Richard Briers
Actor
Richard Briers
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.
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Veteran British actor Richard Briers dies aged 79
Reuters.com - about 4 years
LONDON (Reuters) - British actor Richard Briers, best known for the 1970s TV sit-com "The Good Life" but also for his Shakespearean roles, has died at the age of 79, prompting a flood of tributes for "a national treasure".
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Matt Smith Lends His Voice To UK Disney Poetry Show
BBC Blogs- America - almost 5 years
(AP Photo/Chris Pizzello) The British version of the Disney Junior channel is set to launch A Poem Is, a new show designed to create a love of poetry among younger viewers, and in order to do this, they’ve enlisted some fairly astonishing UK talent. The actor Richard Briers, for example. Or Little Britain’s David Walliams, or Whoopi Goldberg or Kenneth Branagh. Maybe Downton Abbey’s Michelle Dockery is more to your taste? No? Well how about Matt Smith, the Doctor. The fella on all the lunchboxes. Yeah, that oughta do it. The show aims to feature classic Disney animated sequences as a way of illustrating the poems read by celebrities, and Matt is reading the delightful Once They All Believed In Dragons, by the first US Children’s Poet Laureate, Jack Prelutsky. In a press release for the show, Matt says he has “always had an enthusiasm for poetry,” and that he’s glad to have had the chance to read for A Poem Is, as it provides “a whole new generation of young minds a way of lea ...
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Wogan On Wodehouse - BBC2, 9pm - Mirror.co.uk
Google News - over 5 years
With contributions from Joanna Lumley, Griff Rhys Jones, Richard Briers and Hanif Kureishi, plus archive interviews with the man himself – this doc is charming and joyful, but doesn't gloss over his major miscalculation – radio broadcasts made from
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Film4's FrightFest chills audiences with its horror showcase - Beehive City
Google News - over 5 years
After a quick breather, fans were treated to some light relief for an exclusive preview of Richard Briers' performance as a Zimmer framed, Uzi-wielding zombie chaser in Cockneys vs Zombies. Another favoured film was Final Destination 5 in 3D
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Box Set Club: The Good Life - The Guardian (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
The Good Life: Richard Briers, Felicity Kendal, Paul Eddington and Penelope Keith. Photograph: BBC/PA Perusing the Esmonde and Larbey section of my DVD collection – yes, they have a section – I was genuinely excited to pick out the Good Life box set
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A FrightFest surprise hit - Screen International (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
After a mainstream one-two combo on opening day of Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark and the devilishly entertaining Final Destination 5, plus a highly promising look at upcoming UK horror-comedy Cockneys Vs. Zombies (Richard Briers with an Uzi has to be
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It's the little things that matter most to us – but don't let it get out of hand - The Independent
Google News - over 5 years
To coincide with the upcoming Radio 4 drama A Shoebox of Snow, starring The Good Life actor Richard Briers, the public are being invited to share memories behind the objects they treasure. The resulting accounts are being published online as part of a
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Wogan on Wodehouse, BBC Two, preview - Telegraph.co.uk
Google News - over 5 years
... how Wodehouse's own experiences can be seen throughout his work, famed for its optimism and gentle fun-poking at the upper classes. Wogan also meets fellow fans, including Joanna Lumley, Griff Rhys Jones, Richard Briers and Stephen Fry. What ho indeed
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Reviews: Doctor Who – “The Sun Makers” And “Paradise Towers” On DVD - Pop Culture Zoo
Google News - over 5 years
The rundown Towers are patrolled by gangs of young girls, cannibalistic old ladies and dictatorial caretakers, led by the Chief Caretaker (Richard Briers) who, mysteriously, become the Doctor's allies! “Paradise Towers” is a curious thing as I keep
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Doctor Who: Paradise Towers – DVD Review - Monsters and Critics.com
Google News - over 5 years
The place is roamed by gangs of young girls known as Kangs who differentiate themselves by the colors of their clothes, the isolated elderly are known as Rezzies, and this madness is lorded over by the Chief Caretaker (Richard Briers) with his long
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Film: Peter Pan - Nettavisen Liernett
Google News - over 5 years
Med Jason Isaacs, Jeremy Sumpter, Rachel Hurd-Wood, Olivia Williams, Ludivine Sagnier og Richard Briers m.fl. Regi: PJ Hogan. (7 år) (Friends with money) Amerikansk drama fra 2006. De fire kvinnene har vært nære venner gjennom hele voksenlivet
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Digging deep: Quarter of householders grow their own vegetables in bid to beat ... - Daily Mail
Google News - over 5 years
A quarter of Britons are following the lead of the Goods, played by Richard Briers and Felicity Kendal, who turned their garden into an allotment, much to the horror of their snooty neighbours. A Which? report yesterday revealed that the primary
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Last updated at 7:50 AM on 15th July 2011 - Daily Mail
Google News - over 5 years
His cousin, actor Richard Briers, who was with him near the end, recalls: 'I just sat there holding his hand. Eventually I asked him if he'd like a glass of champagne. Silence. Then about a minute later this little voice replied, “Make it a crate!”
