- Gained an interest in acting after performing in a Cub Scout play as a young child.
- Chose the stage name Richard as a tribute to an English teacher he admired as an 11-year-old student.
- Was in the same term as fellow actor Mark Rylance while studying at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.
- Is a classical theatre actor who joined the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1986 and has regularly performed in RSC productions since.
- In 1989, played the role of Puck in an RSC production of A Midsummer Night's Dream.
- Originated the role of Christopher Marlowe in Peter Whelan's School of Night in 1993.
- Starred in the titular role in a national tour of Hamlet with Birmingham Repertory Theatre from 1999 until 2001.
- Performed the role of Romeo opposite Kathryn Hunter as Juliet in Ben Power's adaptation of the Shakespearean play titled A Tender Thing in 2012.
- Played the role of Ben Jonson opposite Patrick Stewart in a stage production of Bingo at the Old Vic.
- Made his Broadway debut as Prime Minister Harold Wilson in The Audience opposite Helen Mirren.
- Is an Associate Artist of the Royal Shakespeare Company.
- 2015, Tony — Actor (Featured Role--Play): Winner
- 1994, Olivier Awards — Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Nominee
- 2013, Olivier Awards — Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Winner
- Fotini Dimou — Significant Other
- The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, London, England
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