Richard trained at the prestigious Bristol Old Vic Theatre School (above centre in Our Country's Good), where he won the Newton Blick Award for Outstanding Achievement. He is most well known for his appearances on children’s television playing many regular and recurring roles in various series, including Mr K in thirty episodes of The Mysti Show (CBBC) and Sir Gestion in twenty episodes of Sir Gadabout: The Worst Knight In The Land (BAFTA nominated, CITV). Other credits include George Bland in MI High, Dirk Searcher in Jinx, Cosmos in The Roman Mysteries, Stuart in Living It, Mr Simms in My Parents Are Aliens and Nelson’s Dad in My Spy Family. Further appearances on children’s TV include Dani’s House, Mighty Truck Of Stuff and Too Many Gods. Other television credits include Love Hurts, Pie In The Sky, McGuyver, Drop The Dead Donkey, Bliss, Oktober, Crossroads, Murder City, Casanova, Filth; The Mary Whitehouse Story, Life Of Riley, Doctors, The Jury, Eastenders and Miss Scarlet And The Duke. Most notably to cult sci-fi fans, he also played Officer Orrin in twenty-four episodes of Gerry Anderson’s Space Precinct.
His film credits include appearing opposite Helena Bonham Carter in Great Expectations, alongside Hollywood legend Burt Reynolds in A Bunch Of Amateurs and with the stars of Monty Python as Geoffrey Weasel in Terry Jones’ Wind In The Willows. Other film appearances include A Lover’s Prayer, Julius Caesar, Penelope, Stormbreaker, The Wolf Man and Foster.
On stage, Richard has played Alex in Outside Edge (Derby Playhouse) and Doctor Mortimer and Inspector Lestrade in The Hound Of The Baskervilles (New Victoria, Newcastle-Under-Lyme). He has toured the UK in a two man show, Thunderbirds FAB, and then more extensively with the Birmingham Stage Company, playing various roles in their Olivier-nominated Gangsta Granny (culminating in a sell out run at London’s Garrick Theatre) and Aunt Alberta herself in Awful Auntie. He has also toured UK arenas in Grandpa’s Great Escape featuring Nigel Planer and was an Off-West End finalist for Best Supporting Performance for his roles in A Sherlock Carol at The Marylebone Theatre.
He has recorded several audio adventures for Big Finish Productions including playing Rembrandt in Doctor Who: The Waters Of Amsterdam, Sergeant Ballard in The Incherton Incident and Officer Enab in Doctor Who: The Isos Network - plus other yet to be released! He has also played various roles for Anderson Entertainment including Angus Reed in First Action Bureau and alien talk show host Jeremy Vile in Terrahawks: Vile.
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'A BARNSTORMING PERFORMANCE'
MALCOLM McGONIGLE, WRITER, 'MI HIGH', CBBC
'RICHARD JAMES IS FORMIDABLE'
THEATRE WEEKLY, 'AWFUL AUNTIE', BLOOMSBURY THEATRE
'SHINES WITH CONSPICUOUS BRIGHTNESS'
MICHAEL BILLINGTON,'A SHERLOCK CAROL', MARYLEBONE THEATRE
HAM & HIGH, 'A SHERLOCK CAROL', MARYLEBONE THEATRE