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Richard Briers to star in interactive radio play - Stage
Google News - over 5 years
Richard Briers is to star in a new BBC radio play that forms the centre of a multi-platform project aimed at encouraging listeners to upload their own stories to a specially-created website. The play is called A Shoebox of Snow, and alongside Briers
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Doctor Whooligan: Pertwee At 92, Torchwood Miracle Day Is Here, Davison Lays ... - Anglotopia.net
Google News - over 5 years
Sadly the DVD has no audio commentaries from Sylvester McCoy , Bonnie Langford or Richard Briers. But it does have some nice extra nuggets for Classic Series fans. Horror on the High Rise is a making of extra, Girls Girls Girls gathers Sarah Sutton,
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LUTHER HITS SELL-BY DATE - Express.co.uk
Google News - over 5 years
In need of a short break in the country were Richard Briers, Warren Clarke, Samantha Bond and Rafe Spall. They did a sterling job in the service of people called Pongo Sim but, as the final act arrived, I was wishing for the poison to be distributed
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Agatha Christie's Marple - Why Didn't They Ask Evans? - Unreality TV
Google News - over 5 years
The cast includes Sean Biggerstaff, Samantha Bond, Richard Briers, Warren Clarke, Natalie Dormer, Freddie Fox, Helen Lederer, Rik Mayall, Georgia Moffett, Hannah Murray, Rafe Spall and Mark Williams. Julia McKenzie said: “It's very convoluted,
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Richard Briers
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2013
    Age 79
    On Christmas Day 2013, BBC Radio 4 Extra broadcast a day of tribute to Briers titled "Ever Increasing Wonder", with a variety of his BBC Radio recordings, many of them introduced by those who knew him and worked with him.
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    On 30 March 2013, BBC Two broadcast an hour long review of Briers' life and career, with tributes from many friends and colleagues.
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    In an interview with the Daily Mail on 31 January 2013, Briers stated that he had smoked about half a million cigarettes before he quit.
    More Details Hide Details According to Lucy Briers, his daughter, he quit instantly in 2001 after a routine chest X-ray suggested he would otherwise soon be in a wheelchair. He was diagnosed with emphysema in 2007.
    In 2013, he did voice work for an episode of the motoring programme Top Gear.
    More Details Hide Details Briers met Ann Davies while both were at Liverpool Rep. Davies was employed as a stage manager, and had acted on television and in films from the mid-1950s. Soon after meeting, he borrowed £5 from his mother, bought an engagement ring and they were married within six months. They had two daughters, one of whom, Lucy, is also an actress; Kate (or Katie) has worked in stage management, and is a primary school teacher. Briers and his friend Paul Eddington shared a similar sense of humour, and knew each other before being cast in The Good Life. After Eddington was diagnosed with skin cancer, Briers accepted a role opposite him in David Storey's play Home in 1994, agreeing to take on all of the publicity interviews to allow Eddington time for his treatment. At Eddington's memorial service, Briers read both from Cymbeline and PG Wodehouse; he later read chapters from Eddington's autobiography on BBC Radio 4.
  • 2012
    Age 78
    In 2012 he featured in the comedy-horror film Cockneys vs Zombies.
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  • 2008
    Age 74
    He made a cameo appearance as a dying recluse in the 2008 Torchwood episode "A Day in the Death".
    More Details Hide Details On 17 December 2000, Briers was the guest on BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs. Among his musical choices were "Di quella pira" from Il Trovatore by Giuseppe Verdi, "I Feel A Song Coming On" by Al Jolson and "On The Sunny Side Of The Street" by Louis Armstrong. His favourite piece was the Organ Concerto in F major "The Cuckoo and the Nightingale" by George Frideric Handel.
  • 2006
    Age 72
    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.
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  • 2005
    Age 71
    In 2005, he appeared alongside Kevin Whately in Dad, a TV Film made by BBC Wales exploring issues of elder abuse.
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  • 2002
    Age 68
    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.
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  • 2000
    Age 66
    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.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1990
    Age 56
    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.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1984
    Age 50
    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".
