Richard Lumsden

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Richard Lumsden
Richard James Lumsden[1][2]

(1965-06-24) 24 June 1965 (age 57)[2]
Lancashire, England[2]
EducationLady Manners School
Alma materGuildford School of Acting
Occupation(s)Actor, writer, composer, musician
Years active1988–present
(m. 1995; sep. 2015)

Richard James Lumsden (born 24 June 1965) is an English actor, writer, composer and musician. He has made regular appearances on TV and film throughout his career. Notable series include Channel 4's Emmy-award winning Sugar Rush, Is it Legal, Wonderful You and The Singapore Grip. He played Ray in Radio 4’s long-running comedy Clare in the Community.



Lumsden's early television work includes Foggy in two series of First of the Summer Wine, Nutter in The Sharp End, Waterfront Beat, One Foot In The Grave, Brittas Empire, Nelson’s Column, Grace and Favour, Coogan’s Run - Death Of A Salesman, and Hornblower.

He played Colin in three series of Simon Nye's Is it Legal?, Henry in Wonderful You, Charles in All About Me, Roger in The House That Jack Built, as well as episodes of Dangerfield, People Like Us, Hardware, Love Soup, The Croydon Poisonings. Nathan in two series of Sugar Rush, and appearances in Party Animals, Suburban Shootout, Dis/connected, U Be Dead, and Free Agents. He appeared as Martin in series three of The Catherine Tate Show, and Arnold, an ex-boyfriend of Clare Bates in EastEnders.

Other tv shows include; Grown Ups, Summer In Transylvania, Garrow’s Law, two series of The Impressions Show, three series of Life Of Riley, Vexed, Midsommer Murders, Rebecca Front’s Little Cracker, By Any Means, All At Sea, as well as sixteen appearances as different characters in Holby City, Casualty and Doctors, all for the BBC.

More recent TV work includes Remember Me, Trollied, Father Brown, three series as Tony in BBC’s Millie In Between, Crazyhead, Doc Marten, Shakespeare and Hathaway. He played General Percival in ITV’s WW2 drama The Singapore Grip filmed in Malaysia, and Taylor Lawson in series 25 of Silent Witness.


Lumsden played Robert Ferrars in Ang Lee’s Sense and Sensibility. He also appeared in The Avengers, Room To Rent, Silent Cry, Gospel of John, Attila The Hun, City Slacker, Morris A Life With Bells On (for which he also composed the music) and Ben Wheatley’s Sightseers.

In 2014, Lumsden starred in the independent British feature film Downhill, directed by James Rouse, a comedy about four friends attempting Alfred Wainwright's Coast to Coast Walk. He played Ballested in Jan Vardoen’s Heart Of Lightness, shot in Norway’s Arctic Circle, and General Ismay in Joe Wright’s Darkest Hour (2016).

Most recently Lumsden starred as Paul in Brook Driver & Finn Bruce’s debut feature film Swede Caroline, alongside Jo Hartley & Celyn Jones, due for release in 2022/23.


Notable theatre work includes: White Teeth (Kiln, 2018), It’s All Made Up (Royal Court, 2017), Cartwright (Telegin) in Chekhov's Uncle Vanya for director Robert Icke (also providing the on-stage musical accompaniment, 2016).[4], and Mr Webb in David Cromer’s internationally celebrated production of Our Town (2014), both at the Almeida in London.

He performed his own one–man musical play We Could Be Heroes at the Bridewell Theatre, 2004, later transferring to the Mill Theatre, Yvonne Arnaud in Guildford and the Arts Theatre, West End. His repertory theatre work at Stoke-on-Trent and Basingstoke includes the title roles in Hamlet and Master Harold & The Boys, and productions of As You Like It, King Lear, A Trip To Scarborough, Amadeus, Juno and the Paycock, Far From The Madding Crowd and Having A Ball. He played Roche in Rat in the Skull at Theater Exchange, Minneapolis USA, and John Thorpe in Northanger Abbey at Greenwich.


