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 school, and during his time there he became Head Boy.
He attended Oxford University, and got a First in English Language and Literature. It was here he met Rowan Atkinson
, and the first of his many career collaborations was begun.
Richard went on to write for Not the Nine O'Clock News
, Spitting Image
, Mr. Bean
and The Vicar of Dibley
. In addition, Richard found big screen success with Four Weddings and a Funeral
, Notting Hill
and Love Actually
In his spare time, Richard is a founding member of Comic Relief
, a major charitable fund raising organisation in the UK.
Richard is married to Emma Freud
, and has three children: James, Charles and Rachel.