    More Details Hide Details Briers narrated the public information film Frances the Firefly, about the dangers of playing with matches, firstly in the mid 1990s when first made, and then in the early 2000s when re-made by the Government fire safety campaign Fire Kills. He also recorded the voice of a Sat nav specifically designed for senior citizens in the BBC 2’s hit TV Show Top Gear, Series 19, episode 5, which aired only a week after his death. Presenter Jeremy Clarkson paid a brief tribute to his memory at the end of the episode.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1973
    Age 39
    Between 1973 and 1981, Briers played Bertie Wooster in several adaptations of the P.G. Wodehouse novels with Michael Hordern as Jeeves.
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  • 1967
    Age 33
    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.
    More Details Hide Details After a long career in television sitcom, and looking to expand his career, his daughter Lucy took him to Stratford-upon-Avon to watch Kenneth Branagh in Henry V. After meeting Branagh backstage after the performance, Branagh offered Briers the role of Malvolio in the Renaissance Theatre Company production of Twelfth Night. Briers joined the company, and went on to play title parts in King Lear and Uncle Vanya. Briers also appeared in many of Branagh's films, including Henry V (1989, as Bardolph), Much Ado About Nothing (1993, as Signor Leonato) and Hamlet (1996, as Polonius). The theatre production of Twelfth Night (1988) was adapted for television, with Briers reprising his role as Malvolio. In 2010, Briers played in the Royal National Theatre revival of Dion Boucicault's London Assurance, alongside Simon Russell Beale and Fiona Shaw. A performance of this was broadcast live to cinemas round the world as part of the NT Live! programme.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1962
    Age 28
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He was cast in this role by adaptors Frank Muir and Denis Norden, who had seen him in the West End. His other early appearances included The Seven Faces of Jim (1961) with Jimmy Edwards, Dixon of Dock Green (1962), a production of Noël Coward's Hay Fever (1968) and the storyteller in several episodes of Jackanory (1969). In the 1980s he played several Shakespearean roles, including Twelfth Night. Briers was featured twice on the Thames Television show This Is Your Life in May 1972 and March 1994. In a role specifically written for him by John Esmonde and Bob Larbey, Briers was cast in the lead role in The Good Life (1975–78), playing Tom Good, a draughtsman who decides, on his 40th birthday, to give up his job and try his hand at self-sufficiency, with the support of his wife Barbara, played by Felicity Kendal. Briers persuaded the producers to cast his friend Paul Eddington, a fellow council member of Equity, in the role of Jerry. An enormously successful series, the last episode in 1978 was performed in front of Queen Elizabeth II. In 1977, he starred with his The Good Life co-star Penelope Keith in the televised version of Alan Ayckbourn's trilogy The Norman Conquests. He also starred as Ralph in 13 episodes of The Other One (1977–79) with Michael Gambon.
  • 1961
    Age 27
    In 1961, Briers was cast in the leading role in Marriage Lines (1961–66) with Prunella Scales playing his wife.
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  • 1960
    Age 26
    Briers made his film debut in 1960 British feature film Bottoms Up.
    More Details Hide Details He then took parts in Murder She Said (1961), The Girl on the Boat (1962), A Matter of WHO (1962), The V.I.P.s (1963); and Raquel Welch's spy spoof Fathom (1967). He latterly appeared in Michael Winner's A Chorus of Disapproval (1988) and the 2002 film Unconditional Love as well as the 1998 Kenneth Branagh adaptation of "Much ado about Nothing" where he played the role of "Leonato". His last film was Cockneys vs Zombies (2012). He was a familiar voice actor. Briers narrated the animated children's TV programme Roobarb (1974). Originally shown on BBC1 just before the evening news, each five-minute cartoon was written by Grange Calveley and produced by Bob Godfrey. He was the original voice actor for Noddy (1975) TV series based on the Enid Blyton character, and then another series with Godfrey, Noah and Nelly in... SkylArk (1976). He also provided the voice of Fiver in the animated film adaptation of Watership Down (1978). In the 90s he voiced the part of Mouse, opposite Alan Bennett's Mole in the TV series Mouse & Mole, based on books by Joyce Dunbar and James Mayhew. He latterly starred alongside Neil Morrissey in Bob the Builder (2005) as Bob's Dad, Robert to his credit. Briers also featured in the television series adaptation of Watership Down (1999–2001), this time voicing a series exclusive character called Captain Broom, and was one of the very few actors who stayed for all 3 series.
  • 1959
    Age 25
    He made his West End debut in the Duke of York's Theatre 1959 production of Gilt And Gingerbread by Lionel Hale.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1934
    Age 0
    Born on January 14, 1934.
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