Richard Hope (actor)

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Richard Hope
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Hope in 2010
Kettering, England
EducationTrent Polytechnic BA (Hons) Law
Years active1976-present

Richard Hope is a British actor who gained recognition from Brideshead Revisited as the doltish junior officer, Hooper, under Jeremy Irons charge.[1] He is best known for playing Harris Pascoe in the UK TV drama Poldark. His theatre career includes in 1996, when he played Pierre Bezukhov in War and Peace at the Royal National Theatre having starred in another Tolstoy adaptation by Helen Edmundson, playing Levin in Anna Karenina. In 2015, he played Hector in The History Boys. In 2018–2019, he starred in the West End production The Woman in Black as Arthur Kipps.[2]


In 1978, Laurence Olivier gave him his first main professional TV part in Laurence Olivier Presents Saturday, Sunday, Monday by Eduardo de Filippo. He worked with him again in 1981 when he appeared in the first and last episodes of Brideshead Revisited in which he played Lieutenant Hooper.[citation needed]

He played Ford Prefect in the first stage production of Douglas Adams The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy with Ken Campbell’s The Science Fiction Theatre of Liverpool. He also appeared in their 22-hour epic The Warp and The Third Policeman. Campbell introduced him to Jérôme Savary and so Hope made his first West End appearance with his musical theater company Le Grand Magic Circus in 1001 Nights at the Shaftesbury Theatre in 1980.

He was Bertozzo in Accidental Death of an Anarchist (1979) UK Tour with Alfred Molina for The Belt and Braces Theatre Company directed by Gavin Richards ending at the Half Moon Theatre in London.[3] Richards played Molina's part when it transferred six months later to the Wyndham's Theatre West End.

In 1981, Peter Gill cast him in Don Juan and Much Ado About Nothing which started his long association with The National Theatre.[4] In 1984, he joined the Richard Eyre / David Hare Company [5] playing Bill Smiley in the premiere of Pravda with Anthony Hopkins[6] and then switching to the role of Eaton Sylvester in two extended revivals in the Olivier Theatre. This also included ensemble productions of The Government Inspector with Rik Mayall and Jim Broadbent and Tim McInnerny’s Hamlet, in which he played Horatio. He met Simon McBurney at the National Theatre Studio, where Hope helped devise and develop The Visit and Street of Crocodiles for Theatre de Complicite.[7] 1988 saw The Visit production as part of the 'Théâtre de Complicité at the Almeida' season, before the theatre closed for refurbishment; the production was revised in collaboration with The National Theatre in the Lyttleton stage in 1991.[8] The production was invited to Spoleto Festival USA .

In 1987, he played Salto in Handmade Films thriller Bellman and True, written and directed by Richard Loncraine, and Hull City A.F.C. fan Malcolm in Mark Herman’s comedy See You At Wembley, Frankie Walsh which won the Student Academy Award. In Piece of Cake (TV series) directed by Ian Toynton he was ‘Skull’ Skelton and he played Mortimer Tundish in both series of Debbie Horsfield's comedy drama The Riff Raff Element, with Celia Imrie and Nicholas Farrell.

In 1996, he returned to the National Theatre as Pierre Bezukhov in the Shared Experience joint production of Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace,[9] adapted by Helen Edmundson and directed by Nancy Meckler and Polly Teale. In 1998 he starred in another Tolstoy adaptation by Helen Edmundson, playing Levin in the Shared Experience production of Anna Karenina. Hope was Associate Director of this production which toured internationally, including runs at the Brooklyn Academy of Music[10] and the Lyric Theatre.[11][12] Clive Barnes of the New York Post described it as ‘One of the true highlights of a lifetime of theatre-going’.

In 2000, under coach Geoff Thompson (author of Real Punching), Hope learnt to wrestle for Jim Cartwright’s Hard Fruit at the Royal Court Theatre, directed by James Macdonald. During a performance of Hard Fruit, Hope broke his wrist when he hit a punch post that was missing its padding; he continued the run of the show with an “authentic” bandaged hand.[13] With Mark Rylance he was one of the six actors in Mike AlfredsCymbeline at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in 2001.[14] In 2002, the Royal National Theatre staged Simon Bent's adaptation of John Irving’s A Prayer for Owen Meany with Aidan McArdle as the title character and Hope as John Wheelwright.[15]

Hope has been in several police dramas: Superintendent Harold Spence in Agatha Christie's Poirot, Barry Purvis for two series of Murder Investigation Team (TV series) and semi-regular Rod Jesssop, the local headmaster, in The Bill.

