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Date of Birth 2 June 1960London, England, UK
Nickname Rich
Height 6' (1.83 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Richard Pettyfer was born in London on 2nd June 1960. The family moved to Hertfordshire in 1964. He is the son of Rita M. (Spooner) and Arthur Alexander Pettyfer. His father, who was born in Australia to English parents, died in 1988. He has one sister, Anna, who has six children; Nathan, Dean, Jamie, Joshua, Jessica and Ben.

He has duel nationality, British/Australian. He played rugby and cricket for the county and rugby for England schools, was the county canoing champion and studied karate for many years. He played percussion in the National Youth Orchestra and sang as a choirboy in Worcester cathedral. He moved to London and went to the Arts Educational Drama School for three years, winning the most promising student award. In his year at drama school were Martin Clunes,Caroline Quinten and Maria Freedman.

He is an RFU qualified rugby coach and rugby fanatic and a lifelong fan of Harlequins RFC. He speaks fluent Italian and has done shows in both French and German.

He is the father of film actor Alex Pettyfer, of whom he is immensely proud. He has worked for over thirty years on TV and in the West End theatre appearing in more than 30 West End shows as well as stints with the Royal Shakespeare Company, The Royal National Theatre and The New Shakespeare Company at Regents Park Open Air Theatre, appearing with Millicent Martin and Topol. He was awarded the 'Gypsy Robe' (awarded to the person in a new company who has performed in the most West End and Broadway shows), during his stint at the Royal National Theatre in 'South Pacific'.

He has been privileged to work with too many creative greats to mention, but a few would be, Sam Mendies, Jerome Robbins, Leonard Bernstein, Artur Laurents, Bob Fosse, Neil Simon, Marvin Hamlisch, Don Black, Trevor Nunn, Lord Lloyd Webber, Benny and Bjorn (Abba), to name but a few. He started out doing TV as a dancer/singer and appeared for eighteen years in such TV shows as The Two Ronnies, The Mike Yarwood series, The Paul Daniels series, The Michael Barrymore series, The Lena Zavaroni series, The Seaside Specials series, Arrivals 1&2, Top Of The Pops (in a group called Zoo), The Stanley Baxter series, Miss World (3times), The Bruce Forsyth show, Stephensons Rocket and nine Royal Variety Shows. Latterly as a straight actor he has appeared in The Blurring Between (A short film), The BBC/HBO co-production of Stuart A Life Backwards, The BBC production of Bleak House (2 episodes), and the channel 4 show The IT Crowd. He has featured in more than twenty TV commercials and I-dents as well as pop videos with among others, Diana Ross and Elton John.

He has also directed productions of Me And My Girl, Jesus Christ Superstar and choreographed and co-directed the recent national tour of That's Amore.

Richard also appears on more than twenty recordings of cast albums.

He is frequently stopped in the street by people who think he is 'Doctor House', because of his uncanny resemblance to the actor Hugh Laurie.

He has one ambition yet to fulfill and that's to work with his son Alex.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: anon.

Spouse (1)

Lee Ireland (? - ?) (divorced) (1 child)

Trivia (6)

Father of actor Alex Pettyfer.
Speaks fluent Italian.
A rugby fanatic, qualified RFU coach and a lifelong Harlequins fan.
Favorite screen actor is Steve McQueen.

Was a Hugo Boss model in the 80's.
Currently filming Bleak House for the BBC. [June 2005]
After a six month sabbatical, living in Spain, is working on future TV projects for 2010. [January 2010]

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