Richard Briers

Born Jan 14, 1934

Richard David Briers, CBE is an English actor, whose career has encompassed theatre, television, film and radio. He first came to prominence as George Starling in Marriage Lines in the 1960s, but it was in the following decade when he played Tom Good in the BBC sitcom The Good Life that he became a household name. In the 1980s he starred in Ever Decreasing Circles, and from 2000 to 2002 came back to the spotlight with a leading role in Monarch of the Glen.… Read More

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1934 Birth Born on January 14, 1934.


1959 25 Years Old He made his West End debut in the Duke of York's Theatre 1959 production of Gilt And Gingerbread by Lionel Hale.
1960 26 Years Old Briers made his film debut in 1960 British feature film Bottoms Up. … Read More
1961 27 Years Old In 1961, Briers was cast in the leading role in Marriage Lines (1961–66) with Prunella Scales playing his wife.
1962 28 Years Old In between the pilot and the series itself, Briers appeared in Brothers in Law (from the book by Henry Cecil) as callow barrister Roger Thursby in 1962. … Read More


1967 33 Years Old Briers spent much of his career in the theatre, including appearances in plays by Shakespeare and George Bernard Shaw. In 1967, one of his earliest successes was playing alongside Michael Hordern and Celia Johnson in the London production of Alan Ayckbourn's Relatively Speaking. … Read More
1973 39 Years Old …  Between 1973 and 1981, Briers played Bertie Wooster in several adaptations of the P.G. Wodehouse novels with Michael Hordern as Jeeves.


1984 50 Years Old Briers narrated numerous commercials. including adverts for the Midland Bank in which he was the voice of the company's Griffin symbol. Between 1984 and 1986 he made a series of commercials for the Ford Sierra done in a sitcom style portraying the Sierra as "one of the family". … Read More
1990 56 Years Old After 1990, he appeared in Lovejoy, Inspector Morse, Midsomer Murders (the episode "Death's Shadow"), Doctors, New Tricks, Kingdom, and If You See God, Tell Him.


2000 66 Years Old Richard Briers starred as Hector in the first three series of Monarch of the Glen from 2000 to 2002 (and as a guest in series 7 in 2005), a role which saw him return to the limelight.
2002 68 Years Old He contributed "Sonnet 55" to the 2002 compilation album, When Love Speaks, which features famous actors and musicians interpreting Shakespeare's sonnets and play excerpts.
2005 71 Years Old In 2005, he appeared alongside Kevin Whately in Dad, a TV Film made by BBC Wales exploring issues of elder abuse.
2006 72 Years Old In 2006, he made an appearance in an episode of Extras, and portrayed the servant Adam in Kenneth Branagh's 2006 Shakespeare adaptation, As You Like It.
2008 74 Years Old He made a cameo appearance as a dying recluse in the 2008 Torchwood episode "A Day in the Death". … Read More
2012 78 Years Old In 2012 he featured in the comedy-horror film Cockneys vs Zombies.
In 2013, he did voice work for an episode of the motoring programme Top Gear. … Read More
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