Richard Briers

Actor, Comedian, Clerk
This British character actor has had a long career in TV, but has enjoyed a late-career renaissance thanks to director-actor Kenneth Branagh, who has cast him in six features and one short since "Henry V" in 1989 ... Read more »
Born: 01/14/1934 in Surrey, England, GB

Filmography

Actor (31)

Cockneys Vs. Zombies 2013 (Movie)

Hamish (Actor)

Run for Your Wife 2013 (Movie)

(Cameo)

Torchwood 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Peter Pan 2003 (Movie)

Smee (Actor)

Unconditional Love (New Line) 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Death's Shadow 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Love's Labour's Lost 2000 (Movie)

Nathaniel (Actor)

Monarch of the Glen 1999 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Prince of Hearts 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Death Is Now My Neighbor 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Spice World 1998 (Movie)

Bishop (Actor)

A Midwinter's Tale 1996 (Movie)

Henry Wakefield (Actor)

Hamlet 1996 (Movie)

Polonius (Actor)

Heavy Weather 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Mole's Christmas 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Voice

Mary Shelley's Frankenstein 1994 (Movie)

Grandfather (Actor)

Much Ado About Nothing 1993 (Movie)

Leonato--Governor of Messina (Actor)

Skallagrigg 1993 (Movie)

George (Actor)

Peter's Friends 1992 (Movie)

Peter's Father (Actor)

Swan Song 1992 (Movie)

(Actor)

A Chorus of Disapproval 1989 (Movie)

Ted Washbrook (Actor)

Henry V 1989 (Movie)

Bardolph (Actor)

The Aerodrome 1982 (Movie)

Rector (Actor)

Good Neighbors 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

The Norman Conquests 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

Watership Down 1978 (Movie)

Fiver (Voice)

All the Way Up 1969 (Movie)

Nigel Hadfield (Actor)

Fathom 1966 (Movie)

Timothy (Actor)

The Girl on the Boat 1960 (Movie)

Eustace Hignett (Actor)

A Respectable Trade (TV Show)

Actor

Victoria & Albert (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

This British character actor has had a long career in TV, but has enjoyed a late-career renaissance thanks to director-actor Kenneth Branagh, who has cast him in six features and one short since "Henry V" in 1989. Trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, Briers made his London debut in 1959 in "Gilt and Gingerbread." For the next 30 years, he alternated his TV and film work with such plays as "Present Laughter" (1965), "The Real Inspector Hound" (1968), "Butley" (1972), "Run for Your Wife" (1983), "Twelfth Night" (1987-88) and "A Midsummer Night's Dream" (as Bottom, 1990).

Relationships

Joseph Briers

Father

Lucy Briers Actor

Daughter
Born Aug. 19, 1967; mother, Ann Davies

Morna Briers

Mother

Kate Briers

Daughter

Ann Davies Actor

Wife
Married 1958 until his death Feb. 17, 2013

EDUCATION

Royal Academy of Dramatic Art

London, England
won scholarship to Liverpool Playhouse; classmates included Peter O'Toole and Alan Bates

dropped out of school at age 16 to work as a clerk

Milestones

2012

Made final film appearances in British comedies "Run for Your Wife" and " Cockneys vs. Zombies"

2011

Narrated war drama "The Only One Who Knows You're Afraid"

2008

Guest starred on BBC sci-fi drama "Torchwood"

2006

Played Adam in Kenneth Branagh's adaptation "As You Like It"

2003

Cast as Smee in P.J. Hogan's live-action adaptation of "Peter Pan"

2002

Starred opposite June Whitfield in London stage revival of "Bedroom Farce"

2000

Reteamed with Branagh for "Love's Labour's Lost"

2000

Starred on BBC comedy-drama series "Monarch of the Glen"

1999

Provided character voice of Captain Broom for animated series based on "Watership Down" (ITV)

1998

Played opposite Geraldine McEwan in Broadway production "The Chairs"

1996

Appeared in two films directed by Branagh, "A Midwinter's Tale" and "Hamlet" (as Polonius)

1995

Starred opposite Judy Parfitt in "Heavy Weather" (BBC)

1993

Co-starred on BBC comedy series "If You See God, Tell Him"

1992

Landed small role in Branagh's "Peter's Friends"

1989

First film collaboration with Branagh, "Henry V"

1989

Awarded OBE by Queen Elizabeth II

1987

Joined Kenneth Branagh's Renaissance Theatre Company; appeared in "Twelfth Night" and "Coriolanus," and played title roles of "King Lear" and "Uncle Vanya"

1985

Played lead on ITV comedy series "All in Good Faith"

1984

Appeared in recurring role on BBC comedy series "Ever Decreasing Circles"

1982

Starred as title character on "Goodbye, Mr. Kent" (BBC)

1978

Provided character voice of Fiver in animated feature "Watership Down"

1977

With Michael Gambon, starred on BBC comedy series "The Other One"

1975

Co-starred on sitcom "The Good Life/Good Neighbors" (BBC)

1970

Headlined comedy series "Birds on the Wing" (BBC)

1962

Appeared on British series "Brothers in Law" (BBC)

1961

Starred on BBC comedy "Marriage Lines"

1958

Made West End acting debut

1956

Worked with Liverpool Rep Company

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