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Richard Dillane (born 1964) is a British actor. He played OSS agent Peter Nicholls in Ben Affleck's 2012 political thriller Argo, winner among other things of the 2013 Oscar, Bafta and Golden Globe awards for Best Picture. He also played the husband of Margaret Humphreys (played by Emily Watson) in Jim Loach's fact-based movie Oranges and Sunshine.

He was Wernher von Braun in the BBC television docudrama Space Race, Nero in Howard Brenton's play Paul at the National Theatre of Great Britain and appeared several times as Stephen Maturin in the BBC radio adaptations of the Patrick O'Brian Aubrey–Maturin novels and Peter Guillam in three John le Carré adaptations.

He was recently cast in a lead role of the new Netflix series Young Wallander, based on the character Kurt Wallender created by novelist Henning Mankell.


Dillane's other film work includes The Dark Knight (as Acting Commissioner), Mindscape with Mark Strong, The Dinosaur Project, The Edge of Love, The Jacket, Tristan & Isolde and as Cole Porter's last lover Bill Wrather (a composite character) in Irwin Winkler's biopic De-Lovely, which starred Kevin Kline.[citation needed]

Recent television work includes Giri/Haji, The Last Kingdom, Peaky Blinders, Counterpart, Outlander and The Last Post.

In 2015, he played Duke of Suffolk in the BBC TV series Wolf Hall[citation needed], and in 2016 he appeared in the lead role of DCI Michael Waite in a double episode of the BBC TV series Silent Witness.[citation needed]

Prior to this he played the captain of the shape-changing justice robot Teselecta in two episodes of Doctor Who (Let's Kill Hitler and The Wedding of River Song), rogue spy John Richardson in Spooks, Australian conman Graham Poole in Hustle, photographer and old flame Miles Brodie in Cold Feet, posh drug addict Theodore Platt in the first episode of Lewis and the relationship counsellor Ben in Men Behaving Badly as well as regular characters Sean Anderson in Casualty and Australian sergeant Brad Connor in the award-winning[clarification needed] ITV series Soldier Soldier.[citation needed]

On stage Dillane has played at the National Theatre of Great Britain in London and the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon. In 2000, he was Duke of Suffolk in the Olivier Award-winning Michael Boyd productions of Henry the Sixth parts 1, 2 and 3 in Stratford, London and Michigan.[citation needed] At 24 he played Hamlet in Perth, Australia, directed by Ray Omodei.

He is also a regular radio actor and voice-over artist.

Personal lifeEdit

He grew up near London with his brother Stephen (also an actor), took a philosophy degree at Manchester University and lived in Australia for ten years working in Perth, Sydney and Hobart as actor and director before returning to the UK.[citation needed] In 1988 he directed a production of Molière's "Tartuffe" for the Nick Company at the University of Tasmania, Hobart.

He is married to Scottish actress Jayne McKenna, known for her leading role in the 2017 Take That musical The Band. They have three children.


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