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Richard Wilson Biography

Birth Name:
Iain Carmichael Wilson
Birth Place:
Greenock, Scotland

Fast Facts

  • Was born and raised in Scotland, but lost his accent to avoid being typecast
  • Was put off acting by his secondary school drama teacher, who said he could not speak properly; became a laboratory technician instead, but decided to attend drama school at 27
  • Was awarded an Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1994 for his services to drama
  • Won the TMA Best Director Award for Mr Kolpert at the Royal Court Theatre in 2000
  • In 2010, appeared as Malvolio in Gregory Doran's adaptation of Twelfth Night at the Duke of York's Theatre
  • In 2016, was due to reprise his most well-known role of Victor Meldrew at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, but the show was cancelled when he suffered a heart attack
  • Is a supporter of multiple charities, including the LGBT rights charity Stonewall, the AIDS charity Terrence Higgins Trust, and Graeae, an accessible theatre company