Richard Wilson  9 July 1936) is a Scottish actor, theatre director and broadcaster. He is most famous for playing Victor Meldrew in the BBC sitcom One Foot in the Grave. Another notable role was as Gaius, the court physician of Camelot, in the BBC drama Merlin.(born Iain Carmichael Wilson;
Iain Carmichael Wilson
9 July 1936
|Occupation||Actor • theatre director • broadcaster|
|Notable work||See below|
|Television||Only When I Laugh|
One Foot in the Grave
Born and Bred
Britain's Best Drives
Early life Edit
He went to the Lady Alice Primary school in Greenock. He studied science subjects at Greenock Academy, then completed his National Service with the Royal Army Medical Corps, serving in Singapore.
Wilson worked in a laboratory at Stobhill Hospital in Glasgow as a research assistant before switching to acting at age 27. He trained at RADA and then appeared in repertory theatres in Edinburgh (Traverse Theatre), Glasgow and Manchester (Stables Theatre).
In March 2011, Wilson presented an edition of the Channel 4 current affairs programme Dispatches entitled Train Journeys From Hell, with transport journalist Christian Wolmar highlighting the failings of the British railway network.
Personal life Edit
Wilson has lived in London since 1959.
Wilson has been a campaigner for gay rights for many years. He appeared at charity events organised by gay rights campaign group Stonewall, but had not discussed his own sexuality in interviews with the media. He was named in a list of influential gay people in 2013 by Time Out magazine, which he considered to have outed him.
Wilson is a supporter of his local football club, Greenock Morton, but he has come to lend greater support to English club Manchester United. He is a patron of the Manchester United Supporters Trust. Wilson is a good friend of his One Foot in the Grave co-star Angus Deayton, and is godfather to Deayton's son.
Wilson is one of the patrons of Scottish Youth Theatre. Wilson is also a long-time supporter of the charity Sense and in 2007 hosted their annual award ceremony. He is also one of the honorary patrons of the London children's charity, Scene & Heard. He has been Honorary President of the Scottish Community Drama Association (SCDA) since 1998.
In June 2021 Wilson was the guest on BBC Radio 4's Desert Island Discs. His choices included "Hammond Song" by The Roches, Symphony No. 6 in D minor by Sibelius and "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" by Roberta Flack. His book choice was the poetry of Robert Burns and his luxury item was a subscription to The Guardian.
- Junket 89 (1970) as Mr Potter
- The Trouble with 2B (1972) as Mr Potter
- Mark Gertler: Fragments of a Biography (1981) as Clive Bell
- Those Glory Glory Days (1983, TV Movie) as Arnold – Journalist
- A Passage to India (1984) as Turton
- Foreign Body (1986) as Col. Partridge
- Whoops Apocalypse (1986) as Nigel Lipman
- Prick Up Your Ears (1987) as Psychiatrist
- How to Get Ahead in Advertising (1989) as Bristol
- A Dry White Season (1989) as Cloete
- Soft Top Hard Shoulder (1992) as Uncle Salvatore
- Carry On Columbus (1992) as Don Juan Felipe
- The Man Who Knew Too Little (1997) as Sir Roger Daggenhurst
- Women Talking Dirty (1999) as Ronald
- Love and Other Disasters (2006) as Registrar
- Gnomeo & Juliet (2011) as Mr Capulet (voice)
- Sherlock Gnomes (2018) as Mr Capulet (voice)
- Crown Court (1970s) – as Jeremy Parsons QC (1972–1984)
- My Good Woman (1972–1974)
- Soldier and me (1974) – as Dr Nixon
- A Sharp Intake of Breath 1977 to 1980
- The Sweeney episode "The bigger they are" as DCI Anderson (1978)
- Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em episode "Wendy House" as Mr Harris The Insurance Man (1978)
- Only When I Laugh (1979–1982) as Gordon Thorpe
- In Loving Memory as Percy Openshaw (in two episodes)
- Andy Robson (1982–1983)
- The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes episode The Red Headed League as Duncan Ross (1985)
- Have I Got News for You
