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Richard Harrington is a Welsh actor.

Richard Harrington
Years active1975–present



Harrington was born in Gurnos and brought up in Heolgerrig, Merthyr Tydfil.[1] He has had starring roles in the Welsh show Hinterland (known as Y Gwyll in Welsh),[2] Bleak House, Jimmy McGovern's Gunpowder, Treason & Plot, and Gavin Claxton's comedy feature film The All Together. He has also had roles in Coronation Street, Spooks, Casualty, Holby City, Hustle, Dalziel and Pascoe, Silent Witness, Lark Rise to Candleford, and Poldark. He won a BAFTA Cymru Award for his portrayal of a young gay hustler in the BBC film Dafydd, part of the Wales Playhouse programme.[3]

On stage Harrington has toured with Fiction Factory/Y Cwmni's productions of Ed Thomas's plays House of America, Gas Station Angel and Stone City Blue. He also appeared in the 1997 film version of House of America.

Harrington speaks Welsh as a second language, having come from an English-speaking family but studied in a Welsh Medium school in Merthyr. He has said that filming Y Gwyll improved his fluency significantly.[4][5] He has two children, Ralff and Ned, with former girlfriend Nerys Phillips.[5][6]

Harrington took part in the 2012 and 2013 Snowdonia Marathon alongside his friend and fellow actor Mark Lewis Jones.[7]

In 2015, Harrington won another BAFTA Cymru award for his role as DCI Tom Matthias in Y Gwyll / Hinterland.[8]

In April 2017, Harrington presented the BBC Two Wales programme Richard Harrington: My Grandfather's War, in which he followed the journey his grandfather had made through Spain in 1937 in order to fight against fascism in the Spanish Civil War.[9][10]


Year Title Role Notes
1987 The District Nurse Donald Turner TV series (1 episode: "A Blind Edge")
1989 Screen One TV series (1 episode: "Nineteen 96")
1993 Wales Playhouse Dafydd/Sion TV series (2 episodes: 1993-1995)
BAFTA Cymru Award - Best Actor (Yr Actor Gorau)
1994 Gadael Lenin Charlie
1995 Oliver's Travels Student TV mini-series
A Mind to Kill Paul Tam TV series (3 episodes: 1995-1997)
1997 The Proposition Evan
House of America Cat
Tiger Bay Warwick TV series (3 episodes)
Breeders Jack
1999 Oh Little Town of Bethlehem Martin Short
Coronation Street Owen Williams TV series (2 episodes)
2000 Care Tony Collins TV film
2001 Score Neil TV film
A Day Out Girl's Father Short
2002 High Speed Spike
The Ride Spike
The Hidden City Barney TV series
Mule Ray Short
2003 Rehab Powell TV film
Holby City Lee Walmsley TV series (1 episode: "By Any Other Name")
2004 Secret Passage Joseph
Mathilde Babyface
Gunpowder, Treason & Plot Thomas Percy TV film
Hustle Sam Richards TV series (1 episode: "Cops and Robbers")
Silent Witness Stephen Barnes TV series (2 episodes)
Spooks Will North TV series (6 episodes)
2005 Dalziel and Pascoe Gary Mileham TV series (2 episodes)
Bleak House Allan Woodcourt TV mini-series (7 episodes)
2006 Casualty Jerry Goater TV series (1 episode: "Last Orders")
Ancient Rome: The Rise and Fall of an Empire Yohanon TV series (1 episode: "Rebellion")
Daddy's Girl Stephen
2007 M.I. High Tommy Blumenheck TV series (1 episode: "Don't Cook Now")
Five Days Daf Parry TV series (2 episodes)
The All Together Jerry Davies
The Contractor Terry Mitchell Video
Y Pris Stuart TV series (1 episode: "Parch (Respect)")
Sold Paul Bamforth TV series (1 episode: "Episode No. 1.3")
Holby Blue DS Luke French TV series (20 episodes: 2007-2008)
2008 Strap-on Owl Beak Actor Short
Hope Eternal Evan
New Tricks Ash TV series (1 episode: "Communal Living")
2009 Missing Ryan Long TV series (1 episode: "Episode No. 1.5")
Land Girls Adam Blackfield TV series (2 episodes)
Collision James Taylor/Ben Hickman TV series (3 episodes)
2010 Midsomer Murders Leo Fincher TV series (1 episode: "Blood on the Saddle")
Pen Talar Defi Lewis TV series
2011 Lark Rise to Candleford Gabriel Cochrane TV series
2013-2016 Y Gwyll/Hinterland DCI Tom Mathias TV series - lead role
2014 Wolfblood Gerwyn TV series (3 episodes)
2015 Poldark Captain Andrew Blamey TV series
2016 Stella Ian Meyer TV series
2016 My Grandfather's War BBC TV documentary about the International Brigades during the Spanish Civil War[11]
2017 Requiem Aron TV series
2017 Inspector George Gently Michael Clements TV series
2018 Father Brown Benedict Northam TV series
2018 Death in Paradise Bryn Williams TV Series (1 episode: "Meditated in Murder")


External linksEdit


  1. ^ "Gurnos-born actor Harrington nominated for S4C drama role". Media Wales. 21 April 2011. Retrieved 13 May 2017.
  2. ^ "Hinterland star Richard Harrington 'hated everything' about the hit show". Wales Online. 10 September 2015. Retrieved 5 April 2016.
  3. ^ "Cymru: Actor in 1995". British Academy of Film and Television Arts. Retrieved 13 May 2017.
  4. ^ "Scandi-style crime thriller showcases the land of my fathers, says Richard Harrington". Wales Online. 4 January 2014. Retrieved 20 January 2014.
  5. ^ a b Andrew Collins (11 September 2015). "Hinterland / Y Gwyll's Richard Harrington: 'Everybody around me sounded like Pingu'". The Guardian.
  6. ^ Vicki Power (23 April 2016). "Hinterland star Richard Harrington on DCI Tom Mathias: He is his own worst enemy". Daily Express.
  7. ^ "31st Snowdonia Marathon Eryri 2013". Welsh Athletics. Retrieved 20 January 2014.
  8. ^ "Winners Announced - British Academy Cymru Awards 2015". British Academy of Film and Television Arts. 27 September 2015. Retrieved 13 May 2017.
  9. ^ Presenter: Richard Harrington; Producers: Alan Golding, Dylan Wyn Richards; Director: Dylan Wyn Richards (15 April 2017). "Richard Harrington: My Grandfather's War". My Grandfather's War. BBC. BBC Two Wales. Retrieved 13 May 2017.
  10. ^ "The men who left the Valleys to fight fascism in Spain". BBC News Online. BBC. 15 April 2017. Retrieved 13 May 2017.
  11. ^ "The men who left the Valleys to fight fascism in Spain". BBC News. 15 April 2017. Retrieved 16 April 2017.