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Richard Dillane (born 1964) is an English actor. He played British agent Peter Nicholls in Ben Affleck's 2012 Iran-based political thriller, Argo, winner among other things of the 2013 Oscar, Bafta and Golden Globe for Best Picture, and Merv 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 GB 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.
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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.
Other television work includes playing Carter, the captain of the shape-changing justice robot Teselecta in Let's Kill Hitler and The Wedding of River Song, the 2011 series of Doctor Who, 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 surgeon Sean Anderson in Casualty and Australian sergeant Brad Connor in the award-winning[clarification needed] ITV series Soldier Soldier.
In 2015, he played Charles Brandon, Duke of Suffolk in the BBC TV series Wolf Hall, and in 2016 he appeared in the lead role of DCI Michael Waite in the BBC TV series "Silent Witness".
Dillane has played at the National Theatre in London and the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon. At 24 he played Hamlet in Perth, Australia, directed by Ray Omodei. 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.
He is also the sinister narrator of several true crime documentary series including Killer Clergy which currently airs on CBS Reality.
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.
In 1988 he directed a production of Molière's "Tartuffe" for the Old Nick Company at the University of Tasmania, Hobart. He is married to Scotland-born British actress, actress Jayne McKenna, best known for her role in popular British soap opera Footballer's Wives.