Hope's first role in a musical was as Max Kellerman in Dirty Dancing at the Aldwych Theatre in 2010, staying for eighteen months. He played Horst Ehmke in Paul Miller’s revival in Sheffield of Michael Frayn's play Democracy, which transferred to London's Old Vic Theatre in 2012.[16] This was the third Frayn play he had performed in having toured the UK in Donkeys' Years and Noises Off.

Hope returned to the Almeida Theatre as Gabriel York in Andrew Bovell’s When the Rain Stops Falling in 2009[citation needed]} and in 2012 as Albany in King Lear with Jonathan Pryce.[17] In 2014, he played Queen Elizabeth I in the UK premiere of Sarah Ruhl's stage adaptation of Virginia Woolf's Orlando at the Royal Exchange with Suranne Jones and directed by Max Webster.[18][19] In 2015, he played Hector in Kate Saxon’s production of Alan Bennett's The History Boys in Sell A Door Theatre Company UK Tour.[20][21] In 2015-16, he continued his long-standing collaboration with Helen Edmundson, playing Sidney Godolphin in the original Royal Shakespeare Company production of her original play Queen Anne,[22] starring Natascha McElhone. In 2017 Queen Anne [23] transferred to the Haymarket Theatre with Romola Garai.[24]

He played recurring characters Malokeh and Bleytal (Silurians) in Doctor Who, and has recorded several related audios with Big Finish including Dr Who - Doom Coalition 3 'Absent Friends' which won the BBC Audio Drama Award 2017.

From May 2018 through March 2019 Richard played Arthur Kipps in The Woman in Black [2] by Susan Hill adapted into a stage play by Stephen Mallatratt at the Fortune Theatre, London. Richard had already played Jerome in the 2004 BBC Radio 4 version [25] directed by John Taylor as a Fiction Factory production.[26]

In 2019, he returned as Harris Pascoe, Ross Poldark's banker and friend, for his fifth season of Poldark with screenplay by Debbie Horsfield: He previously worked with her on The Riff Raff Element. He also appeared in an episode of Casualty.


Year Play Role Theatre
2018-2019 The Woman in Black Arthur Kipps Fortune Theatre London
2015-2017 Queen Anne Sidney Godolphin Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford and

Haymarket Theatre London

2015 History Boys Hector Sell A Door Theatre Company/UK Tour[21][20]
2015 Shostakovich's Hamlet Narrator and Performer City of London Sinfonia
2014 Orlando Queen Elizabeth I Royal Exchange, Manchester[18][19]
2012 King Lear Duke of Albany Almeida Theatre[17]
2012 Democracy Horst Ehmke Sheffield Theatres / transferred to The Old Vic[16]
2011 The Swan Russell National Theatre[27]
2011 There Is A War Field Commander Goodman National Theatre
2010-2011 Dirty Dancing Max Kellerman Aldwych Theatre
2009 When The Rain Stops Falling Gabriel York Almeida Theatre
2008 The Hour We Knew Nothing Of Each Other The Wanderer + 25 other parts National Theatre
Noises Off Freddie Fellowes Ambassador Theatre Group / UK Tour
2007 Donkeys' Years Norman Tate Sonia Friedman Productions/UK Tour [28][29]
2002 Life After George Duffy [30] Duchess Theatre
A Prayer for Owen Meany John Wheelwright [15] National Theatre
2001 Cymbeline Cymbeline [31] Shakespeare's Globe Theatre [14][32]
2000 Hard Fruit Sump [33] Royal Court Theatre[13]
1996 War and Peace Pierre [34] National Theatre/Shared Experience
1995 The Park Wolf Royal Shakespeare Company
1994 Betrayal Jerry West Yorkshire Playhouse
1993–1998 Anna Karenina Levin / Associate Director Shared Experience / UK & World Tours
1991 The Gentleman from Olmedo Tello The Gate[35]
Street of Crocodiles Father National Theatre Studio/Complicite
1990 Don Gil of the Green Britches Caramanchel The Gate
1988 & 1991 The Visit The Mayor Almeida Theatre/National Theatre / Complicite
1986 Hamlet Horatio[36] National Theatre
1985 The Government Inspector The Postmaster National Theatre
Pravda Bill Smiley(1985)/Eaton Sylvester(1986) [37] National Theatre
1982 Candida Lexy National Theatre / British Council Tour of India
1981 School for Clowns Puff Half Moon Theatre / Sylvester McCoy & Ken Campbell
Don Juan Peter National Theatre
Much Ado About Nothing George Seattle [38] National Theatre
1980 The Third Policeman MacCruskeen ICA / Ken Campbell's Science Fiction Theatre of Liverpool
One Thousand and One Nights Sultan, Emperor of the Desert, Baba Mustafa Le Grand Magic Circus / Shaftesbury Theatre
1979 The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Ford Prefect ICA / Ken Campbell's Science Fiction Theatre of Liverpool
Accidental Death of an Anarchist Bertozzo Belt and Braces Theatre Company / UK Tour
1978 The End Is Nigh Jesus New End Theatre / Ken Campbell
The White Deer Tocko Unicorn Theatre
The Warp Dr. Snarkle, Paul Crawford, Ed Gale and many others ICA and Roundhouse / Ken Campbell's Science Fiction Theatre of Liverpool
1977 The Seed Jerry Birmingham Rep
Mother Courage Young Soldier and Young Peasant Birmingham Rep
Henry IV Part 1 Gadshill / Sir Richard Vernon Shaw Theatre
1976 Romeo and Juliet Peter & Acting ASM Shaw Theatre



