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    • Among Richard's stage work is Simon Gray's Otherwise Engaged at the Criterion in 2005.

    • In 2002, Richard won a SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by the Cast of a Theatrical Motion Picture for Gosford Park.

    • Richard contributed a Doodle to the National Doodle Campaign, which auctions off celebrity doodles for charity.

    • In December 2007, Richard appeared as one of the guests in Heston Blumenthal's Perfect Christmas Dinner.

    • In November 2007, Richard went to a school in Harrow to open a new performing arts centre, and to give a talk, with Questions and Answers, about his acting career.

    • After his parents split up, his father, while drunk, tried to shoot Richard, but fortunately missed.

    • Richard does not drink alcohol, tea or coffee or eat dairy products.

    • Richard has published the non-fiction works The Wah-Wah Diaries: The Making of a Film in 2006, With Nails: The Film Diaries of Richard E. Grant in 1997 and his first fictional work published was By Design in 1999.

    • As well as his own book, The Wah Wah Diaries, Richard has also read the following for audio releases: Dracula by Bran Stoker, The Wedding Officer by Anthony Capella, Enduring Love by Ian McEwan, The Giraffe, the Pelly and Me and George's Mervellous Medicine by Roald Dahl, and finally The Pillars of the Earth and World Without End both by Ken Follett.

    • Richard E. Grant voiced Doctor Who in an animated online series produced by the BBC in 2003. Grant, however, is not the ninth Doctor in the continuity of the long-running BBC series. Richard also played The Doctor, again non-canon for a Children in Need special in 1999, entitled The Curse of Fatal Death.

  • Quotes

    • (on the reality of his father's funeral compare to how he presented in in his film "Wah-Wah")
      Richard: There was a young priest who had just come back from an evangelical course in America, he jumped into my father's grave, undid the lid and tried to raise him from the dead. And then he had to be consoled and hauled out of the grave because he somehow felt his faith had been not rewarded by a resurrection there and then. It was so bizarre, a Monty Python meets Joe Orton moment. We previewed the film when the editing money ran out, and without exception the response was 'this is too bizarre'. It may be have really happened but I had to cut it out and make it a straight, conventional funeral.

    • (on his relief that his daughter is studying writing not drama)
      Richard: I'd much rather she wrote than she acted: this profession is very hard on the self-confidence. She has that gift that writers have of hearing the voices of her characters and being happy in their company.

    • (on his love of classical music)
      Richard: My parents had a large classical music record collection and played a lot of Beethoven. The loud and dramatic sections were perfect for a revved up 8 year old to identify with. I was taken to see AIDA in Rome when I was 12 and have been an opera lover ever since.

    • (on his approach to playing "Doctor Who" in "The Scream of the Shalka")
      Richard: I think I must be the only actor who's never seen Doctor Who, or read it. I'm completely a virgin to it so I don't know whether that's a disadvantage or an advantage - that will be for other people to decide. It's struck me that it's Sherlock Holmes in outer space. That's what it seems to be like. I don't know whether that's accurate or inaccurate, but you just follow the script.

    • (on his determination to succeed as an actor)
      Richard: No-one believed it was possible to become a professional actor where I grew up. The more people mocked and knocked me for wanting to do so, the more determined I became to prove them wrong. It is a profession marked by the number of times you get rejected, but my English teacher at school always believed in me, and her belief has been the small voice in my head that has kept me going. Most especially through 1985 when I was unemployed for 11 months and thought I never had a chance. Then I got the lead role in Withnail and I, which changed my life. Never give up.

    • (on the class system in English society)
      Richard: The class system is one of the great sources of comedy and tragedy in English life. It's unimaginable for it to be taken away. It's so ingrained in everything. Oh, the borders have blurred, hugely, as there are so many dot-com billionaires running around all over the place. But essentially it's so deep in the English psyche that I can't see that ever disappearing.

    • Richard: A connection between actors and politicians? I have two names for you to conjure -- Ronald Reagan and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Actors? No. Politicians? You bet!

    • (while playing Henry Higgins in "Pygmalion" on stage in Australia, 2008)
      Richard: In one sense Henry Higgins had a very narrow idea that there was only one way to speak the English language, which was his way. That's obviously disproved, in that everyone can speak English wherever you live, and however you speak is legitimate. But (in Britain) I think that where people go to school or how they speak, whether posh, middle or lower, has a huge impact on what kind of job you get.

    • Richard: Being a father to my daughter Olivia, who is now 13, is the most profound and rewarding love any human could wish for.

    • Richard: Ensure that your script is watertight. If it's not on the page, it will never magically appear on the screen.

    • Richard: Get the best catering your budget can afford--a well-fed cast and crew are all the happier for it.

    • Richard: I am drawn to writing and directing as it is most like the feeling I had when I was a teenager with my puppet theatre. You are more in control of everything and involved in every aspect of production, so more challenged and fulfilled.

    • Richard: When I first started to pitch Wah-Wah I was an unknown quantity: I had no track record to prove myself as a director to any actor or financier. My work outside acting had consisted solely of my film diaries and my novel, By Design. It was difficult trying to get people to take me seriously.

    • Richard: I have worked with Robert Altman on The Player, Pret A Porter and Gosford Park and found him the best director. He is the most collaborative, open, generous and anarchic good-guy you are likely to encounter.

    • Richard: My father died prematurely at the age of 52 when I was 24, and it is a recurring regret that he never lived to see me succeed beyond university and drama.

    • Richard: The Spicers were as sassy, irreverent and likeable as you'd wish -- way before anorexia, bulimia, marriage, divorce and real life kicked in!

    • Richard: The UK film industry is like every film industry outside the USA-a colonial outpost. Despite an incredible roster of British actors, directors, writers and technicians, it is hostage to the whim of the American market and our own governmental disdain.

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