Richard Wilson (Scottish actor)

Richard Wilson (Scottish actor)

: "For other people named Richard Wilson, see Richard Wilson (disambiguation)"Infobox actor

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Ian Colquhoun Wilson, better known as Richard Wilson, OBE (born July 9, 1936) is a Scottish actor and theatre director, best known for playing Victor Meldrew in the popular BBC sitcom "One Foot in the Grave".

Personal life

Wilson was born in Greenock, Renfrewshire (now part of Inverclyde). He studied science and did National Service with the Royal Army Medical Corps, serving in Singapore. He worked in a laboratory before switching to acting in his late 20s. He trained at RADA and then appeared in repertory theatres in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Manchester. He is also a supporter of the British Labour Party

Wilson was awarded the OBE for services to drama as a director and actor in 1994. In April 1996, he was elected Rector of the University of Glasgow for a period of three years.

Wilson's biography, "One Foot on the Stage: The Biography of Richard Wilson" (ISBN 0752811150), was written by James Roose-Evans.


* "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes " (1985) episode "The Red Headed League" as Duncan Ross
* "Born and Bred"
* "Doctor Who" — episodes "The Empty Child" and "The Doctor Dances" (2005)- Doctor Constantine
* "Duck Patrol"
* "Emmerdale"
* "King of Fridges" (2004) (as Frank)
* "Father Ted" — episode "The Mainland"
* "Inspector Morse" - episode "Absolute Conviction"
* "Merlin" - Gaius
* "Mr Bean" — episode "The Trouble With Mr Bean"
* "Gulliver's Travels"
* "My Good Woman"
* "Rentaghost"
* "Normal Service"
* "One Foot in the Grave" (as Victor Meldrew)
* "Only When I Laugh"
* "A Sharp Intake Of Breath"
* "Tutti Frutti"
* "Cluedo"
* "Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em" -episode "Wendy House"- As an Insurance claims adjuster
* "Star Portraits with Rolf Harris" - celebrity "sitter" in one episode of the portraiture contest.
* "" as Duke of Edinburgh
* "Crown Court" (1970s) - as a barrister.
* "Thank God You're Here


* "A Dry White Season"
* "A Passage to India"
* "Carry On Columbus"
* "Fellow Travellors"
* "How to Get Ahead in Advertising"
* "Prick Up Your Ears"
* "Soft Top, Hard Shoulder"
* "The Man Who Knew Too Little"
* "Women Talking Dirty"Merlin (2008)

Theatre Direction

* "The Woman Before" by Roland Shimmelfenwick—Royal Court, May 2005
* "East Coast Chicken Supper" by Martin J Taylor—The Traverse, 2005
* "Rainbow Kiss" by Simon Farquhar—Royal Court, April 2006
* A Wholly Healthy Glasgow by Ian Heggie; The Royal Exchange Theatre, Edinburgh International Festival, The Royal Court, 1988/89

External links

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* [ The Official Richard Wilson Archive]
* [ "One Foot in the Grave"] Page at [ "British TV Heaven"] , a website run by M. David Bennett
* [ University of Glasgow Newsletter] (20 March 1996 - Issue No: 178), announcing Wilson's election as Rector
* [ Exclusive Interview with Richard Wilson]
* [ The Richard Wilson TV IV WIKI]
* David Tennant [ "Chain Reaction" interview BBC Radio 4]


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