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About Ian Richardson

Ian Richardson died in his sleep of a heart attack on the morning of February 9 2007, aged 72.


According to his agent, he had not been ill and had in fact been due to start filming an episode of Midsomer Murders the following week.
He is survived by his wife, the actress Maroussia Frank and two sons, one of whom, Miles, is an actor with the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Ian William Richardson was born in Edinburgh, the son of a works manager at the McVities’ biscuit factory. He read drama at Glasgow University and then went on to train at the city’s College of Dramatic Art.  His first job was with the Birmingham Repertory theatre where his performance as Hamlet gained him national attention and an offer of a founding place with the newly formed Royal Shakespeare Company. With the likes of Sir John Gielgud, Dame Peggy Aschcroft and Sir Lawrence Olivier, Ian  worked with the company to define the modern concept of the performance of Shakespeare, with particular successes in the roles of Coriolanus and Richard III.

Ian Richardson is sadly missed by audiences and his fellow actors.  Dame Helen Mirren dedicated her 2006 Best Actress BAFTA award to him, saying in her acceptance speech that he was very supportive towards her when she started out acting - "really, without Ian, maybe I would not be here.”

Ian Richardson audio book downloads:

The Chronicles of Clovis Audiobook

The Chronicles of Clovis Audiobook
Written by Saki H H Munro
Read by Ian Richardson CBE

The Chronicles of Clovis, published in 1911, was the third in Saki (H H Munro)’s series of delightfully vicious stories. As an insider, Saki was ideally poised to eviscerate the Edwardian middle class way of life, and his pitiless and magnetic sense of humour teamed with an ability to wield that sharpest of writer’s tools, the (very) short story, make these some of the funniest and most quotable of tales. Ian Richardson is simply stunning in what has become one of his last works - The Chronicles of Clovis audiobook by Saki (H H Munro)

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