Ian Richardson (I) (1934–2007)


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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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From Hell Sir Charles Warren
(2001)
House of Cards Francis Urquhart
(1990)
Dark City Mr Book
(1998)
Brazil Mr. Warrenn
(1985)

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 2007 Becoming Jane
Judge Langlois
 2006 Hogfather (TV Movie)
Death / Narrator (voice)
 2006 Twice Upon a Time
Lord Evelyn Gaylord
 2006 The Booze Cruise III: The Scattering (TV Movie)
Marcus
 2005 The Booze Cruise II: The Treasure Hunt (TV Movie)
Marcus Foster
 2005 Bleak House (TV Mini Series)
Chancellor
- 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 Marple (TV Series)
Conway Jefferson
- Agatha Christie's Marple (2004) ... Conway Jefferson
 2004 Nero (TV Movie)
Septimus
 2004 Dæmos Rising (Video)
Narrator
 2002-2003 Strange (TV Mini Series)
Canon Adolphus Black
- Asmoth (2003) ... Canon Adolphus Black
- Dubik (2003) ... Canon Adolphus Black
- Incubus (2003) ... Canon Adolphus Black
- Costa Burra (2003) ... Canon Adolphus Black
- Kaa-Jinn (2003) ... Canon Adolphus Black
 2002 JLB: The Man Who Saw the Future (TV Movie)
Narrator
 2000-2001 Murder Rooms: Mysteries of the Real Sherlock Holmes (TV Mini Series)
Dr. Joseph Bell
- The White Knight Stratagem (2001) ... Dr. Joseph Bell
- The Kingdom of Bones (2001) ... Dr. Joseph Bell
- The Photographer's Chair (2001) ... Dr. Joseph Bell
- The Patient's Eyes (2001) ... Dr. Joseph Bell
- The Dark Beginnings of Sherlock Holmes: Part 1 (2000) ... Dr. Joseph Bell
 2001 From Hell
Sir Charles Warren
 2000 The Magician's House II (TV Series)
Stephen Tyler / The Magician
- Episode #1.6 (2000) ... Stephen Tyler / The Magician
- Episode #1.4 (2000) ... Stephen Tyler / The Magician
- Episode #1.1 (2000) ... Stephen Tyler / The Magician
- Episode #1.5 (2000) ... Stephen Tyler / The Magician
- Episode #1.3 (2000) ... Stephen Tyler / The Magician
 2000 102 Dalmatians
Mr. Torte
 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
- Episode #1.1 (1999) ... Stephen Tyler
- Episode #1.6 ... Stephen Tyler / The Magician
- Episode #1.5 ... Stephen Tyler / The Magician
- Episode #1.4 ... Stephen Tyler / The Magician
- Episode #1.3 ... Stephen Tyler / The Magician
 1999 The King and I
The Kralahome (voice)
 1998 Alice Through the Looking Glass (TV Movie)
Wasp
 1998 The Wonderful World of Disney (TV Series)
Merlin
- A Knight in Camelot (1998) ... Merlin
 1998 Dark City
Mr Book
 1997 The Woman in White (TV Movie)
Mr. Fairlie
 1997 The Canterville Ghost (TV Movie)
Simon de Canterville
 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)
Narrator
 1997 B*A*P*S
Manley
 1996 The Great War: 1914-1918 (TV Mini Series documentary)
General Sir Ian Hamilton / David Lloyd George / Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
- War Without End (1996) ... General Sir Ian Hamilton / David Lloyd George / Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (voice)
- Total War (1996) ... General Sir Ian Hamilton / David Lloyd George / Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (voice)
- Stalemate (1996) ... General Sir Ian Hamilton / David Lloyd George / Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (voice)
- Hatred and Hunger (1996) ... General Sir Ian Hamilton / David Lloyd George / Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (voice)
 1996 The Treasure Seekers (TV Movie)
Haig
 1995 Savage Play
Count
 1995 The Final Cut (TV Mini Series)
Francis Urquhart
- Episode #1.4 (1995) ... Francis Urquhart
- Episode #1.3 (1995) ... Francis Urquhart
- Episode #1.2 (1995) ... Francis Urquhart
- Episode #1.1 (1995) ... Francis Urquhart
