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Richard Briers (1934–2013)

Richard Briers was born on January 14, 1934 in Merton, Surrey, England as Richard David Briers. He was an actor, known for Much Ado About Nothing (1993), Watership Down (1978) and Peter Pan (2003). He was married to Ann Davies. He died on February 17, 2013 in London, England. See full bio »


(age 79) in London, England, UK

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 2013 Mouse and Mole at Christmas Time (TV Movie)
Mouse (voice)
 2012 Cockneys vs Zombies
 2012 Run for Your Wife
Newspaper Seller
 2010 Freds Meat (Short)
Fred (voice)
 2010 National Theatre Live: London Assurance
Mr. Adolphus Spanker
 2009 Agatha Christie's Marple (TV Series)
- Why Didn't They Ask Evans? (2009) ... Wilson
 2008 Little Whispers (Short)
 2008 Torchwood (TV Series)
- A Day in the Death (2008) ... Parker
 2008 Kingdom (TV Series)
Jim Wright
- Episode #2.2 (2008) ... Jim Wright
 2007 Holby City (TV Series)
George Woodman
- Elliot's Wonderful Life (2007) ... George Woodman
 2007 A Bucket o' French & Saunders (TV Series)
- Episode #1.1 (2007)
 2007 Gina's Laughing Gear (TV Series)
 2006 Extras (TV Series)
Richard Briers
 2006 Doctors (TV Series)
Jack Roberts
- Running Time (2006) ... Jack Roberts
 2006 New Tricks (TV Series)
James Farlow
- Old Dogs (2006) ... James Farlow
 2005 Our Hidden Lives (TV Movie)
Herbert Brush
 2005 Dad (TV Movie)
Larry James
 2005 Roobarb & Custard Too (TV Series)
Narrator / Roorbarb / Custard
- When Custard Was Grounded (2005) ... Narrator / Roorbarb / Custard (voice)
- When the Books Went Bye Bye (2005) ... Narrator / Roorbarb / Custard (voice)
- When There Was an Elephant (2005) ... Narrator / Roorbarb / Custard (voice)
- When There Was a Big Band (2005) ... Narrator / Roorbarb / Custard (voice)
- When Roobarb Found the Hieroglyphics (2005) ... Narrator / Roorbarb / Custard (voice)
 2003 London Sonnet (Short) (voice)
 2003 Peter Pan
 2002 Unconditional Love
Barry Moore
 2001 Victoria & Albert (TV Movie)
Joseph Paxton
 1998 Geoff Hamilton: A Man and His Garden (TV Mini-Series)
Narrator (voice)
 1998 A Respectable Trade (TV Mini-Series)
Sir Charles Fairley
 1997 The Prince of Hearts (TV Movie)
Dr. Corbitt
 1996 Hamlet
 1996 The Adventures of Toad (TV Movie)
Rat (voice)
 1995 The Adventures of Mole (TV Movie)
Rat (voice)
 1995 A Midwinter's Tale
Henry Wakefield (Claudius, the Ghost, and the Player King)
 1994 Mole's Christmas (TV Short)
Rat (voice)
 1994 Screen Two (TV Series)
Old Arthur / George
- Skallagrigg (1994) ... Old Arthur / George
 1993 Little Red Tractor Stories (TV Series)
Narrator (voice)
 1993 Lovejoy (TV Series)
Raymond Doncaster
- Never Judge a Book by Its Cover (1993) ... Raymond Doncaster
 1992 Swan Song (Short)
 1992 Peter's Friends
Lord Morton
 1990 Coconuts (TV Series) (voice)
 1990 Mr. Bean (TV Series)
Mr. Sprout
- Mr. Bean (1990) ... Mr. Sprout
 1989 A Chorus of Disapproval
Ted Washbrook
 1988 Tales of the Unexpected (TV Series)
Albert Dobson
- The Verger (1988) ... Albert Dobson
 1985 Alias the Jester (TV Series)
- The Viking Airship (1985) ... Alias
 1985 A Month in the Country (TV Movie)
 1983 The Aerodrome (TV Movie)
The Rector
 1983 Arms and the Man (TV Movie)
 1982 It's Your Move (TV Short)
The husband
 1981 The Goodies (TV Series)
- Special: Snow White 2 (1981) ... Narrator
 1977-1981 Play for Today (TV Series)
Jack Broome / Mr. Smythe
- PQ17 (1981) ... Jack Broome
- Our Flesh and Blood (1977) ... Mr. Smythe
 1980 Comedy Tonight (TV Movie)
 1979 ITV Playhouse (TV Series)
- Village Wooing (1979) ... A
 1978 Watership Down
Fiver (voice)
 1978 The Sunday Drama (TV Series)
- Just Between Ourselves (1978) ... Dennis
 1978 Just Between Ourselves (TV Movie)
 1977 The Morecambe & Wise Show (TV Series)
Theatre Patron
- 1977 Christmas Show (1977) ... Theatre Patron
 1977 The Norman Conquests (TV Mini-Series)
- Table Manners (1977) ... Reg
- Living Together (1977) ... Reg
 1977 The Galton & Simpson Playhouse (TV Series)
