Richard Briers

Richard Briers


1/14/1934, Merton Surrey England ,UK

Birth Name

Richard David Briers


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Richard David Briers was born on 14 January 1934 in Raynes Park, London. His father Joe drifted from job to job, having about 80 over the course of his life. His mother Morna was a talented pianist who had unfulfilled ambitions of being in show business but instead…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • In August 2008, Richard became patron of the Nottingham drama school and agency, Rama Young Actors.

    • Richard Briers contributed a Doodle to the National Doodle Campaign, which auctions off celebrity doodles for charity (The Neurofibromatosis Association).

    • Richard Briers joined Kenneth Branagh's Renaissance Theatre Company in 1987.

    • Richard Briers belongs to the Irving Society, an appreciation community for Henry Irving.

    • Richard Briers' favourite book is Great Expectations by Charles Dickens.

    • Richard Briers was awarded the C.B.E. (Commander of the order of the British Empire) in the 2003 Queen's Birthday Honours List.

    • Richard Briers won the Magnolia Award for Best Actor for Dad at the Shanghai International TV Festival in 2005.

    • Richard Briers made his West End debut in 1958 in a production of Gilt and Gingerbread.

    • At the end of his time at RADA Richard Briers won the Silver Medal and a scholarship with the Liverpool Repertory Company.

    • Richard Briers served in the RAF for two years as part of his National Service, as a filing clerk.

    • Richard Briers made his television debut in the television play The Murder Club in 1961.

    • Richard Briers was nominated for a BAFTA for Best Light Entertainment Performance in 1977 for The Good Life, it was won by his co-star Penelope Keith.

    • Richard Briers is a member of the RADA (Royal Academy of Dramatic Art) Council.

    • Richard Briers was nominated for Broadway's 1998 Tony Award as best actor (play) for Eugene Ionesco's The Chairs.. The same role also earned him a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Play.

    • Richard Briers is 5'10" (1.78 m) tall.

    • Richard Briers 'second cousin was the famous comic actor Terry-Thomas who was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 1971, due to this Richard became President of the Parkinson's Disease Society.

    • Richard Briers was awarded an O.B.E. (Officer of the order of the British Empire) in 1989.

  • Quotes

    • Richard Briers: Kenneth [Brannagh] offered me Malvolio in his production of Twelfth Night at the very time I had decided to expand my career when I realised I had gone as far as I could doing sitcoms. As soon as I worked with him, I thought he was truly exceptional.

    • Richard Briers: I love making order out of chaos. I'm a great tidier and enjoy hoovering. I love trimming the edges of the lawn after it has been mown, which makes me sound a bit neurotic.

    • Richard Briers: I was trained as an actor and was taught voice projection and diction, but the fashion nowadays is to speak badly and make terrible noises from the back of your throat.

    • Richard Briers (About his time at RADA) I knew absolutely nothing about acting, and had to be taught everything. Some people are born naturals and know how to walk, talk and hold themselves. I didn't and had to learn everything.

    • Richard Briers: I was about eight when I started reading aloud in the kitchen because it had an echo which made me sound rather good, so the ego was already in place.

    • Richard Briers: I'm rather low-brow in my film tastes: I love Superman and Jack Nicholson. Jack's very theatrical and doesn't give a damn how much he overplays, he's an extraordinary performer. In a way one learns from him, but he's so brave, he just does it. He doesn't mumble, he gives a performance.

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