Richard Lintern

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Richard Lintern
Richard Lintern in Alpbach, Austria.jpg
Lintern in Alpbach, Austria (Better image requested please, no backlit silhouette)
Richard Charles Lintern

(1962-10-08) 8 October 1962 (age 57)
Taunton, Somerset, England
Years active1987–present

Richard Charles Lintern (born 8 October 1962 in Taunton, Somerset) is an English stage, voice and screen actor.


Lintern studied English Literature at Durham University as a member of Van Mildert College, graduating with a 2:1 degree in 1984.[1] He subsequently won a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.


Lintern has an extensive stage career, spending most professional time in the West End and the Royal National Theatre. He has appeared across the UK, including roles at the Royal National Theatre, the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Royal Court Theatre <The Merchant of Venice at the West Yorkshire Playhouse and Hamlet at the Bristol Old Vic. As well as many TV shows, including Lead Balloon, Screenplay, The Beggar Bride, Covington Cross, Midsomer Murders, Cadfael, Lewis, She's Out, Demob, The Storyteller, Victoria Wood, The Line of Beauty, Forever Green, The Good Guys, The Bill, Casualty, Plotlands, Heartbeat, Performance, Holding the Baby, Bloodlines, which is loosely based on the life and disappearance of Lord Lucan.,[2] Taggart, The Inspector Lynley Mysteries and Agatha Christie's Poirot.

Lintern played a young Muhammad Ali Jinnah in the 1998 film Jinnah, and an American police officer in the 1998 film Lost Souls. He also starred in the 2007 gay drama film by Channel 4 Clapham Junction, where he played Will, who is entering a civil partnership.[3] He was also in The Bank Job in 2008 playing an MI5 officer ordered to retrieve the embarrassing proceeds of a bank robbery in 1970s London. Other films include Syriana, Page Eight, Malaventura, and The Calling. Lintern also appeared in the third series of the television drama, The House of Eliott. In 2011 he appeared in the BBC series The Shadow Line, and in 2012 in Hunted for BBC One and HBO. He played Hector Stokes.[4] He played Thomas Chamberlain, the head of the Lyell Centre in The BBC series Silent Witness.

Lintern has played two different characters in Heartbeat. The first was in the episode Love's Sweet Dream, in which he played Ray Richards, a violent and abusive husband. He was later cast as Ben Norton, estate manager to Lord Ashfordly, who marries the village doctor.

Richard Lintern is also a voice-over artist, having voiced commercials for Gillette, Ferrero Rocher, Mercedes and Film4. He is the narrator of a number of documentary series including the BAFTA-winning Between Life and Death.

Personal life[edit]

Lintern is married and has three sons. The family lives in London and Somerset.


Year Title Role Notes
1993 Dead Man's Mirror John Lake
1998 Jinnah Muhammad Ali Jinnah (Younger)
Lost Souls Graham Scofield
2000 The Calling Marc St.Clair
2005 Syriana
2006 Natasha
The Line of Beauty
2007 Clapham Junction Will
Cassandra's Dream Director
2008 The Bank Job Tim Everett
2009 Unmade Beds Anthony Hemmings
2011 The Suspicions of Mr Whicher Henry Ludlow
The Shadow Line DCS Richard Patterson
Page Eight Max Vallance
2012 Endeavour
White Heat Miles
Hunted Hector Stokes
2014–present Silent Witness Dr. Thomas Chamberlain
2015 Foyle's War Charles Lucas Episode: "Trespass"
2017 The Crown Stephen Ward Episode: "Mystery Man"


  1. ^ "Durham University Gazette, 1983/84". Retrieved 13 March 2018.
  2. ^ "Bloodlines: Legacy of a Lord." (1997)
  3. ^ "A violent reminder that homophobia hasn't gone away". Retrieved 16 November 2012.
  4. ^ Radio Times Hunted Cast List

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