Richard was born in New Zealand in 1956. His Australian parents moved around a lot during Richard's childhood, and he spent time in the Philippines and Sweden. He moved to England at 11, and attended school in the UK. Richard won a scholarship to Harrow, a renowned Public…more
In 2006, Richard won 2 Emmy Awards for Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special and Outstanding Made for Television Movie in his work on The Girl in the Cafe.
In a June 2008 Poll, Richard's Four Weddings and a Funeral narrowly beat Life of Brian to be named Best British Film (by 22% to 21%).
In June 2008, Richard was one of the celebrity guests at an auction of movie memorabilia hosted by Jonathan Ross. Guests included Stephen Fry and Nick Park. It benefits the National Film and Television School.
In 2008, Richard was nominated to the Independent on Sunday's 'Happy List', for his charity work and feel good films.
Richard includes a character named Bernard (or variations thereof) in all his works ... after someone who married one of his ex-girlfriends. The Bernard in question is now a Tory MP.
Richard was inducted into the British Television Hall of Fame in 2000.
Richard's awards include:
* Writers Guild of Great Britain Comedy Lifetime Achievement Award, 1993.
* The British Independent Film Awards, The Variety Award, 2001.
* Pride of Britain Outstanding Contribution, 2005.
* Academy Fellowship, 2007.
* BAFTA/LA Humanitarian Award, 2007.
Richard's films (as writer), including Four Weddings and a Funeral, Notting Hill, Bridget Jones' Diary and The Tall Guy have grossed in excess of $1 billion internationally.
In the 1994 Honours, Richard was awarded the MBE, and in 2000 the CBE.
Richard won a Humanitas Prize, which recognise work that helps "liberate, enrich and unify society", for his film The Girl in the Cafe, about the G8 Summit and the Make Poverty History campaign in 2006.
(on why he wanted to make "The Girl in the Cafe")
Richard: Movies that engage with social and political issues are so often about things in the past. I was interested in the idea of doing something where the issue is absolutely on the table at the moment. I was trying to make people think about poverty at a relevant time.
(on why he switched from wanting to be an actor, to writing)
Richard: But I turned out to be very bland, so I would always get cast as a character from Twelfth Night called Fabian, who hides behind the hedge and doesn't have any funny lines. So I decided I would have to write my own lines.
(on the benefits of expanding the Pinewood Studios in the UK)
Richard: The practical benefits for film and television makers could be enormous, creating movies in one place -- not several locations -- and being right next to all the best film facilities.
(on his top tip for movie-making)
Richard: No matter what sort of movie you want to write, you should make sure that there are some very good bits in it (laughs). I think that's my top tip. There's a thing that Americans devised, called a WOM, which means a Word of Mouth moment.
(discussing how "Live Aid" affected him)
Richard: And I happened by odd circumstance to go to Africa and to Ethiopia at that time. Not really intending to do much, but to learn a bit. And I learned the lesson there that you don't have to be sort of sentimental about the epic nature of other people suffering. The best thing you can do is just try and do something to alleviate it.
Richard: ... there is a slightly peculiar contradiction in my life between the Comic Relief side and the comedy writing side. But I can explain that. What we do on Red Nose Day is make things as funny as we can so that people can see the other side to all the sadness we show. I suppose what we are fighting for is that everyone should have the privilege of leading a happy life and being able to laugh like the rest of us instead of being worried that their husband is going to beat them up or they are going to die of a mosquito bite.
(on how he feels about "The Girl in the Cafe)
Richard: ... it is the film I've been involved in of which I'm most proud and I hope that one day very soon, real reality will catch up, and our generation - that has the resources and knowledge to end extreme poverty - will do just that.
Richard: You won't find many people who've had an easier ride in movies than I.
Richard: I like to work with people who are fond of me, who really know me.