 1995 Catherine the Great (TV Movie)
Vorontzov
 1994 Words Upon the Window Pane
Dr. Trench
 1994 A Change of Place (TV Movie)
Henri Chambertin
 1993 To Play the King (TV Mini Series)
Francis Urquhart
- Episode #1.4 (1993) ... Francis Urquhart
- Episode #1.3 (1993) ... Francis Urquhart
- Episode #1.2 (1993) ... Francis Urquhart
- Episode #1.1 (1993) ... Francis Urquhart
 1993 Dirty Weekend
Nimrod
 1993 Remember (TV Movie)
Philip Rawlings
 1993 M. Butterfly
Ambassador Toulon
 1993 Foreign Affairs (TV Movie)
Edwin
 1992 An Ungentlemanly Act (TV Movie)
Governor Rex Hunt
 1992 Year of the Comet
Sir Mason Harwood
 1991 The Gravy Train Goes East (TV Mini Series)
Michael Spearpoint
- Episode #1.4 (1991) ... Michael Spearpoint
- Episode #1.3 (1991) ... Michael Spearpoint
- Episode #1.2 (1991) ... Michael Spearpoint
- Episode #1.1 (1991) ... Michael Spearpoint
 1990 House of Cards (TV Mini Series)
Francis Urquhart
- Episode #1.4 (1990) ... Francis Urquhart
- Episode #1.3 (1990) ... Francis Urquhart
- Episode #1.2 (1990) ... Francis Urquhart
- Episode #1.1 (1990) ... Francis Urquhart
 1990 Chillers (TV Series)
Lee Mandeville
- Under a Dark Angel's Eye (1990) ... Lee Mandeville
 1990 The Gravy Train (TV Mini Series)
Spearpoint
- Episode #1.4 (1990) ... Spearpoint
- Episode #1.3 (1990) ... Spearpoint
- Episode #1.2 (1990) ... Spearpoint
- Episode #1.1 (1990) ... Spearpoint
 1990 King of the Wind
Bey of Tunis
 1990 The Phantom of the Opera (TV Mini Series)
Alain Choleti
- Episode #1.2 (1990) ... Alain Choleti
- Episode #1.1 (1990) ... Alain Choleti
 1990 The Plot to Kill Hitler (TV Movie)
Gen. Beck
 1987-1989 Theatre Night (TV Series)
Sir Robert Morton, KC / General Burgoyne
- The Winslow Boy (1989) ... Sir Robert Morton, KC
- The Devil's Disciple (1987) ... General Burgoyne
 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
- Episode #1.2 (1988) ... Edward Spencer
- Episode #1.1 (1988) ... Edward Spencer
 1987 Cry Freedom
State Prosecutor
 1987 Porterhouse Blue (TV Mini Series)
Sir Godber Evans
- Episode #1.4 (1987) ... Sir Godber Evans
- Episode #1.3 (1987) ... Sir Godber Evans
- Episode #1.2 (1987) ... Sir Godber Evans
- Episode #1.1 (1987) ... Sir Godber Evans
 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
 1986 Whoops Apocalypse
RAdm. Bendish
 1986 Masterpiece Theatre: Lord Mountbatten - The Last Viceroy (TV Mini Series)
Nehru
- Episode #1.6 (1986) ... Nehru
- Episode #1.5 (1986) ... Nehru
- Episode #1.4 (1986) ... Nehru
- Episode #1.3 (1986) ... Nehru
- Episode #1.2 (1986) ... Nehru
 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
 1985 Brazil
Mr. Warrenn
 1984 Six Centuries of Verse (TV Series)
Reader / Performer
- Medieval to Elizabethan 1400-1600 (1984) ... Reader
- Chaucer 1340-1400 (1984) ... Performer
 1984 Mistral's Daughter (TV Mini Series)
Adrien Avigdor
- Episode #1.7 (1984) ... Adrien Avigdor
- Episode #1.3 (1984) ... Adrien Avigdor
- Episode #1.2 (1984) ... Adrien Avigdor
- Episode #1.1 (1984) ... Adrien Avigdor
 1984 Brass (TV Series)
Marshall Snelgrove QC
- Episode #2.11 (1984) ... Marshall Snelgrove QC
- Episode #2.10 (1984) ... Marshall Snelgrove QC
 1984 The Master of Ballantrae (TV Movie)
Mr. MacKellar
 1983 The Sign of Four (TV Movie)
Sherlock Holmes
 1983 The Hound of the Baskervilles (TV Movie)
Sherlock Holmes
 1983 Kisch Kisch (TV Movie)
David
 1983 Number 10 (TV Mini Series)
James Ramsay MacDonald
- Underdog (1983) ... James Ramsay MacDonald
 1983 Salad Days (TV Movie)
Uncle Zed
 1982 Beauty and the Beast (TV Movie)
Father
 1982 Russian Night... 1941 (TV Movie)
Tveritinov
 1982 The Woman in White (TV Mini Series)
Frederick Fairlie
- Episode #1.5 (1982) ... Frederick Fairlie
