Richard Leech

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Richard Leech
Actor Richard Leech.jpg
in Lease of Life (1954)
Born Richard Leeper McClelland
(1922-11-24)24 November 1922
Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland, UK
Died 24 March 2004(2004-03-24) (aged 81)
London, England, UK
Years active 1949–1988
Spouse(s) Helen Hyslop Uttley (her death)
Diane Margaret McClelland (1975 – his death)
Children 2

Richard Leech (24 November 1922 – 24 March 2004), born Richard Leeper McClelland, was an Irish actor.[1]

Richard Leeper McClelland was born in Dublin, Ireland, the son of Isabella Frances (Leeper) and Herbert Saunderson McClelland, a lawyer. He was educated at Haileybury and Trinity College, Dublin, and qualified as a doctor in 1945.[2] He worked in that profession from 1945-6, then became a full-time actor.[3]

His numerous film credits include The Dam Busters (1955) (playing Dinghy Young), Night of the Demon (1957), Yangtse Incident: The Story of HMS Amethyst (1957), Ice Cold in Alex (1958), Tunes of Glory (1960), Young Winston (1972), Gandhi (1982) and the acclaimed The Shooting Party (1985).[4]

On television Richard Leech appeared in Dickens of London, The Barchester Chronicles, Smiley's People, three episodes of The Avengers in different roles, Redcap, Danger Man, The Doctors, The New Avengers, The Duchess of Duke Street, and starred in a Doctor Who story called The Sun Makers.[5][1][4]

He married twice, with Helen Hyslop Uttley and Diane Pearson, and had two children: Sarah-Jane McClelland and Eliza McClelland.[2][6]

Selected filmography[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Richard Leech". BFI. 
  2. ^ a b Eric Shorter. "Obituary: Richard Leech". the Guardian. 
  3. ^ "Richard Leech". 2 April 2004. 
  4. ^ a b "Richard Leech". 
  5. ^ "Richard Leech". CBS Interactive. 
  6. ^ Hal Erickson. "Richard Leech - Biography, Movie Highlights and Photos - AllMovie". AllMovie. 

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