Year Film Role Other notes
2019 The Village in the Woods Charles [39]
2018 Finding Your Feet Care home manager
2011 Mr. Morgan's Last Love American philatelist
2005 Chromophobia Simon Whitemore
2004 Sergeant Pepper Christopher Fröhlich
Bloom Richard Neap Short film
2002 The Honeytrap Detective Fowler
2001 My Brother Tom Jessica's dad
1998 McLibel Judge
The Sea Change Alistair
1995 Feast of July Squire Wyman
The Last Post Man (lead) BAFTA nominated for Best Short Film
1992 Swords at Teatime Dennis Short film
1990 Antonia and Jane Norman Beer
1987 Bellman and True Salto
See You At Wembley, Frankie Walsh Malcolm (lead) Director Mark Herman won Oscar for Best Short Film
1985 Plenty Alistair
1984 Singleton's Pluck (aka Laughterhouse) Hubert
Scandalous Young Detective
1981 The French Lieutenant's Woman Third Assistant Director
1980 Bloody Kids Policeman #2
1980 Breaking Glass Audition musician


Year Title Role Other notes
2021 Doctors Edwin Thomas Episode: "Legend"[40]
2019 Casualty Joe
2015–2019 5 series Poldark Harris Pascoe
2017 Broadchurch (series3) Arthur Tamworth
2016 Unforgotten (series2) James Gregory
2015 And Then There Were None Inspector Maine
2014 The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies Exam Board Official
2014 Father Brown Sir St. John Pryde in episode 2.3 "Pride of the Prydes"
2013 The Great Train Robbery DCS Malcolm Fewtrell in "The Copper's Tale"
2013 The Smoke Eric Springer in "Jamais KO"
2013 Holby City Father Mattew Sinclair in "Journey's End"
2013 Doctors Sebastion Norris in "House Arrest"
2012 Doctor Who Bleytal in "Dinosaurs on a Spaceship"
2011 Doctor Who Malohkeh in "The Wedding of River Song"
2010 Doctor Who Malohkeh in "The Hungry Earth and Cold Blood"
2009 Holby City Christopher Gamble in "Running on Empty"