- Screen Two: Poppyland (1985) as Theodore Watts-Dunton
- Howards' Way (1986 one episode) as Viscount Cunningham
- Emmerdale (1986)
- Room at the Bottom (1986–1988) as Toby Duckworth
- High & Dry as Richard Talbot
- Tutti Frutti (1987)
- Hot Metal (1988)
- The Play on One: Normal Service (1988) as Max
- Screen Two: Fellow Traveller (1989) Sir Hugo
- One Foot in the Grave (1990–2000) as Victor Meldrew
- Cluedo (1991) as Reverend Jonathan Green
- Selling Hitler (1991)
- Mr. Bean – episode The Trouble with Mr. Bean as Mr A. M. Peggit The Dentist (1992)
- Inspector Morse – episode "Absolute Conviction (1992)"
- The World of Peter Rabbit and Friends as Mr. McGregor (1992)
- Under the Hammer (1994) (as Ben Glazier)
- Gulliver's Travels (1996)
- Lord of Misrule (1996) (as Bill Webster). Filmed at Fowey in Cornwall
- Duck Patrol (1998)
- Father Ted – episode "The Mainland" as himself (1998)
- The Mrs Merton Show (1998) guest appearance alongside Bernard Manning
- High Stakes (2001)
- Life As We Know It (2001)
- Jeffrey Archer: The Truth as Duke of Edinburgh (2002)
- King of Fridges (2004) (as Frank)
- Doctor Who – episodes "The Empty Child" and "The Doctor Dances" (2005) – Doctor Constantine
- Born and Bred (2005)
- The F Word – Appeared as himself in the middle of the first series. (2005)
- A Harlot's Progress (2006)
- Would I Lie to You? (2007)
- Thank God You're Here (2008)
- Merlin – (all 65 episodes + 2 Children in Need specials) as Gaius (2008–2012)
- Demons – as Father Simeon (2009)
- Britain's Best Drives (2009)
- New Tricks (2009) – as Father Bernárd in episode "The War Against Drugs"
- Confessions from the Underground – Narrated (2012)
- All Aboard East Coast Trains – Narrated (2013)
- Richard Wilson on the Road (2015)
- Trollied (2015)
- Coming Oot! A Fabulous History of Gay Scotland - Narrated (2015)
- Richard Wilson's Highland Fling at IMDb (2017) travel in style by rail and ship through the Scottish Highlands (documentary)
- Around the World in 80 Days (2021)
- Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway (2023)
- One Foot in the Grave - 30 Years Of Laughs (2023)
Stage acting Edit
- Twelfth Night, as Malvolio – Royal Shakespeare Company
- Whipping it Up by Steve Thompson – Bush Theatre, Ambassadors Theatre
- What the Butler Saw, as Dr Rance – Royal National Theatre
- Peter Pan, as Mr Darling/Captain Hook – Royal Festival Hall
- Waiting for Godot, as Vladimir – Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh and Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester
- Uncle Vanya, as Vanya – Traverse Theatre
- A Little Hotel on the Side by Georges Feydeau – Theatre Royal, Bath, August 2013
- Krapp's Last Tape, as Krapp, Sheffield Crucible Theatre, 25 June – 19 July 2014
- Forty Years On by Alan Bennett – Chichester Festival Theatre, as the Headmaster 21 April – 20 May 2017.
Theatre direction Edit
- An Inspector Calls by J B Priestley – The Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester, 1986
- A Wholly Healthy Glasgow by Ian Heggie – The Royal Exchange Theatre, Edinburgh International Festival, The Royal Court, 1988/89
- Women Laughing by Michael Wall – The Royal Exchange Theatre, (1992)
- The Lodger by Simon Burke. World premiere at the Royal Exchange Theatre, (1994)
- Primo 2004
- The Woman Before by Roland Schimmelpfennig – Royal Court, May 2005
- East Coast Chicken Supper by Martin J Taylor – The Traverse, 2005
- Rainbow Kiss by Simon Farquhar – Royal Court, April 2006
- Smack Family Robinson by Richard Bean – Kingston upon Thames, March and April 2013
- Blasted by Sarah Kane – Sheffield Studio, 2015
- Peggy For You by Alan Plater – Hampstead Theatre, 2021
- The Corrupted (BBC Radio 4 2017) as Melford Stevenson
- Believe It! (BBC Radio 4). As himself in a spoof comic autobiography written by Jon Canter
- Radio Diaries (BBC Radio 4 2021) as Archie, a former tango dance partner/teacher on cruise liners, now in a care home, looking back over his life relationship with the tango. Written by Ron Hutchinson.
