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Ian Richardson (I) (1934–2007)

A classical actor (and founding member in 1960 of the Royal Shakespeare Company), Richardson earned international fame as the villainous Francis Urquart in the BBC television trilogy, "House of Cards." Uttered in a cut-glass accent, the Machiavellian Prime Minister's sly "You might well think that ... I couldn't possibly comment" became a ... See full bio »

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 2006 Hogfather (TV Movie)
Death / Narrator (voice)
 2006 Twice Upon a Time
Lord Evelyn Gaylord
 2006 The Booze Cruise III: The Scattering (TV Movie)
 2005 The Booze Cruise II: The Treasure Hunt (TV Movie)
Marcus Foster
 2005 Bleak House (TV Mini-Series)
- Episode #1.15 (2005) ... Chancellor
- Episode #1.9 (2005) ... Chancellor
- Episode #1.5 (2005) ... Chancellor
- Episode #1.3 (2005) ... Chancellor
- Episode #1.1 (2005) ... Chancellor
 2005 Joyeux Noel
L'évêque anglais
 2004 Imperium: Nero (TV Movie)
 2004 Daemos Rising (Video)
 2002 Strange (TV Movie)
Canon Black
 2002 JLB: The Man Who Saw the Future (TV Movie)
 2000 The Magician's House II (TV Short)
Stephen Tyler / The Magician
 2000 Gormenghast (TV Mini-Series)
Lord Groan
- Episode #1.2 (2000) ... Lord Groan
- Episode #1.1 (2000) ... Lord Groan
 1999 The Magician's House (TV Series)
Stephen Tyler / The Magician
 1999 The King and I
The Kralahome (voice)
 1998 Alice Through the Looking Glass (TV Movie)
 1998 A Knight in Camelot (TV Movie)
 1997 Incognito
Turley (prosecutor)
 1997 Highlander (TV Series)
Max Leiner
- Sins of the Father (1997) ... Max Leiner
 1997 The Fifth Province
Dr. Drudy
 1997 A Royal Scandal (TV Movie)
 1997 B*A*P*S
 1997 The Woman in White (TV Movie)
Mr. Fairlie
 1996 The Treasure Seekers (TV Movie)
 1996 Catherine the Great (TV Movie)
 1994 Words Upon the Window Pane
Dr. Trench
 1994 A Change of Place (TV Movie)
Henri Chambertin
 1993 Dirty Weekend
 1993 Remember (TV Movie)
Philip Rawlings
 1993 Foreign Affairs (TV Movie)
 1992 An Ungentlemanly Act (TV Movie)
Governor Rex Hunt
 1992 Year of the Comet
Sir Mason Harwood
 1992 Mistress of Suspense (TV Series)
Lee Mandeville
- Under a Dark Angel's Eye (1992) ... Lee Mandeville
 1990 The Phantom of the Opera (TV Mini-Series)
- Episode #1.2 (1990) ... Cholet
- Episode #1.1 (1990) ... Cholet
 1989 Twist of Fate (TV Mini-Series)
SS-Sturmbannfuhrer Doctor Schlossberg
- Part II (1989) ... SS-Sturmbannfuhrer Doctor Schlossberg
- Part I (1989) ... SS-Sturmbannfuhrer Doctor Schlossberg
 1988 Burning Secret
Edmund's father
 1988 Troubles (TV Mini-Series)
Edward Spencer
 1988 Whoops Apocalypse
RAdm. Bendish
 1987 Cry Freedom
State Prosecutor
 1987 The Fourth Protocol
Sir Nigel Irvine
 1987 Great Performances (TV Series)
Bishop of Motopo
- Monsignor Quixote (1987) ... Bishop of Motopo
 1987 Screen Two (TV Series)
Anthony Blunt
- Blunt (1987) ... Anthony Blunt
 1985 Mozart - His Life with Music (TV Series)
Mozart's father
- Requiem (1985) ... Mozart's father
- The Theatre (1985) ... Mozart's father
- The Successful Years (1985) ... Mozart's father
- Love and Marriage (1985) ... Mozart's father
- No Vacancies (1985) ... Mozart's father
 1985 Star Quality (TV Movie)
Ray Malcolm
 1983 The Sign of Four (TV Movie)
Sherlock Holmes
 1983 Kisch Kisch (TV Movie)
 1983 Number 10 (TV Mini-Series)
James Ramsay MacDonald
 1983 Salad Days (TV Movie)
Uncle Zed
 1982 Russian Night... 1941 (TV Movie)
 1982 BBC2 Playhouse (TV Series)
- Passing Through (1982) ... Richard
 1978-1982 Play for Today (TV Series)
Inspector Anthony Arrowsmith / Michael ('Private View')
- A Cotswold Death (1982) ... Inspector Anthony Arrowsmith
- Sorry (1978) ... Michael ('Private View')
 1981 Private Schulz (TV Series)
Major Neuheim / Stanley Kemp / Gerald Melfort
- Episode #1.6 (1981) ... Stanley Kemp
- Episode #1.3 (1981) ... Gerald Melfort
 1980 Gauguin the Savage (TV Movie)
 1979 A Deadly Game (TV Movie)
 1978 Much Ado About Nothing (TV Movie)
Don John
 1973 Gawain and the Green Knight
Narrator (uncredited)
 1972 The Darwin Adventure
Capt. Fitzroy
 1969 Canterbury Tales (TV Series)
- Episode #1.1 (1969)
 1969 Plays of Today (TV Series)
The Son
- A Voyage Round My Father (1969) ... The Son
 1968 All's Well That Ends Well (TV Movie)
 1967 The Revenue Men (TV Series)
- A Man Takes a Drink (1967) ... Constable
 1963 As You Like It (TV Movie)
Le Beau
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He acted in William Shakespeare's play, "The Merry Wives of Windsor," in a Royal Shakespeare Company production at the Aldwych Theatre in London, England with Brewster Mason, Elizabeth Spriggs, Brenda Bruce, Lila Kaye, Roger Rees, Emrys James, Derek Smith, and Ron Daniels in the cast. Terry Hands was director. See more »

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He was awarded the CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in the 1989 Queen's New Year Honours List for his services to drama. See more »


Often played sneaky, untrustworthy characters, usually calculating plotters See more »

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