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Richard Wilson, real name – Ian Colquhoun Wilson – was born on 9 July, 1936 in Greenock. He worked as a research technician/scientist before becoming an actor and director. When he went into acting, he had to change his name as another actor was already called Ian Wilson.

Trained at RADA, Richard is perhaps best known for his extensive television work, which includes the BAFTA Award winning comedy/drama – One Foot in The Grave. His theatre work as an actor has included productions at the National Theatre, and the Royal Court among others. He is also a prolific theatre directorIn 1996, he was elected Rector of the University of Glasgow for a period of three years. He was awarded the OBE in 1994.

His many TV appearances include:

A Sharp Intake Of Breath (1977, 1978-81)

Only When I Laugh (1979-82)

High And Dry (1985 (Pilot), 1987)

Hot Metal (1986, 1988)

Tutti Frutti (1987)

One Foot In The Grave (1990-2000)

Under The Hammer (1994)