Exercise videos Edit
- Let's Dance (1996)
- Walker, Lynne (12 June 1999). "he's all the rage". The Herald. Retrieved 24 October 2017.
- "BBC - Press Office - Merlin press pack: Richard Wilson". BBC. Retrieved 7 May 2020.
- "Richard Wilson's Beacon Theatre hopes". Greenock Telegraph. 27 March 2015. Retrieved 31 March 2018.
- Dugan, Emily (21 November 2010). "Richard Wilson: Retire? He doesn't believe in it". The Independent. UK: Independent Print. Retrieved 11 June 2011.
- "Richard Wilson – Drama Faces". BBC. Archived from the original on 16 December 2008. Retrieved 28 December 2008.
- Plunkett, Richard (26 July 2016). "I don't believe it! Victor Meldrew role almost went to Les Dawson". The Guardian. Retrieved 13 August 2016.
- United Kingdom list: "No. 53696". The London Gazette (Supplement). 10 June 1994. pp. 1–30.
- "Strawbs website". Strawbsweb.co.uk. 22 November 1968. Retrieved 7 August 2011.
- "One Foot on the Stage on Vialibri". Vialibri.net. Retrieved 7 August 2011.[dead link]
- "Train Journeys From Hell". Dispatches. Channel 4. 21 March 2011. Retrieved 21 March 2011.
- "He's all the rage". 12 June 1999.
- Rees, Jasper (26 June 2014). "Richard Wilson, interview: 'A lot of Scots hate me'". The Daily Telegraph. Archived from the original on 12 January 2022. Retrieved 22 November 2017.
- Ahad, Nick (4 July 2011). "The big interview: Richard Wilson". The Yorkshire Post. Retrieved 2 May 2018.
- Maddocks, Fiona (15 November 2015). "Interview. Richard Wilson: 'For a long time I thought Tony Blair was the greatest thing since cream cheese'". The Observer. Retrieved 2 April 2018.
- Earp, Catherine (2 March 2013). "'Merlin's Richard Wilson: 'I don't mind people knowing I'm gay'". Digital Spy. Retrieved 22 November 2017.
- "Richard Wilson". joinmust.org. Manchester United Supporters Trust. Retrieved 11 June 2011.
- McLean, Craig (12 July 2016). "Interview: Richard Wilson and Angus Deayton on how they won't be painting Edinburgh red together this Fringe". The List. Retrieved 22 November 2017.
- "Scottish Youth Theatre website". Scottishyouththeatre.org. 26 March 2008. Archived from the original on 28 July 2011. Retrieved 7 August 2011.
- "Celebrity supporters of Sense". Listal.com. 24 June 2009. Retrieved 7 August 2011.
- "Scene & Heard – Who We Are". sceneandheard.org. 2010. Archived from the original on 10 February 2009. Retrieved 19 June 2010.
- "Honorary Presidents and Members – SCDA". Retrieved 7 May 2020.
- "Delay in Labour braille and audio manifesto criticised". BBC News. BBC. 15 April 2010. Retrieved 5 May 2010.
- Young, Kevin (20 April 2010). "Election 2010: Political celebrities – then and now". BBC News. Retrieved 20 April 2010.
- "Victor Meldrew actor Richard Wilson suffers heart attack". BBC News. 12 August 2016. Retrieved 12 August 2016.
- "BBC Radio 4 - Desert Island Discs, Richard Wilson, actor and director". BBC. 20 June 2021. Retrieved 25 June 2021.
- Jones, Marcus (2016). "Richard Wilson's sister 'praying' as Victor Meldrew star suffers heart attack". Premier Christianity. Retrieved 22 November 2017.
- How to Get Ahead in Advertising, retrieved 8 May 2020
- Sherlock Gnomes (2018) - IMDb, retrieved 8 May 2020
- "Richard Wilson Archive". www.richardwilsonarchive.com.
- The Red Headed League, retrieved 8 May 2020
- Selling Hitler, retrieved 8 May 2020
- "Richard Wilson On The Road Episode 2 | presscentre".
- "BBC Radio 4 - Believe It!". BBC.
Further reading Edit
- J. Roose-Evans, One Foot on the Stage: The Biography of Richard Wilson