- Episode #1.4 (1982) ... Frederick Fairlie
- Episode #1.3 (1982) ... Frederick Fairlie
- Episode #1.2 (1982) ... Frederick Fairlie
- Episode #1.1 (1982) ... Frederick Fairlie
 1982 BBC2 Playhouse (TV Series)
Richard
- 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 #1.5 (1981) ... Major Neuheim
- Episode #1.4 (1981) ... Major Neuheim
- Episode #1.3 (1981) ... Gerald Melfort
- Episode #1.2 (1981) ... Major Neuheim
 1980 Ike: The War Years (TV Movie)
Field Marshall Sir Bernard Montgomery
 1980 Gauguin the Savage (TV Movie)
Degas
 1979 A Deadly Game (TV Movie)
Cuthbertson
 1979 Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (TV Mini Series)
Bill Haydon
- Flushing Out the Mole (1979) ... Bill Haydon
- Tinker Tailor (1979) ... Bill Haydon
- How It All Fits Together (1979) ... Bill Haydon
- Smiley Tracks the Mole (1979) ... Bill Haydon
- Return to the Circus (1979) ... Bill Haydon
 1979 Churchill and the Generals (TV Movie)
Gen. Bernard L. Montgomery
 1979 Ike: The War Years (TV Mini Series)
Field Marshal Sir Bernard Montgomery
- Part III (1979) ... Field Marshal Sir Bernard Montgomery
- Part II (1979) ... Field Marshal Sir Bernard Montgomery
- Part I (1979) ... Field Marshal Sir Bernard Montgomery
 1978 Much Ado About Nothing (TV Movie)
Don John
 1978 BBC Play of the Month (TV Series)
Robespierre
- Danton's Death (1978) ... Robespierre
 1974 Camera Three (TV Series)
King Richard II / Bolingbroke
- Richard II (1974) ... King Richard II / Bolingbroke
 1973 Gawain and the Green Knight
Narrator (voice, uncredited)
 1972 Man of La Mancha
The Padre
 1972 The Darwin Adventure
Capt. Fitzroy
 1971 Eyeless in Gaza (TV Series)
Anthony Beavis
- And Calm of Mind, All Passion Spent (1971) ... Anthony Beavis
- All Is Best, Though We Oft Doubt (1971) ... Anthony Beavis
- Come, Come, No Time for Lamentation Now (1971) ... Anthony Beavis
- With Inward Eyes Illuminated (1971) ... Anthony Beavis
- O Dark, Dark, Dark, Amid the Blaze of Noon (1971) ... Anthony Beavis
 1969 Canterbury Tales (TV Series)
Palamon
- The Prologue/The Knight's Tale (1969) ... Palamon
 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)
Bertram, the Countess's son
 1967 The Revenue Men (TV Series)
Second Constable
- A Man Takes a Drink (1967) ... Second Constable
 1967 Horizon (TV Series documentary)
Michael Faraday
- Dynamo- the Life of Faraday (1967) ... Michael Faraday
 1967 Marat/Sade
Jean-Paul Marat
 1964 Festival (TV Series)
Antipholus of Ephesus
- The Comedy of Errors (1964) ... Antipholus of Ephesus
 1963 As You Like It (TV Movie)
Le Beau
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Other Works:

He acted in Gogol's play, "The Government Inspector," at the Old Vic Theatre in an Old Vic Company production with John Cording, Hugh Sullivan, Trevor Martin, Ralph Michael, Ronnie Stevens, Steven Beard, Barbara Jefford, Maroussia Frank, and Michael Thomas in the cast.. Toby Robertson and Christopher Selbie were directors. See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Print Biography | 1 Interview | 6 Articles | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »


Height:

5' 9" (1.75 m)

Spouse:

Maroussia Frank  (his death)  (2 children)

Children:

Miles Richardson

Parents:

John Richardson | Margaret Drummond
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Two days after his death, actress Helen Mirren dedicated her BAFTA win, for Best Actress in a Leading Role, for the film The Queen (2006), to Ian Richardson, at the 2007 BAFTA Film Awards. She mentioned how Richardson was very supportive towards her when she started out acting, and without him she may not have been so successful. See more »

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