EastEnders Ted Hubbard
Midsomer Murders Neville Hayward Episode:”They seek him here”
2006 The Shell Seekers George Chamberlaine
2006–2008 Poirot Superintendent Harold Spence Episode:”Mrs McGinty’s Dead”
2006–2007 The Bill Rod Jessop
2006 The Thieving Headmistress Andy Pert
Wild West Judge Spicer
2005 Riot at the Rite Grigoriev
Silent Witness Dr Morrie Sanders Episode: "Mind and Body"
Doctors Colin Wheelan
2004 Trial of the King Killers John Bradshaw
New Tricks Brownlow
The Government Inspector Richard Sambrook
2003 Heartbeat James Vincent
Murder City George Collins
Murder in Suburbia Patrick
2003–2005 2 series MIT: Murder Investigation Team DS Barry Purvis
2003 Canterbury Tales Arty's father in The Pardoner's Tale
Foyle's War Frank Vaudrey in "Funk Hole"
2002 Tipping the Velvet Mr. Astley
Holby City Roger Stapleton
Forsyte Saga Gradman
The Bill Russell
William and Mary Dr Currie
2001 McCready and Daughter Tony Smith
A Is for Acid Dr. Archie Henderson
Judge John Deed Peter Taylor
High Stakes Peter Harrison
2000 In Deep Dr Kingswood
Midsomer Murders Gordon Brierley
Beef Encounter Prosecutor
Happy Birthday Shakespeare Colin
Rhona Doug
1999 Reach For The Moon Mr Fenton
Midsomer Murders Gordon Brierley
1998 2 series The Demon Headmaster Professor Tim Dexter
Children of the New Forest Heatherstone
Casualty Edmund White
1997 A Perfect State Simon
Bramwell Talbot
1996 Jackanory Storyteller
1995 The Vet Colin
Peak Practice Roy Shearer
Band Of Gold Richard
Tears Before Bedtime Stuart
1993 2 series The Riff Raff Element Mortimer Tundish
1991 Boon Sgt Keogh
The Bill Dyas
Itch[disambiguation needed] Geoff
1990 2 series Happy Families Mr Jump/ Captain Salt/ Mr Cash etc.
Children Crossing Tom
1989 Frederick Forsyth Presents - Death Has a Bad Reputation Donald Spry
Frederick Forsyth Presents - Casualty of War Donald Spry
Victoria Wood - We'd Quite Like to Apologise Alan Warburton
1988 Piece of Cake 'Skull' Skelton
Dogplant Owen
Burning Ambition Dick Trout
1986 Love and Marriage - The Clinger Alan
1984 December Flower Doctor
Wuffer Wuffer
1983 Wayne and Albert Ambulanceman
Scene - Simulation Exercise Exton
1981 Brideshead Revisited Lieutenant Hooper
1979 Heartland Steve
1978 Margie and Me Policeman
Crown Court PC Collins
People Like Us Teacher
Laurence Olivier Presents - Saturday Sunday Monday Attilio Produced by Laurence Olivier
1977 Secret Army Sgt. Hose
1975 By Common Consent Security Official

Audio work[edit]

Year Production Character Company Notes
2018 Dr Who - Shellshock General Reinhardt Big Finish
2017 Letters to the Lady Upstairs by Marcel Proust Narrator Harper Collins
2016 Survivors - Series 5.2 - New Blood Silus Broome Big Finish
2016 Dr Who - Doom Coalition 3 - Absent Friends Phillip Cook Big Finish Won BBC Audio Drama Award 2017
2015 Dr Who - Early Adventures - The Bounty of Ceres Moreland Big Finish
2015 Counter Measures - Series 4 William Heaton Big Finish
2015 Dr Who - Damaged Goods Harry Harvey Big Finish
2014 Counter Measures - Series 3 William Heaton, Mason Big Finish
2014 Avengers - Lost Episodes - Volume 2 Kollakis Big Finish
2013 Chronicles of AIT-The Lotos Effect Len (Norfolk), Paul the Vicar Fiction Factory / BBC
2013 41 Rue Monge Narrator Christine Hall / BBC 4
2012 Chronicles of AIT-The Saxon Stones Thurgis Fiction Factory / BBC
2009 Ruth Guardian, Thomas, Mr. Jones First Writes
2007 Man in the Water Narrator Pier Productions/BBC
2005 Murder on the Leviathan Dr. Truffo Goldhawk Essential Productions
2004 Woman in Black Jerome Fiction Factory
2004 What Hetty Did Mr. Bertwistle First Writes
2002 Diary of a Provincial Lady The Husband Watchmaker Productions
1997 To the Wedding BBC / Theatre de Complicite
1996 The Constant Prince Don Juan de Silva BBC
1995 People Like Us The Vicar (Rev Andrew Treverton in The Vicar) BBC


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