quixote story
He received another BAFTA film nomination for his role as Falkland Islands governor Sir Rex Hunt in the 1992 film "An Ungentlemanly Act", and played another corrupt politician, Michael Spearpoint, British Director of the European Economic Community in the ambitious satirical series "The Gravy Train" and "The Gravy Train Goes East"
Dame Helen Mirren dedicated her 2006 Best Actress BAFTA award for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II in the film "The Queen" to Ian Richardson