Richard Wilson

Active - 1970 - 2011  |   Born - Jul 9, 1936 in Greenrock, Renfrewshire, England  |   Genres - Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Comedy Drama

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  • Was born and raised in Scotland, but lost his accent to avoid being typecast.
  • Was put off acting by his secondary school drama teacher, who said he could not speak properly; became a laboratory technician instead, but decided to attend drama school at 27.
  • Was awarded an Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1994 for his services to drama.
  • Won the TMA Best Director Award for Mr Kolpert at the Royal Court Theatre in 2000.
  • In 2010, appeared as Malvolio in Gregory Doran's adaptation of Twelfth Night at the Duke of York's Theatre.
  • In 2016, was due to reprise his most well-known role of Victor Meldrew at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, but the show was cancelled when he suffered a heart attack.
  • Is a supporter of multiple charities, including the LGBT rights charity Stonewall, the AIDS charity Terrence Higgins Trust, and Graeae, an accessible theatre company.