Henry Fairlane
- Swap You One of These for One of Those (1977) ... Henry Fairlane
 1976 Noah and Nelly in... SkylArk (TV Series)
- During the Time We Were There (1976) ... Narrator (voice)
- During a Stay at the Reservoir Desert (1976) ... Narrator (voice)
- During a Smashing Time (1976) ... Narrator (voice)
- During a Long Time Ago (1976) ... Narrator (voice)
- During Tea (1976) ... Narrator (voice)
 1975 Noddy (TV Series)
 1974 Late Night Drama (TV Series)
- You Don't Remember! (1974) ... Leon
 1974 ITV Sunday Night Theatre (TV Series)
- Hearty Crafty (1974) ... Ronald
 1974 Roobarb (TV Series)
- When the Tree Fell to Pieces (1974) ... Narrator (voice)
- When It Was Night (1974) ... Narrator (voice)
- When Roobarb Didn't See the Sun Come Up... (1974) ... Narrator (voice)
- When Roobarb Made a Spike (1974) ... Narrator (voice)
- When the Sun Was Just Right ... Narrator (voice)
 1973 The Three Musketeers
King Louis XIII (voice, uncredited)
 1973 Ooh La La! (TV Series)
- A Pig in a Poke (1973) ... Dufausset
 1972 Rentadick
Miles Gannet
 1971 From a Bird's Eye View (TV Series)
George Lemon
- The Hate-In (1971) ... George Lemon
 1970 All the Way Up
Nigel Hadfield
 1970 Rookery Nook (TV Movie)
Gerald Popkiss
 1970 It's Tommy Cooper (TV Series)
- Episode #1.11 (1970) ... Guest
 1969 NBC Experiment in Television (TV Series)
- Pinter People (1969) ... (voice)
 1968 The Very Merry Widow (TV Series)
- Mink to Me Only (1968) ... Michel
 1968 BBC Play of the Month (TV Series)
Sandy Tyrell
- Hay Fever (1968) ... Sandy Tyrell
 1967 Fathom
 1966 Theatre 625 (TV Series)
David Prentice
 1964 All in Good Time (Short)
The young husband
 1964 The Bargee
 1964 A Home of Your Own
The Husband
 1963 Doctor in Distress
Medical Student (uncredited)
 1960-1963 ITV Play of the Week (TV Series)
Limbeck / Tony Wallingford / Bombardier Owen
- True Love and Limbeck (1963) ... Limbeck
- The Girl in the Window (1960) ... Tony Wallingford
 1963 The V.I.P.s
Met. Official (uncredited)
 1962 BBC Sunday-Night Play (TV Series)
Edward Kinnerton / Tassell
- Both Ends Meet (1962) ... Edward Kinnerton
 1962 Dixon of Dock Green (TV Series)
Ken Tracey
- A Path Through the Jungle (1962) ... Ken Tracey
 1961 The Seven Faces of Jim (TV Series)
Ricky Groin / Lighthouse Assistant / John Frobisher
- The Face of Enthusiasm (1961) ... Ricky Groin
- The Face of Guilt (1961) ... Lighthouse Assistant
- The Face of Duty (1961) ... John Frobisher
 1961 Armchair Theatre (TV Series)
Stanley Frelaine
- Murder Club (1961) ... Stanley Frelaine
 1961 A Matter of WHO
 1961 Murder She Said
'Mrs. Binster'
 1961 Harpers West One (TV Series)
Patrick Wainwright
- Episode #1.4 (1961) ... Patrick Wainwright
 1961 The Girl on the Boat
Eustace Hignett
 1960 Bottoms Up
 1958-1960 ITV Television Playhouse (TV Series)
Charlie Wilson / Dickie Wetherby
- Fiddlers Four (1960)
- Ticket for Tomorrow (1959) ... Charlie Wilson
 1958 Girls at Sea
'Popeye' Lewis
 1956 She Stoops to Conquer (TV Movie)
2nd Servant
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Other Works:

He acted in Ray Cooney's play, "Run for Your Wife," at the Shaftesbury Theatre in London, England with Bernard Cribbins, Royce Mills, Bill Pertwee, Helen Gill, and Carol Hawkins in the cast. Ray Cooney was also director. See more »

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Alternate Names:

R. Briers


5' 10" (1.78 m)

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Personal Quote:

I'm not a great fan of Tom Good as a character. He was selfish, he was always on the touch with Margo and Jerry, always eating their food, drinking their drink. It was just him - "My BIG idea". Most of the parts I've played aren't that likable, which is very odd, because I've made a living by being likable. See more »


He was nominated for Broadway's 1998 Tony Award as best actor in a play for his performance of Eugène Ionesco's in "The Chairs.". See more »



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