His writing work includes a seven-hour drama Wonderful You for ITV (co-written with Chris Niel), in which he also starred, a one-man musical We Can Be Heroes which he performed in London, and five verse plays for BBC Radio 4: John Dodd Gets Taken for a Ride (shortlisted for the BBC / Society of Authors’ Imison award for new writing), A Good Place For Fishing which starred Anne Reid, and Man in the Moon, with Tom Courtenay (shortlisted for the BBC/ Society of Authors’ Tinniswood award) and A Book By Lester Tricklebank (with Stephen Tompkinson). Readings of his play Skeletons have taken place at Soho Theatre and Leicester Square Theatre.

Hs debut novel The Six Loves of Billy Binns, was published by Tinder Press In January 2019.[5] He had previously adapted his story for Radio 4 under the same title, also starring Tom Courtenay.


Lumsden plays a number of instruments including piano, guitars, bass, banjo, ukulele etc., and has composed music for cinema, television & theatre, including the orchestral & folk soundtrack to the 2009 film Morris: A Life with Bells On, a full musical score for Alice in Wonderland at the New Vic Theatre in Stoke, title music for BBC’s The Morning Show, and incidental music for numerous TV dramas and theatre productions. He has played many UK gigs with his band Henry Kissing Her, releasing two albums; A Little of Who You Fancy (1996) & Pull (2006). He also released a CD of piano music, Concert From The Eyrie (2001). In 2012, Lumsden and fiddle virtuoso John Dipper released the folk album Sunshine Takes You. Lumsden released his ‘final’ album of songs, The Unhurt in 2020.


Lumsden attended Lady Manners School, situated in Bakewell in the Peak District, before he trained at the Guildford School of Acting, graduating in 1986. In 1995,[3] Lumsden married actress Sophie Thompson; they separated in 2015. They have two sons, Ernie James (born 1997) and Walter Eric (born 2000).[citation needed]


Year Title Role Notes
1988–1989 First of the Summer Wine Foggy Dewhurst 13 episodes
1995–1998 Is It Legal? Colin Lotus 21 episodes
1995 Sense and Sensibility Robert Ferrars
1997 Chalk Ronald Langland Episode: "The New Student"
1998 The Avengers Boodle's Porter
2000 Room to Rent Sam
2001 Attila Petronius Maximus
2002 Silent Cry Tim Cox
2003 The Gospel of John Baptist's Disciple #2
2004–2009 The Catherine Tate Show Martin / Bob Cratchit / Ray 6 episodes
2005–2006 Sugar Rush Nathan Daniels 20 episodes
2009 Morris: A Life with Bells On Plush Gurney
2010–2011 Summer in Transylvania Mike Farley 4 episodes
2011 Life of Riley Roger Weaver 11 episodes
2012 Sightseers Rambler
2012 City Slacker Simon
2013 By Any Means Raymond Nash 1 episode
2013 Midsomer Murders David Farmer Episode: "The Sicilian Defence"
2014 Heart of Lightness Ballested
2014 Downhill Gordon
2015–2018 Millie Inbetween Tony McDonald 29 episodes
2016 Father Brown Peter Blackstone Episode: "The Resurrectionists"
2017 Darkest Hour General Ismay
2020 Doctors Alex Dowling Episode: "Unspoken"[4]
2021 Silent Witness Dr Taylor Lawson Episode : "Redemption"


  1. ^ "Researcha". Retrieved 3 September 2020.
  2. ^ a b c "Birth Registration Details" (Retrieved: 4 August 2009)
  3. ^ a b "Marriage Registration Details" (Retrieved: 4 August 2009)
  4. ^ Writer: Linda Thompson; Director: Niall Fraser; Producer: Simon J Curtis (21 March 2020). "Unspoken". Doctors. BBC. BBC One.

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