Richard Dempsey

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Richard Dempsey
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Richard Dempsey
Born Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, England
Occupation Actor
Years active 1988–present

Richard Dempsey (born 16 May 1973 in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, England) is an English actor.


Richard Dempsey

Dempsey's first role was as Peter Pevensie in the BBC's adaptation of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe in 1988. The following year, he appeared in the adaptation of Prince Caspian. His other UK TV appearances have included Doc Martin, Dracula, Sherlock Holmes (The Last Vampyre), Crime Traveller, Island at War and Egypt.

He made his professional stage debut in the role of Jack in the Original London production of the award-winning musical Into the Woods with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim at The Phoenix Theatre. After training at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama he starred as Nick Piazza in the Original Cast of West End hit musical Fame and originated the role of Ugly in the musical Honk!

He has since performed in a large variety of roles in television, film and on stage with the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Royal National Theatre, Michael Grandage Company, Frantic Assembly and Propeller.

In the Michael Grandage West End production of A Midsummer Night's Dream he played Peter Quince opposite David Walliams as Bottom. This was followed by a year playing Mr Bucket in Sam Mendes West End production of "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" at The Theatre Royal Dury Lane, also appearing as Willy Wonka.

He played The Compère In the North American Premiere Of The WYP production of Baz Luhrmann’s Strictly Ballroom at The Prince of Wales Theatre, Toronto directed by Drew McOnie

In Rob Ashford's Chichester Festival Theatre production of "A Damsel In Distress" he played Reggie Byng. "absolutely pitch perfect in every way. The stage lights up when he enters, and he lands every line with skilful precision. This one of the great character performances of the musical stage in some time. Flawless is not an overstatement." British Theatre Guide, "Richard Dempsey adorable as Reggie" Financial Times, "Richard Dempsey"s silly ass is the essence of adorability" The Sunday Times.

In the 2015 London revival of TS Eliot's The Cocktail Party he played Edward Chamberlain directed by Abby Wright.

He also starred in Mark Ravenhill's Citizenship with Matt Smith, Andrew Garfield and Andrea Riseborough at the Royal National Theatre, and toured with the production to Hong Kong.

Dempsey appeared in the original cast of the stage adaptation of Eleanor Bergstein's Dirty Dancing at the Aldwych Theatre in London's West End playing Neil Kellerman.

Dempsey appeared in Edward Hall's all-male productions of A Midsummer Night's Dream and The Merchant of Venice, playing Titania and Lorenzo, touring to New York's Brooklyn Academy of Music, Tokyo, Rome, Athens, Milan, Galway and throughout the UK. "The moonlit romantic scene in the last act between Jessica and her husband, Lorenzo, played with a light ease by Richard Dempsey, is an unexpected high point."-The New York Times .He played opposite Josefina Gabrielle as The Rt Hon Gerald Bolingbroke in the Sheffield Crucible's production of Me and My Girl.

Returning to Propeller he played Hermione in The Winter's Tale alongside Henry V at the Hampstead Theatre in London and toured the productions to Australia, New Zealand and China. "Richard Dempsey's Hermione, whose appeal against the accusation of adultery is handled with an exquisite balance of bewilderment, dignity and despair."- The Guardian

In the Southwark Playhouse production of Victor Victoria he starred as Toddy. "The real star of the evening is Richard Dempsey whose turn as Toddy is both hilarious and uplifting" Whats On Stage "Richard Dempsey as Toddy is so endearing you want to hug him" - The Telegraph

Richard Dempsey's voice can be heard on the Original UK Cast Recordings of Into the woods, Fame, Honk!, Just So, Dirty Dancing, and the concert recording of A Spoonful of Stiles and Drewe.



Year Title Role Notes
1994 Prince of Jutland Sigurd
1998 The Barber of Siberia The stutterer
2000 24 Hours in London Olly Walsh


Year Title Role Notes
1988 The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Peter Pevensie 6 episodes
1989 The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian Peter Pevensie 2 episodes
1991 Tonight at 8.30 Alf / Mr Burnham 2 episodes
1993 The Good Guys Dominic Episode: Old School Ties
Anna Lee Sam Tulloch TV movie
The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes Jack Ferguson Episode: The Last Vampyre
Don't Leave Me This Way Felix Neil TV movie
1994 The Inspector Alleyn Mysteries Patrick Episode: "Dead Water"
1995 Wycliffe James Coryn Episode: "Lost Contact"
1997 Student Prince Sebastian TV movie
Crime Traveller Nicky Robson 8 episodes
1999 Scarlet Pimpernel Comte de Claris de Florian TV mini-series
Tilly Trotter Harry Sopwith TV mini-series, 2 episodes
Aristocrats Lord Beaufield TV mini-series
Wives and Daughters Mr Bold TV mini-series
2003-11 Doctors Gareth Appleton 2 episodes
2004 Island at War Eugene La Salle
2005 Egypt William Beechey TV mini-series, Episode: The Temple of the Sands
Peter Warlock, Some Little Joy Moeran TV movie
2013 Doc Martin Colin Westmore Episode: Departure
Downton Abbey Footman Season 4, Episode 8
Dracula Dewhurst Episode: Of Monsters and Men

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